The Mission are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a global tour that kicks off in Dublin on 1 October 2016.
Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler, and Mike Kelly reach London a week later, playing O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 8 October.
“30 bloody years! Who would’ve thought it, eh? As we were well renowned for our, ahem, lifestyle choices, shall we say, I remember Melody Maker ran an office pool betting which member of The Mission would die first,” Hussey wrote on the band’s website.
“Well, we’re still here, alive and well and still going strong. It seems to me that anyone who survives past the age of 50 in this business these days is given honorary legendary status. It’s cheaply given, in my opinion, but we’ll take it.”
Hussey and Adams left The Sisters of Mercy in late 1985 and played their first gig as The Sisterhood on 20 January 1986. Their debut major label single, ‘Stay With Me’, went straight into the UK chart at No. 30, followed by their debut album ‘God”s Own Medicine’ at No. 14.
Over the next eight years the band released six more albums and had a further 12 hit singles including ‘Wasteland’, ‘Tower Of Strength’, ‘Beyond The Pale’, ‘Deliverance’, and ‘Butterfly On A Wheel’. Total worldwide album sales to date have now well exceeded 3 million.
During this period, The Mission toured constantly with highlights including seven sold out consecutive shows at London’s Astoria Theatre, headlining the Reading Festival twice, and playing with U2, The Cure, and Robert Plant.
After calling it a day in 1996 they re-emerged three years later, embarking on a year-long tour that saw them visit places as far flung as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, USA, South Africa, and Greece and kicking off a decade of new albums, live DVDs, and extensive touring. But in March 2008 Hussey disbanded the group following a farewell tour which culminated with four shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.
In 2011, three-quarters of the band’s original line-up – Hussey, Adams, and Hinkler – reformed with new drummer Kelly, for a 25th anniversary tour. Its success led them to record a new album, ‘The Brightest Light’, released in late 2013.
“I seriously never thought I’d see this day but 30 years is a remarkable achievement,” Hussey concluded. “Not one we could have achieved without the support and patronage of our brilliant audience. This celebration is for YOU as much as it is for our retirement funds.”