The Mission/Blood Brothers | O2 Academy Islington | 23 July 2015
The O2 Academy Islington is sticky hot. And not just due to the raging sea of bodies, sometimes piled on top of each other, their arms aloft, singing/chanting/shouting as one. On a summer’s night.
Wayne Hussey reveals he’s coming down with something and needs to sweat it out. So the temperature’s been turned up. But that’s the only concession he makes to his condition – during a jubilant two-and-a-half hours on stage, there’s no hint the singer and guitarist isn’t running at 100%. Instead, perhaps buoyed by the rapturous crowd, he genuinely seems to relish performing with all the intensity and passion demanded by his songs – be they hits or rarities.
The Mission and their intimate-show alter egos, Blood Brothers, treated a sold-out O2 Academy Islington to close on three hours of classics (‘Butterfly On A Wheel’, ‘Tower Of Strength’, ‘Deliverance’), newer tracks (‘Wither On The Vine’, ‘Swan Song’, ‘Black Cat Bones’), and rarely performed fan favourites (‘Swoon’, ‘Evangeline’).
Read our review of The Mission and Blood Brothers at O2 Academy Islington here.
Megadeth and Lamb Of God are playing Wembley Arena on 14 November 2015 as part of a full UK and Eire co-headline tour.
The jaunt will coincide with the release of Megadeth’s 15th studio album which they have recently completed, and the 30th anniversary of their influential debut ‘Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!’.