1986 was the year that saw Liverpool beat Merseyside rivals Everton 3-1 at Wembley to win the FA Cup and complete their first league and cup double, Spitting Image hit the No. 1 spot in the UK pop charts with the irredeemable 'Chicken Song', and Robert De Niro starred in a film called 'The Mission'. But the biggest cultural event of the year was when Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler, and Mick Brown formed the UK rock band The Mission and started on their quest of subverting the youth of a nation with wild acts of debauchery and revelry unheard of since the heady days of Led Zeppelin.
Along the way the band actually found time to make some damn fine records too and played to fanatical packed houses throughout the world racking up countless hits and headlines.
October 2011 sees The Mission return with three of the original members - Hussey, Adams, and Hinkler - to play a series of shows throughout Europe to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
The band's singer and flame carrier Wayne Hussey:
"So, when I was asked if I would like to play a London show celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Mission my immediate thought was how can I make this more memorable and more of an event than the four sold out Shepherd Bush shows we played back in early 2008? What, exactly, would our audience really like to see? My first thought was to try and persuade the original line-up of the band to get together again - so, with reluctant promises of no sex and no drugs and a treadmill on the tour bus I managed to persuade Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler to join me for the show. And we'll only be playing songs from the albums we actually recorded together so it'll be all the early 'hits' and more and none of any of that recent bollocks and I promise, no new songs. If you want new songs then get yourself along to one of my solo shows next time I'm on tour. Yeah, this Mission show, it's gonna be all about nostalgia."
|14 Dec 13||O2 Academy||Glasgow, UK|
|15 Dec 13||O2 Academy||Leeds, UK|
|17 Dec 13||O2 Academy||Birmingham, UK|
|18 Dec 13||Brixton O2 Academy||London, UK|
|20 Dec 13||Batschkapp||Frankfurt|
|21 Dec 13||Postbahnof||Berlin|
|22 Dec 13||Markthalle||Hamburg|
|23 Dec 13||Live Music Hall||Koln|