Plus1 is delighted to announce legendary post-punk goths The Mission will perform two New Zealand shows as part of their 30th Anniversary tour this November.
The Mission (UK) will return to New Zealand for the first time since 1990 to perform in Wellington (Bodega) on Friday 18 November and Auckland (Powerstation) on Saturday 19 November, 2016.
Fans will appreciate the touring band still features three-quarters of the original line-up - Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler – along with explosive new drummer, Mike Kelly.
The band’s memories of their last trip to New Zealand are hazy (they weren’t dubbed the kings of excess for nothing) while the world fell in love with goth rock gems like Wasteland, Butterfly on a Wheel, Tower of Strength, and Deliverance.
Back in late 1985 Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left The Sisters Of Mercy and formed The Mission and in early 1986 embarked on their first European tour, supporting The Cult. They released 2 singles independently, both reaching No.1 in the UK alternative charts, before signing a worldwide record deal with Phonogram (now Universal).
Their first single for the new label, 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 anthemic classics such as Wasteland, Tower Of Strength, Beyond The Pale, Deliverance and Butterfly On A Wheel.
The Mission gained a hard-earned reputation as one of the best and most exciting live bands in the world, winning countless accolades, with highlights like seven sold out consecutive shows at the Astoria Theatre in London, and twice headlining Reading Festival. Total worldwide album sales are now in excess of three million.
“The Mission have lost none of the passion and verve that had them rightly at the top of the live circuit tree.” Dom Daley – Uber Rock, June 2015
“Entering the darkened stage in a sea of dry ice, Wayne Hussey’s stage presence is a sight to behold. The sing-a-long from the crowd is obligatory but it’s also testament to how great The Mission have become. A truly magnificent performance.” – Backseat Mafia, June 2015.