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Three years on from 2016’s 30-year anniversary of goth rock legends The Mission and the release of their fantastic album Another Fall from Grace, frontman Wayne Hussey is seeing quite the busy year in 2019.
First there was the release of several collaborative tracks with Beauty in Chaos (Michael Ciravolo) and Simon Gallup, as well as Marc Bolan’s son Rolan Bolan, followed by the issuance of his autobiography Salad Daze in May. Now we also have caught word of another new impressive undertaking.
Wayne Hussey has announced UK dates with London-based dark ethereal artist Evi Vine, as part of his European tour, which will be happening in autumn. Hussey will be touring in support of his long-awaited autobiography Salad Daze. Evi Vine is supporting her new album Black Light White Dark.
Evi Vine contributed backing vocals on The Mission’s 2016 album Another Fall From Grace, which hit the UK top-40 album chart. In 2016-17, she toured with Wayne Hussey and The Mission as featured vocalist for their 30th Anniversary Tour.
At their peak, The Mission were known to be one of the best live bands on the planet, fostering a sense of community. As noted by The Quietus, “When they first shot to the top of the UK indie charts 25 years ago, they were a welcome and necessary blast of license and libido, energy and entertainment.” Hussey’s Salad Daze book, which was published on May 23 by Omnibus Press, details Wayne’s life from childhood to his days with The Mission. A confessional, engaging and explicit account of life in the eye of rock’s storm conveyed with warmth, humor, and laugh-out-loud moments.
“My autobiography was recently published and, to celebrate, I’m going out on a mammoth tour of Europe. Having been in solitary confinement and chained to a desk for the last year or so I thought it was time to go and make some music and be a little sociable with the world. Hence, I’m playing 50 plus shows in just over two months visiting the UK, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, & Sweden,” says Wayne Hussey.
“It’ll either kill me or make a man of a me at last. For the UK shows I am delighted to have Evi Vine as my very special guest. Evi, who recently released a third solo album ‘Black White Light Dark’, sang onstage with The Mission in 2016-17 on our ‘Another Fall from Grace’ tour. I am also hoping to persuade Evi to maybe join me onstage each night to sing a few songs together. It was always one of the highlights of the Mission show for me when Evi and I got to perform one acoustic song, I always looked forward to that moment.”
Born in Bristol and raised as a Mormon, Wayne had his epiphany as a young boy while watching Marc Bolan and T-Rex on Top Of The Pops. Seeing his destiny in a blinding flash of glitter, mascara and dark curls, he decided he was going to be a rock star. After moving to Liverpool, Wayne eventually gained recognition and notoriety as lead singer and principal songwriter in The Mission after putting in time as a guitarist with Sisters Of Mercy, Dead Or Alive, and Pauline Murray’s Invisible Girls.
Most recently, both Wayne Hussey and Evi Vine have been collaborating with LA-based supergroup Beauty in Chaos, spearheaded by Michael Ciravolo and also involving members of The Cure, Ministry, Cheap Trick, King’s X, The Offspring, Van Halen, Marilyn Manson and Bauhaus, as well as Ice T, Tim Palmer, and Rolan Bolan, among others.
The UK tour with Evi Vine starts on August 26 in Nuneaton, running until November 8 at Stockholm’s Nalen Klubb. His final UK date is November 10, appearing at the Louder Than Words festival in Manchester. Hussey will also embark on a full European solo tour this year.
TOUR DATES (all dates with Evi Vine, except where indicated *)
Aug 26 Nuneaton – Queens Hall
Aug 27 Winchester – Discovery Centre
Aug 28 Bristol – Hen & Chicken Club (H & C Club)
Aug 29 Worcester – Marr’s Bar
Aug 30 Cardiff – The Fuel Rock Club
Aug 31 Oxford – The Bullingdon
Sept 1 Hastings – Black Market VIP
Oct 22 Southend-On-Sea – Chinnery’s
Oct 23 Bedford – Esquires
Oct 24 Manchester – Night People
Oct 25 Blackpool – Bootleg Social
Oct 26 Newcastle – Cluny
Oct 27 Glasgow – The Audio
Nov 2 Whitby Pavillion – Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival * (with The Divine)
Nov 5 London – Nambucca
Nov 6 Bath – Komedia
Nov 8 Stockholm – Nalen Klubb
Nov 10 Manchester – Louder Than Words book festival *
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