As hinted at last summer, classic goth-rock act The Mission will reunite next year for a special 25th anniversary concert in London — although it’s not yet known whether this will lead to the series of U.K. and European concerts originally envisioned by bandleader Wayne Hussey.
For the Oct. 22 concert at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, Hussey has enlisted original members Simon Hinkler (guitar) and Craig Adams (bass). Last summer, when Hussey first suggested the reunion, he wrote, “I have seen and spoken with (original drummer) Mick Brown and, unfortunately, I have to tell you that Mick won’t be performing with us.”
The London concert will be the first by The Mission since the band’s string of album-spanning farewell gigs in London in February and March 2008. Since then, Hussey has released a solo album, Bare, and toured on his own. Earlier this year, he released a posthumous Mission compilation, Dum Dum Bullet, featuring previously unreleased demos, new songs left over from the God Is a Bullet sessions.
Last summer, Hussey broached the reunion idea onstage, then posted a note in the forum on the Mission’s official site asking for fan input on possible anniversary shows. At the time, Hussey wrote that he was considering two U.K shows (in London and Leeds), plus “some select cities in continental Europe,” possibly next September.
There’s a presale beginning Wednesday for the London show.
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