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AT WAR WITH THE GODS tells the story of the first 25 years of The Mission, from the speed-fuelled beginnings in Leeds to the tour which in 2011 saw the band reform and tread the boards of some of the most important venues in the world once again.

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THE MISSION

During the 1980s, in a music landscape that was learning to build new trends from the rubble left by the punk storm, The United Kingdom confirmed its role as an inexhaustible source of artists of every kind. In the north of the country, far away from the din of a metropolis turned into a Mecca for millions of visiting rock music lovers, new ways of interpreting new-wave and post-punk developed, and bands were formed which would thoroughly embody them. Here, between Bristol, Liverpool and Leeds, began the musical mission of guitarist and singer Wayne Hussey; a story painted in the romantic hues of gothic rock and which crossed paths with the exploits of Led Zeppelin, U2, The Cure e The Cult, rich with prestigious achievements as well as tumultuous chapters.

WAYNE HUSSEY

Vocals, guitars and music

CRAIG ADAMS

Bass – present

SIMON HINKLER

Guitars – present

MIKE KELLY

Drums – present

MARK GEMINI THWAITE

Guitars from 1992 to 2001, and from 2005 to 2008

MILES HUNT

Singer from The Wonder Stuff…

…and old friend of Wayne Hussey!

JULIANNE REGAN

Singer from All About Eve

With The Mission: backing vocals from 1986 to 1990 and in 2007, and live guest in 1987 & 1988

STOKO

One of the leaders of the legendary Mish fan base: The Eskimo!

GEORGE ALLEN

The Mission manager

GRAHAM CHISNALL

Wayne Hussey’s tour-manager, roadie & friend

PAUL MORGAN

The Mission webmaster

CINTHYA HUSSEY

Wayne’s wife

BILLY DUFFY

Guitarist from The Cult

With The Mission: live guest in 1986 & 1988

RICHARD CARTER

Keyboards & Guitars from 1992 to 1996

DEAD GUITARS

Opening band for the ‘Farewell Tour’

Remarks: the Dead Guitars album ‘Flags’ features contributions by Wayne Hussey, Mark Gemini Thwaite, and Richard Vernon.

ANDY COUSIN

Ex member of All About Eve

The Mission bass-player from 1993 to 1996

SCOTT GARRETT

Drums from 1999 to 2002

ROB HOLLIDAY

Live guitars from 2001 to 2004

RICHARD VERNON

Bass from 2002 to 2008

TIM PALMER

Producer of ‘God’s Own Medicine’ and ‘Carved In Sand’

DES MORRIS

Balaam & The Angel drummer

Opening act for the 1987 ‘World Crusade Tour’

MARTIN GLOVER “YOUTH”

Killing Joke bassist

Remixer for the ‘Tower Of Strength’ East India Trans Cairo Mix

JUSTIN SULLIVAN

New Model Army singer

ANTHONY THISTLETHWAITE

Founding member of The Waterboys.

Musician on the ‘Masque’ album and Mish live member in 1991

CHRIS ‘SURFDOG’ BOCAST

Bassist during the World Crusade Tour, USA, 1987

CHRIS REED

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry singer

FRANCESCO MELLINA

Dead Or Alive first manager

DAVE ‘WOLFIE’ WOLFENDEN

Guitarist from Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Expelaires

Live guitars during the ‘Deliverance Tour 1990’

PAUL “GRAPE” GREGORY

Expelaires and 3,000 Revs singer

Light-man for The Mission during the ‘AurA TourA’

TIM BRICHENO

All About Eve and The Sisters Of Mercy ex guitarist

Guitars on ‘Blush’, ‘Running With Scissors’ and ‘Absolution’ (from the ‘God Is A Bullet’ album) and on the ‘Hush-A-Bye-Baby (Child Again)’ remix for the ‘Like A Child Again’ single.

DAN HARPER

Invisible System

DANA SIMS

Drums on the ‘Resurrection’ album

DAVID KNOPOV

Singer of Ded Byrds, Walkie Talkies, and Knopov’s Political Package (Wayne Hussey’s early bands)

JAMES BACON

Ex member of Mindfeel (with Simon Hinkler!) and Artery

James also remixed ‘Swan Song’ (from the ‘Sometimes The Brightest Light Comes From The Darkest Place’ Mish album)

JAMES STEVENSON

With Craig Adams in The Cult, The Alarm, and Chelsea

Guest at London Astoria, 23rd November 1999

JAY ASTON

Singer from Gene Loves Jezebel

MAARTIN ALLCOCK

Ex member of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention

Keyboards on the ‘Masque’ album and Mish live member in 1991

MARCUS FEATHERBY

Artery (Simon Hinkler’s first band) ex manager

MARK GOULDTHORPE

Artery singer

MARK SAUNDERS

Producer of the ‘Masque’ album

MARS WILLIAMS

Saxophonist in The Psychedelic Furs

Live guest in 1988 and in 1990

DEAN GARCIA

Guitarist from Curve

MATS LERNEBY

Marcus Birro And The Pornographic Angels member

MURRAY FENTON

Guitars and percussions with Artery

PATTY HELE

Booking agent

TONY VAN DEN ENDE

Music film director

Director of ‘Wasteland’, ‘Severina’, ‘Stay With Me’, and other Mish videos.

PORL YOUNG

Ex member of goth-band Rosetta Stone

Extra-guitars on the ‘Deliverance’ 12inch mix

ROGER O’DONNELL

Member of The Cure and ex member of The Psychedelic Furs

STAN GREENWOOD

Skeletal Family guitarist

STEVE WHITFIELD

Producer of the ‘Neverland’ and ‘Blue’ albums

DAVE WIBBERLEY

Ex guitarist of Ded Byrds and Walkie Talkies

GABRIELE ‘MINE’ BUFALINI

Member of Votiva Lux and (unreleased project) Vessel (featuring Wayne Hussey)

GUTHRIE HANDLEY

Vocals on ‘Where Was?’ single (released in 1986 as ‘Guthrie Handley With Wayne Hussey’)

NINA ANTONIA

Singer from The Mogodons (another old band of Wayne) and… “mother” of ‘Severina!

MIKE POUGUNAS

Singer from Flowers Of Romance (Greek band produced by Wayne Hussey)

DONAL

Utah Saints management

‘Shades Of Green’ remixers

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ALEX DANIELE

Lifelong Mission fan and fairly well-known promoter, DJ and independent music critic in Italy, devoted several years to completing ‘At War With The Gods’, exchanging numerous emails with Wayne Hussey and all the other musicians who over the last quarter of a century have been part of the band, as well as producers, managers, roadies, various “missionaries” scattered across the world, and other fans.

Editor of ‘Ascension Magazine’ Italian goth magazine.

The list of bands promoted in Italy by Alex Daniele including: Wayne Hussey, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Sex Gang Children, Faith & The Muse, Mark Burgess And The Sons Of God, Skeletal Family, Cinema Strange, The March Violets, Vendemmian, 45 Grave, Frankenstein, Sol Invictus, In The Nursery, The Last Dance, and VNV Nation.

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2 mag 2014

At war with the gods release date: 26-05-2014

AT WAR WITH THE GODS release date: 26-05-2014 First numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies with hard-cover and full colored

20 feb 2016

Let’s celebrate our great escape…

What's new? There are rumors I began to write another book... It's a lie! One was enough! :)   THE MISSION are celebrating their 30th anniversary. The first show they did (as The Sisterhood) was at the Alice In Wonderland in London (the 20th of January 1986)... The first show they did as The Mission was at the Electric Ballroom (the 27th of February 1986) with Ian Astbury & Billy Duffy from The Cult as

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