Seminal '80s post-goth rockers The Mission have announced that they'll be gracing Australian stages once more this year, their first time in 26 years, to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
The debaucherous UK rock'n'rollers were last here in 1990, recording seven albums since then and headlining Reading Festival twice, among other accolades.
Founding member and frontman Wayne Hussey says of the upcoming tour, "30 bloody years! Who would’ve thought it, eh?
"As we were well renowned for our, ahem, lifestyle choices, shall we say, I rememberMelody Maker ran an office pool betting which member of TheMissionwould die first. I seem to remember Mick was the favourite with yours truly running a close 2nd. Well, we’re still here, alive and well and still going strong."
Admitting to not having the most solid memory of their last visit here, Hussey adds, "[In 1990] Australia fell in the middle of a year-long tour and by that time the band were hardly talking to each other, I was using white powders fairly heavily, and I was as were the band, quite frankly, in a bit of a mess …
"Now I'm healthier both physically and spiritually and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. Hence I am really looking forward to returning and experiencing Australia as if it was my first time. And with a reasonable coherency."
The band will head to Sydney first on 11 November, before heading to Brisbane's The Triffid on 12 November, Melbourne's Max Watt's on 13 November, Adelaide's The Gov on 15 November and Perth's Capitol on 16 November.