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by Bill Pearis

The Mission UK in their mid-'80s heyday
The Mission

Well, it's been 10 years since the band last toured in the North America and we've been receiving a fair few requests via our website and Facebook page for us to visit the ol' colony again. And who are we to disappoint? My last time there with the band in 2002 wasn't a particularly happy experience so I'm looking to rectify that situation this time around. On long ago previous North American tours, both Simon and Craig have left the band mid-tour, so we are tempting fate by returning but to address that possible eventuality we are only playing a few shows this time so it's not really long enough for us to crack up, get sick of each other and fracture. Anyway, we're all older and more moderate in our behavior and whilst not particularly wiser we do see this as an opportunity to show the natives what they've been missing this last year or so since we got back together. God bless you, America. You don't know what you've let yourselves in for.

- Wayne Hussey

Anthemic goth rockers The Mission UK (genuine UK hitmakers in the '80s and early '90s where they are just known as 'The Mission') are gearing up for their first North American tour in what will be over ten years. Wayne Hussey and crew will head over next fall, including a stop at Irving Plaza on September 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at 10 AM.

A list of all Mission UK tour dates and a few classic videos, below...

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Killing Joke at Irving Plaza, December 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)

It's been a beyond bizarre few days for Killing Joke. The UK band, scheduled to make appearances with The Cult and The Mission in September, recently removed the following Facebook post that reportedly was posted by frontman Jaz Coleman:

Dear Gatherers,
It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs with The Cult and The Mission.

Frankly, playing at a gig with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. The only reason we allowed ourselves to be talked into it was to blow both bands off the stage and to steal their respective audiences.

As the concert has been downgraded to a venue that we have recently headlined (and sold out) it doesn't make sense. In addition to this Gatherers would only get to listen to a one hour set.

Then there would be a problem with the dressing room and witnessing The Cult charge the fans $200 per head for a Meet & Greet.

Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.)...

On a more positive note KJ will be recording in Argentina just after Christmas and Brixton Academy is booked for Spring.

I do believe the band will play a private gig at Metropolis Studios (London) which is of course open to all Gatherers (you are the first to know!).

I hope you are all as relieved as I am!

Black Jester

PS I don't want your money
PPS Life without KJ is unthinkable!"

None of the above was discussed with the other members of Killing Joke, and the statement's alleged creator has since gone missing. KJ offered the following statement in follow-up Facebook post:
A statement was posted on Facebook, reputedly by our singer, maligning both The Cult and The Mission and pulling us out of the shows.

He is now AWOL and has not contacted any of his band mates.

We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved.

We are all concerned about our missing singer's welfare.

Killing Joke made a collective decision to play with The Cult and The Mission in September.

It was agreed by all of the band that we would do these shows. Indeed, we thought that they were something to look forward to, even though they were downsized.

We would still like to honour our commitment to this tour, the other bands, and all the Gatherers and people who have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements.

If this proves not possible, Killing Joke will make alternative arrangements to compensate for the trouble caused.

Meanwhile we are doing everything we can to make this tour happen and locate our missing singer.


Best wishes to Killing Joke and the safe return of frontman Jaz Coleman.