“He is one of a kind, and whether he likes it or not, he’s an absolute legend, and I can’t think of anyone on planet Earth who has a better story to tell.” - Gary Numan
“I toured a lot with The Mission and Wayne was much too bright and nice a guy to be in the rock business. He always had a sense of humour.” - Iggy Pop
“After years and years of living with repression and religious guilt, I had finally shaken off those shackles to become the clichéd licentious, degenerate, promiscuous rock star – everything that my mother had feared I’d become.” - Wayne Hussey
WAYNE HUSSEY is pleased to announce his ‘Salad Daze Tour 2019’.
Perhaps best known as the frontman of totemic goth rock outfit The Mission, Wayne will be embarking on an extensive UK tour in support of his autobiography: ’Salad Daze’, released earlier this year.
The 16 date run will see Wayne spinning yarns of a legendary life in rock’n’roll, plus performing many of the unforgettable tunes that have soundtracked his illustrious career in music. Kicking-off at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on 26th August and winding up at the Komedia in Bath on 6th November, the full list of dates and details are included below.Born in Bristol and raised as a Mormon, Wayne had his epiphany as a young boy 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 too. Later, leaving Bristol to move to Liverpool – home of his beloved Liverpool Football Club and birthplace his favourite band, The Beatles – it wasn’t long before Wayne surrendered to excess and debauchery as he gained international recognition and notoriety as lead singer and principal songwriter in The Mission, after previously being guitarist with The Sisters Of Mercy, Dead Or Alive, and a member of Pauline Murray’s Invisible Girls.
The Salad Daze Tour will see Wayne opening up about his childhood up to his life in The Mission and everything in between. Explaining why 2019 was finally the time to tell his story, Wayne says:
“I’d recorded seven albums in eight years, and by the time we’d finished the last Mission album in 2016 I felt creatively exhausted and needed to do something else for a while. I’d been approached about writing an autobiography but always felt I’d rather make music than write a book. With my 60th birthday fast approaching it just felt like the right time to sit down and recall my life. It’s a strange thing, writing about yourself. There’s a certain conceit involved, that your life warrants recording and might be of interest to someone else, and it took me a while to come to terms with that premise. But once I did I thoroughly enjoyed the process.”
WAYNE HUSSEY – SALAD DAZE TOUR
26th – Queens Hall, Nuneaton
27th – Discovery Centre, Winchester
28th – H&C Club, Bristol
29th – Marrs Bar, Worcester
30th – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
31st – The Bullingdon, Oxford
1st – Black Market VIP, Hastings
22nd – Chinnery’s, Southend
23rd – Esquires, Bedford
24th – Night People, Manchester
25th – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
26th – Cluny, Newcastle
27th – Audio, Glasgow
2nd – Pavilion, Whitby
5th – Nambucca, London
6th- Komedia, BathSupport at all shows comes from special guest: EVI VINE.
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Bristol born & bred, and passionate Liverpool FC supporter, Wayne Hussey, lauded by some as maverick legend and others as charlatan, has been making music since the day he was first inspired to pick up a guitar after watching Marc Bolan & T.Rex on Top of the Pops.
A long and excessive and sometimes downright scandalous road has led Wayne to where he is today. One thing is certain about Wayne, he’s certainly a divisive character.
Playing with various “punk” bands in Liverpool at the tail end of the 70′s, and after enjoying the dubious pleasures of touring for the very first time with Pauline Murray & the Invisible Girls, he met the flamboyant Pete Burns and joined the then fledgling ‘Dead or Alive’.
Two years spent in the service of the Scouse ‘Boy George’ schooled Wayne in such subjects as hairstyle, fashion, & gender bending. It was the early 80′s after all, a period of time where style really was more prevalent than substance. After many failed hairstyles and with a suitcase full of stolen dresses and a couple of ‘hit’ singles, Wayne decided to leave Liverpool and Dead or Alive.
He headed across the Pennines to Leeds to answer the call from Andrew Eldritch & The Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters needed a guitarist who could wear sunglasses in the dark and would spray paint provocative slogans on his guitar – Wayne was more than able and willing.
After another two years spent touring the world and developing some very bad habits, and contributing his song writing talents along with his very distinctive guitar sound to the seminal TSOM ‘First & Last & Always” album, Hussey, in a fit of inspired pique, left the Sisters with bassist Craig Adams to form The Mission.
The Mission went on to considerable global success in the late 80′s and early 90′s, enjoying album sales in excess of four million worldwide with notable works such as ‘God’s Own Medicine’ and ‘Carved In Sand’ amongst others and enjoying an unbroken run of 14 UK Top 40 singles!
They forged a reputation that still stands today as one of the best ‘live’ bands in the world, thanks in no small part to the charisma & energy that Hussey exudes & exerts on stage.
The Mission took a break of 5 years in the mid 90’s in which time Wayne relocated from the UK to Southern California and spent his time remixing, producing, and making music for film.
The band reconvened in 1999 and to this day they tour the globe, and released highly acclaimed albums in late 2001 entitled ‘AurA’, and ‘God Is A Bullet’ in May 2007.
Original members Simon Hinkler, Craig Adams, and Wayne Hussey re-united in late 2011 to celebrate their 25 year anniversary with a sell out tour, and released a new album containing 12 Hussey newly penned songs, the very brilliant ‘The Brightest Light’ in September, 2013, followed by their first UK Top 40 album in more than 20 years with 2016’s fan-favourite & critically acclaimed ‘Another Fall From Grace’.
In 2002, alongside his activities with The Mission, Wayne, armed with just an acoustic guitar and piano and a bulging song-book, started playing solo shows. Wayne’s solo show has since evolved and now incorporates the use of electric guitars both 6 & 12 string, baritone guitar, ukulele, and some backing tracks. Each show is totally unique and spontaneous. And with a songbook of over 200 songs there is no set list as such; what Wayne plays is largely dictated by the involvement of the audience and will usually consist of new, intimate readings of ‘classic’ and lesser known Mission songs, a smorgasbord of entertaining cover versions, and brand-new never-before heard songs. Wayne’s creed; ‘give ‘em a little of what they want, a little of what I want, and a little of what I think they need!
Since 2002 Wayne has played many successful shows throughout the UK, Europe, Latin America, USA, & South Africa.
In 2008 Eyes Wide Shut Recordings released his first solo album entitled ‘Bare’. A second solo album entitled ‘Songs Of Candlelight and Razorblades’ was released in September 2014 and reached the top 40 In the UK independent Charts, with the subsequent live DVD debuting at number 2 in the UK national chart. Wayne played a mammoth 50 plus date World tour to coincide. Which he will do again later this year, 2019, in support of the publication of his rave reviewed autobiography ‘Salad Daze’, published by Omnibus Press in late May.
Wayne is vegetarian and resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil.