As Hussey and his colleagues Craig Adams (bass), Simon Hinkler (guitar), Mike Kelly (drums) and backing vocalist Evi Vine treated fans to a wealth of classic songs, the backdrop of the Another Fall From Grace album cover served as a reminder that this band is as relevant as ever. On most dates, it is a constant feature throughout the show until the closing anthem, ‘Wasteland’, the first chorus of which sees an Entec-supplied Electro Kabuki system reveal an all-white drape boldly stating “The Mission Since 1986”. “The double Kabuki drop provides one of my favourite parts of the show,” claimed George Allen. “It’s unfortunate that we can’t use it at every venue, due to some width constraints. Nevertheless, it’s a real highlight.”
As well as managing The Mission’s day-to-day business affairs, Allen assumes the role of tour manager when the band is on the road. “There are 14 people in this entourage, including the band,” he said. “And because we’re all on the one bus I also get lumbered with the production aspects with the help of our techs.
“The great thing about working with Entec is that as soon as they’ve delivered the kit, they don’t usually reappear on my radar until the end of the tour. In my experience, there’s never been anything to be concerned about because if any issues ever arise they take things very seriously, very quickly, without any fuss.”
The band’s leading light, Mr. Hussey is in agreement: “Entec and [assistant head of lighting] Adam Stevenson have been permanent fixtures all the way through, since 1986. Invariably, he’s my first port of call whenever we are preparing for a tour and, naturally, [MD] Noreen O’Riordan is also involved. I’m not going to go anywhere else; it wouldn’t make any sense. Entec are always fair with us on costs, the equipment is the best you can get and so is the service. They’re part of the family.”
The Mission will join The Tubes as special guests on Alice Cooper’s arena tour this November.
Photography by Mark Cunningham