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Bandname: The Mission
Title: Lightning The Candle
Genre: Wave Rock
Release Date: 5th of September 2005
Record Company / Label: SPV Records


With their first live DVD, the British band “The Mission” presents an extensive documentation. The double pack tells the varied career of the singer, guitarist and founder of “The Mission” - Wayne Hussey. The German television “WDR - Rockpalast” recorded a concert of “The Mission” in the Cologne Club Limelight on April 13th 2004 and at first the record company of the band, SPV, wanted to produce only a live DVD. But band leader Wayne Hussey pressed for a double DVD with additional features. So "Lighting The Candles" draws a multifaceted picture of the band and its history. In a long interview Hussey tells about the ups and downs and the changes within the band line-up which started with the twice repeated exit of founder member Craig Adams - like Hussey a former member of “The Sisters of Mercy”. The engagement and the obvious enthusiasm with which Hussey was designing the double DVD, lets himself be seen also with charming ideas – like his personal audio comments to a half-hour photo show. He collected a lot of pictorial material for the DVD from 20 years of “The Mission”, classical clips, photos etc. Performing with a lot of energy the band proves, in the concert recorded in Cologne, that “The Mission” isn't a group of yesterday. The current band presents both new songs and classics like “Crystal Ocean”, “Evangeline” and “Wasteland”.


Wayne Hussey  - vocals, guitars
Richie Vernon - bass
Rob Holliday - guitars
Steve Spring - drums


Review DVD 1 – The Concert

1. Intro: Deep Still Water
Intro building up slowly, best sound to start the concert.

2. Crystal Ocean

The song of 1986 opens a row of classics by “The Mission”. With that song, every one knows why old bands like “The Mission” or “Fields Of The Nephilim” cannot be replaced by new bands.

3. Evageline

The comeback single from the year 2001, very powerfull. It rocks.

4. Hymn (For America)
“Hymn..” of the 2nd album “Children” is marked by distorted guitars and with a sound almost like a hard rock song. You hear that this song was produced together with the hard rock producer Bruce Fairbain 16 years ago.

5. (SlaveTo) Lust

The 2nd song from the comeback CD “AurA”.

6. Garden Of Delight

This classical song shows which influence “The Mission” had on the music scene in the 80’s. A lot of feelings & emotions, sensible vocals, guitars and drums full of pressure.

7. Severina
One of my favorite songs. What can I say. Great!

8. Breathe Me In
This is a new song and joins the classics quite well. It´s a small, quiet and sensible song and it could become a “Mission” classic.

9. Butterfly On A Wheel

This is one of the alltime classic live smasher, another quit and slow song.

10. Belief

Further song of the “Carved In Sand” album follows directly in the connection. The whole audience sings very beautifully in the middle of the song. You hear and see that everyone had fun this evening.

11. Sacrilege

After the quiet songs, the band rocks again. A great “Mission“ rock song.

12. Wasteland

“Wasteland“ always and again and again is an absolute live experience, even this almost 8 minutes long version. The frenetic reactions within the audience prove that. A divine piece.

13. Daddy’s Going To Heaven Now
The only song from the Blue/Neverland phase. It is a beautiful song, but not the best one.

14. Like A Child Again

Mr. Hussey returned lonesome to the stage, armed with an acoustics guitar only. This song points out which charisma Wayne Hussey has on stage and you can imagine how exciting his solo concerts are. I can recommend to everyone not to miss such a concert.

15. Beyond The Pale

The rest of the mission team also joined the finale of the show and for the last four songs they rock again.

16. Serpent’s Kiss

The first song which was published by “The Mission” and it keeps its charm also after 18 years. A great song and a great performance.

17. Deliverance

Probably the biggest “The Mission” hit which was celebrated by all persons in the venue - by the band with charming playing and by the audience with its frenetic singing.
18. Tower Of Strength
It was a great surprise that “Deliverance” wasn´t the last song of this excellent concert. It was “Tower Of Strenght” in a magnificent almost 10 minutes long version to comple a very good concert.

Bonus Classic Video clips

01. Wasteland
02. Severina
03. Tower Of Strength
04. Butterfly On The Wheel
05. Never Again
06. Deliverance
07. Evangeline

Easter Egg

Wayne Hussey Computer Comedy Animation

Review DVD 2 – The Special Features

A Day In The Life…

Backstage with “The Mission” at the German Club “Matrix, Bochum”. Includes Interviws with the Band.

Live & TV Performance

A look back in the band history with coments by Wayne Hussey.

Biography & Photo Gallery

Classics and never before seen photographs with comments by Wayne Hussey.

Wayne Hussey Solo
Stay With Me (Recorded Live At London Borderline, May, 2004)
Memieised (Recorded Live London Borderline, May 2004)
Severina (fimed & recorded at various Locations)
My Funny Valentine (recorded at Los Angles Lava Lounge, August 2003)


The band preparing for the tour

Video Clips
Lightning The Candle (Exclusive Video Clip)

Exclusive DVD Menu’s Soundtrack by Wayne Hussey

Easter Eggs
Wayne Hussey performed solo the song “Island” with a fan from the audience!

Review Bonus Live Audio CD

All songs recorded live during the “Breathen Tour” April 2004, directly from the mixing desk.
01. Crystal Ocean
02. Hymn (For America)
03. (Slave To) Lust
04. Garden Of Delight
05. Severina
06. Shades Of Green
07. Butterfly On A Wheel
08. Belief
09. A Wing And A Prayer
10. The Grip Of Disease
11. Daddy’s Going To Heaven Now
12. Mercenary
13. Tower Of Strenth

Technical Information

Language: English
Sound: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, Dolby Digital 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Running Time: ca. 355 Min

Cover Picture


Music: 10
Sound: 10
Extra's: 7
Total: 10

The Mission On Tour 2005


Sat 10th: Nottingham Rock City
Mon 12th: Falmouth Princess Pavillions
Tues 13th: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Weds 14th: Colchester Arts Centre
Thurs 15th: Northampton Soundhaus
Fri 16th: Bristol Bierkeller
Sun 18th: Stoke Sugarmill
Mon 19th: Liverpool University
Tues 20th: Keighley Victoria Hall
Weds 21st: Preston The Mill
Thurs 22nd: Glasgow Garage
Fri 23rd: Manchester Academy 3
Sat 24th: London Astoria
Mon 26th: Holland - Amsterdam Paradiso
Tues. 27th: Belgium - Brussels VK
Weds. 28th: Germany - Lübeck Rider's Cafe
Thurs. 29th: Denmark - Copenhagen Loppen


Sat. 1st: Sweden - Karlskrona Kino
Sun. 2nd: Sweden - Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
Mon. 3rd: Sweden - Stockholm Mondo
Weds. 5th: Denmark - Aarhus Train
Thurs. 6th: Germany - Berlin K17 (new hall)
Fri. 7th: Germany - Glauchau Alte Spinnerei
Sat. 8th: Germany - Bochum Matrix
Sun. 9th: Germany - Hanau Halle 2
Mon. 10th: Germany - Augsburg Musikkantine
Weds. 12th: Austria - Vienna Szene
Thurs. 13th: Austria - Graz Orpheum
Fri. 14th: Switzerland - Berne Bierhübeli
Weds 19th: Palma Mallorca Assaig
Thurs 20th: Barcelona Bikini
Fri 21st: Madrid Macumba
Sat 22nd: Zaragoza Oasis
Sat 29th: Athens TBC
Sun 30th: Mylos, Thessalonika

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