Alternative rock legends The Cult, The Mission and Killing Joke will be hitting the road together for the first time this year and will be calling in at the LG Arena in Birmingham.

The tour comes on the heels of The Cult releasing their new studio album ‘Choice of Weapon’ in May. The new release features founding members Ian Astbury on vocals and Billy Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.
 
Astbury said: "This is a fantastic bill and these will be magical shows, a unique occasion.

"The band is killing it right now and we are excited to get back to the business of playing live."

The Cult formed in the early 1980s as Death Cult, before changing their name to The Cult. They hit fame with the release of the album Love in 1985, which contained the hit singles She Sells Sanctuary and Rain.

They followed this with 1987's Electric, a collaboration with renowned Def Jam hip hop producer Rick Rubin, which yielded hit singles Love Removal Machine and Wild Flower.

The success of Electric saw The Cult become established stars in the United States, and they released three more heavy rock albums before breaking up in 1995.  Their existence has been off and on since then, with Choice Of Weapon to be their first album released since 2007's Born Into This.

Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left the Sisters Of Mercy in 1986 and formed The Mission, enlisting Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown into their ranks.

They became the figureheads for the 1980s goth scene, releasing major albums of the era God's Own Medicine and Children.

The UK tour will see The Cult and The Mission performing together in Britain for the first time.
 
Hussey said he couldn't wait for the shows.

"It'll be great," he said. "We played a festival show in Belgium with The Cult back in October last year and it was really lovely to see Ian and Billy again, it was like no time had passed at all.

"We'd gone our separate ways over the years and travelled different roads but I always think of Ian and Billy as brothers in arms, kindred spirits. I'm looking forward to hearing 'Sanctuary' every night.

"And it'll be great to have Killing Joke along too. I've been a long time admirer of Jaz and his cohorts. I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Jaz, he is a huge personality. It'll be good to see him again."

Killing Joke were formed by Jaz Coleman in the post-punk late 70s, and went on to be a major influence on the goth and industrial rock scenes of the 1980s.
 
The triple bill takes place at the LG Arena on Saturday, September 21. Tickets go on sale on March 23 at 9am priced £35 (plus fees), available from The Ticket Factory www.theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 8000.

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