It was sublime btw. A smal review:

First Night: Wednesday 27th February 2008 - "The First Chapter"

Supporting bands:

Dead Guitars http://www.myspace.com/deadguitars - a very good old band very much recommended by Wayne Hussey. They support The Mission through the whole farewell tour. This band was something to get early for at Shepherds Bush on the 1st day.

The Sisters of Murphy http://www.thesistersofmurphy.com/ (A tribute or should we call it a parody to the Sisters of Mercy) Great music and vox( even better than Eldrich is doing these days) but had to have your eyesight blurred to actually join the fun image = Zero ::)
The crowd reacted enthusiastically to the familar sounds of Wayne's old band like Walk away, First and last always, Temple of Love, Marian etc....

Then The Mission played all the First Chapter album which is very short so then after they played various favourites for those coming only for that night with a surprise to all Simon Hinkler joining in on every night.


setlist:

(intro: 'Dambusters' theme)
Tomorrow Never Knows
Serpents Kiss
Over The Hills & Far Away
Naked & Savage
Garden Of Delight
Absolution
Afterglow
Wishing Well
Wake
Crystal Ocean
Like A Hurricane
1969
--
Dancing Barefoot (Wayne solo)
Like A Child Again
Blood Brother*
Deliverance*
--
Wasteland*
Beyond The Pale*
Shelter From The Storm*
--
Tower Of Strength*

*=with Simon Hinkler


Second night: Thursday 28th February 2008 - "God's Own Medicine"


The night was full booked and the place packed to the top. The crowd were great for this gig.

Suppporting Bands:


David R Black http://www.myspace.com/davidrblack Not so bad. I thought they are very much influenced by Placebo this trio as they sounded very similar. This band already supported The Mission on their Tour is a Bullet so I have seen them before from last year. So I tried to stay aback as the singer really spits while he sings and ........... disgusting I didn't wanna wet me hair ;D ;D ;D

Claytown Troupe http://www.myspace.com/claytowntroupe which weren't that bad I actually enjoyed these young lads influenced by the gothic rock society. They sounded like the Cult at some time.

The Mission setlist:

Intro: I wow to thee my country ('Ever After live'.)
Wasteland
Bridges Burning
And The Dance Goes On
Grip Of Disease
Dance On Glass
Stay With Me
Island in A Stream
Love Me To Death
Severina
Let Sleeping Dogs Die
Blood Brother*
Deliverance*
--
Garden Of Delight (GOM version)
Butterfly On A Wheel
Evangeline
Daddy's Going To Heaven Now
--
Belief*
Sacrilege*
Shelter From The Storm*
--
Tower Of Strength*

* = with Simon Hinkler

Third night - Friday 29th Febraury 2008 - "Children"

Supporting bands:

Dragons http://www.myspace.com/dragons1very much to my Likings I actually hurried to get there early. They were great obviously and so is thier new album "Here are the roses" which I obviously bought ;)

Balaam and the angel http://www.myspace.com/balaamandtheangel In my view - perhaps they were some good in their good old days but OMG these guys are so old and ugly and mistuned now and the vox really hurt my ears:-X or maybe perhaps I was so keen for the Children album that I wanted them to dissappear asap.

The Mission were great again with the amazing Children album and other favs.

intro (children / pale)
beyond the pale
a wing and a prayer
fabienne
(slave to) lust
divided we fall
heat
heaven on earth
dream on
like a child again
child`s play
hymn (for america)
forever more
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Black mountain Mist
Breathe
Kingdom come
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Like a hurricane
1969
Shelter from the storm
------------
Tower of strength


Last Night: Saturday 1st March 2008 - Carved in Sand gig.

Supporting were Miles Hunt from the Wonderstuff and Erika Nockells with her fab fiddle who then joined the Mission on the track "Like a child again".

After a break came The Mission doing the "Carved in Sand" album

Intro
Amelia
Hands Across The Ocean
Into The Blue
Paradise
Butterfly On A Wheel
Sea Of Love
Grapes Of Wrath/Lovely
Bird Of Passage
Belief (with Simon Hinkler)
Hungry As The Hunter (with Simon Hinkler)
Deliverance (with Simon Hinkler)
-
Like A Child Again (with Miles Hunt And Erica Nockalls)
Mr Pleasant (with Miles Hunt And Erica Nockalls)
-
(ummm... here is where it gets hazy)

After another short break The band came to close the Final Chapter :( :( :(

Set list

Like A Hurricane
Over The Hills And Far Away
Bridges Burning
And The Dance Goes On
Wake
Stay With Me
Severina
Island In A Stream
Love Me To Death
Dream On
Fabienne
Afterglow
Forever More
-
1969 (with Simon Hinkler)
Shelter From The Storm (with Simon Hinkler)
-
Tower of Strength (with Simon Hinkler)
+
Aftershow
_________
Serpents Kiss
Wasteland

AFTERSHOW
Approximately 250 loyal fans bought season tickets for these shows and were promised something special at an after show party. The band returned to the stage for just 2 final exclusive tracks “Serpents Kiss” and “Wasteland”. The band then climbed down off the stage to say their personal goodbyes to the fans that have stuck by them for so long. What an amazing four days , a fitting way to say goodbye to one of the UK best live bands.


All of this was filmed on the last night which will be released on DVD real soon. I can't wait for it. I am sure we're on it. We were also interviewed on site along with other fans. I'm so exited.


The sound ain't that good as we were by the big speakers I'm sure there are more valid ones on youtube. But didn't bother that much as we're gonna have the DVD later for a great memory.

I'm still be keeping the Faith!!!