The Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy UK and Ireland tour
Updated: 19 February 2014
The Sisters of Mercy will play three shows in the UK and Ireland following their appearance at Sonisphere festival.
The influential rockers will perform at ABC Glasgow on 7 July, Mandela Hall in Belfast on 8 July and Vicar Street in Dublin on 9 July.
The Sisters of Mercy tour dates
ABC Glasgow (7)
Mandela Hall, Belfast (8)
Vicar Street, Dublin (9)
About The Sisters of Mercy
These days the legacy The Sisters of Mercy created can often be overlooked but during the 1980’s Andrew Eldritch, his trusted drum machine “Doktor Avalanche” and a changing line-up of musicians ruled the alternative scene with an iron fist, as the logo of the band’s own Merciful Release label hinted at.
Formed in the late 1970’s in Leeds, The Sisters of Mercy released their debut single The Damage Done in 1980 and over the course of the next few years would release more 7” and 12” singles that soon would become high-valued collector’s items and eventually were compiled and released in 1992 on the fan favourite album Some Girls Wander By Mistake.
The early The Sisters of Mercy era features the line-up consisting of Andrew Eldritch alongside Wayne Hussey, Gary Marx and Craig Adams. Hussey and Adams would later form The Mission; another famous 80’s gloom-rock outfit.
The band’s debut studio album First and Last and Always saw the light of day in 1985 and would include many of the band’s trademark songs that would also become live favourites, such as Marian, Black Planet, Walk Away and the album’s title track First and Last and Always.
The follow-up, 1987’s Foodland was a more ambitious piece of work. With a new line-up that included Eldritch’s rhythm machine “Doktor Avalanche” and former Gun Club member, Patricia Morrison on bass and backing vocals, The Sisters of Mercy finally had their commercial break-through. This Corrosion and Dominion were the big singles with elaborate videos for the late 80’s MTV generation.
Extensive touring and writing commitments delayed the next album by three years. Vision Thing was eventually released at the end of 1990 and would be the band’s last full-length studio album. Eldritch had again changed the Sister of Mercy’s line-up. He recruited German guitar prodigy Andreas Bruhn, or as he later called himself, Broon and former Sigue Sigue Sputnik bassist, Tony James. Vision Thing became the band’s most critically and commercially successful release. The band’s sound had merged over the years to a tough heavy rock sound, a far cry from their early post-punk style and grandiose compositions on Floodland.
Title track Vision Thing was an instant hit; a fast rocker with instantly recognisable riff that would please both the head banging brigade as well as the punks and indie kids.
More was another single smash of the same mould, while quieter album tracks Something Fast and When You Don’t See Me showed traces of the big US rock sound of band’s such as Bon Jovi and Skid Row but still retained the Sisters’ identity.
The greatest hits compilation, A Slight Case of Overbombing, was released in 1993 before the band entered into a hiatus caused by a friction between artist and record label.
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