WAYNE HUSSEY - SALAD DAZE
“He is one of a kind, and whether he likes it or not, he’s an absolute legend, and I can’t think of anyone on planet Earth who has a better story to tell.” - Gary Numan
“I toured a lot with The Mission and Wayne was much too bright and nice a guy to be in the rock business. He always had a sense of humour.” - Iggy Pop
"After years and years of living with repression and religious guilt, I had finally shaken off those shackles to become the clichéd licentious, degenerate, promiscuous rock star - everything that my mother had feared I'd become." - Wayne Hussey
Wayne Hussey’s first book Salad Daze is published on May 23rd by Omnibus Press. It chronicles Wayne’s life from childhood up to The Mission and everything in between. Salad Daze is a confessional, engaging and explicit account of life in the eye of rock’s storm told with wit, warmth, humour and laugh-out-loud moments. A limited Special Edition version will include a personalised certificate of authenticity, a double A side 7” single of two unreleased demos, a bespoke USB stick with a further nine unreleased demos, and extra photographs. In addition, three Special Editions will each contain a golden ticket; one to win Wayne’s first guitar, and two to win exclusive art prints. Each chapter of Salad Daze is accompanied by a playlist curated by Wayne to listen to while reading, and features artists as diverse as Elvis, Radiohead, Suicide, Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, David Bowie, Television, T Rex, Cigarettes After Sex, Iggy Pop, and Telly Savalas amongst many others.
Wayne explains why he wrote Salad Daze now; “I'd recorded seven albums in eight years, and by the time we'd finished the last Mission album in 2016 I felt creatively exhausted and needed to do something else for a while. I'd been approached about writing an autobiography but always felt I'd rather make music than write a book. With my 60th birthday fast approaching it just felt like the right time to sit down and recall my life. It's a strange thing, writing about yourself. There's a certain conceit involved, that your life warrants recording and might be of interest to someone else, and it took me a while to come to terms with that premise. But once I did I thoroughly enjoyed the process.”
Born in Bristol and raised as a Mormon, Wayne had his epiphany as a young boy watching Marc Bolan and T. Rex on Top Of The Pops. Seeing his destiny in a blinding flash of glitter, mascara and dark curls, he decided he was going to be a rock star too. Later, leaving Bristol to move to Liverpool - home of his beloved Liverpool Football Club and birthplace his favourite band, The Beatles - it wasn’t long before Wayne surrendered to excess and debauchery as he gained international recognition and noteriety as lead singer and principal songwriter in The Mission, after previously being guitarist with The Sisters Of Mercy, Dead Or Alive, and a member of Pauline Murray’s Invisible Girls.
Wayne will be heading out on a full European solo tour later this year to promote the book. The ‘Salad Daze Tour’ kicks off in Cardiff on Friday 30th August and runs all the way through to Saturday 9th November, when Wayne will be finishing his sojourn with an appearance at the Louder Than Words book festival in Manchester.
Wayne is a vegetarian and lives in São Paulo, Brazil.