THE MISSION frontman WAYNE HUSSEY remakes Tower Of Strength

Wayne Hussey and friends remake the classic Mission anthem ‘Tower Of Strength’ in support of Covid-19 related charities globally.

THE MISSION frontman WAYNE HUSSEY has spearheaded a brilliant project in support of key workers dealing with Covid-19 globally, remaking the classic Mission anthem ‘Tower Of Strength’, together with numerous music luminaries, including members of The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Slowdive, Bauhaus / Love and Rockets, The Smiths, The Twilight Sad, Depeche Mode, The Cult, The Wonder Stuff, Gary Numan, Evi Vine, Midge Ure (Ultravox), Spear of Destiny / Theatre Of Hate, Beauty In Chaos, The Soft Cavalry, All About Eve, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Produced by Wayne Hussey, this release features mixes by Tim Palmer and Trentemöller.  This is also the first time brothers Jay and Michael Aston (of Gene Loves Jezebel) have recorded anything together since parting ways many years ago.

TOS2020 – the remake of The Mission’s anthemic hit ‘Tower Of Strength’ released to raise money for Covid-related charities worldwide – has a new lyric video

#TOS2020 ‘Beholden To The Frontline Workers Of The World’ mix video frame by frame:

Running at over 9 minutes, it offers insight into the full-length TOS2020
‘Beholden To The Front-Line Workers Of The World mix’, revealing who sings which lines, who plays which guitar solo, drums, etc. throughout the song. All proceeds to charities personally chosen by each contributor
Collaborators include: Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Jay Aston, Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins, Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Aston, Michael Ciravolo, Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer, Trentemøller

0:00 – 0:09: Rhythm loops and noise by Kevin Haskins and Lol Tolhurst
0:10:  Guitar intro by Wayne Hussey
0:29:  Guitar tremolo by Robin Finck
0:39: Oud by Richard Fortus
0:48:  ‘you raise me up when I’m on the floor’ Midge Ure
0:57;  ‘you see me through’ Martin Gore
1:02:  ‘when I’m lonely and scared and I’m feeling true to the written word’ Gary Numan
1:12:  ‘and you’re true to me but still I need more’ lead vocal James Alexander Graham with high harmony by Rachel Goswell
1:17:  ‘it would tear me apart’ James Alexander Graham
1:22: ‘to feel no one ever cared’ Miles Hunt
1:27: Strings by Richard Fortus
1:28  ‘To me’ by The Rabble
1:42: ‘you are a tower of strength to me’ Gary Numan
1:47: Falsetto oohs by Martin Gore & Wayne Hussey
1:47: Oud – Richard Fortus
2:05: ‘you stand firm and proud when the wind blows in your face and when the sun shines in your eyes’Julianne Regan + harmonies by Rachel Goswell + Evi Vine
2:20:  ‘you just turn your head away’ Evi Vine with harmonies by Rachel Goswell
2:26: ‘to me’ The Rabble
2:40: ‘you are a tower of strength’ Gary Numan
2:43: Big real drums by Budgie
2:45: ‘to me’  Gary Numan + Julianne Regan
2:46: Bass guitar by Andy Rourke
2:47: Guitar lead by Michael Ciravolo
2:53: Guitar lead by Wayne Hussey
3:05: ‘you rescue me’ James Alexander Graham + harmony by Julianne Regan
3:09: ‘you are my faith my hope my liberty’ Gary Numan + harmony by Miles Hunt
3:14: ‘and when there’s darkness all around’ Martin Gore, harmony by Evi Vine
3:19: ‘you shine bright for me you are the guiding light’ Miles Hunt lead vocal + harmony 
3:24:  ‘to me’ The Rabble
3:39: ‘you are a tower of strength’ James Alexander Graham
3:44: ‘to me’ Miles Hunt + high voices by Evi Vine
3:45: High bass guitar Andy Rourke, strings by Richard Fortus 
3:51: ‘to me’ Julianne Regan
3:54: Backwards guitar by Richard Fortus
4:03: Strings by Richard Fortus
4:07: Girl voice through this section is Evi Vine
4:42: Guitar solo by Richard Fortus
4:59: Ah-ah-ah backing vocal by Wayne Hussey
5:20: ‘you are all passion and heart when I lay in your embrace’ Jay Aston + harmony by Evi Vine
5:31: ‘and heaven is in your kiss’ Michael Aston, harmony by Miles Hunt
5:36: ‘salvation lies just a touch away’ Kirk Brandon, harmony by Miles Hunt
5:40: ‘to me’ The Rabble
5:55: ‘you are a tower of strength to me’ Wayne Hussey
6:01: Synth by Martin Gore, aah vocals by Evi Vine, strings by Richard Fortus
6:38: Lead guitar by Wayne Hussey + Robin Finck
6:58: Lead guitar by Midge Ure
7:19: Lead guitar by Billy Duffy
7:57: Lead guitar by Robin Finck
8:34: Lead guitar by Michael Ciravolo
8:56: Lead guitar by Richard Fortus
9:38: Wangy-bar guitar by Tim Palmer

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From #TOS2020 creator Wayne Hussey: “We’ve been completely blown away by the response to TOS2020, with pre-orders up to just over £70k to date. I want to keep thanking everyone for their support – it’s a hard time financially for people and there’s a long road ahead. Please keep it going. Spread the word, share, tweet, post it everywhere to tell others about it. Tell your friends, tell everyone. The digital bundle contains 5 awesome tracks for just £2.99, it all helps those that need it most and the proceeds will be divided and distributed equally among all the
beneficiaries. Thank you.”

From TOS2020 collaborators:

“Being given the chance to do some good to raise money for people and animals struggling in these frightening times by singing one of the best songs ever written was such an easy thing to say yes to. An absolute honour to be involved.” – Gary Numan

“Today as we face an unprecedented crisis with COVID 19, we have to be united in purpose to help humanity and especially the disenfranchised and impoverished among us, survive. Music can be a powerful way to join us all together and help those that need it most now.” – Lol Tolhurst

“I’ve seen and heard Tower of Strength played often and I’ve experienced its effect and the impact it has on others. It’s an anthemic song of hope, comfort and joy, with a message that now seems more relevant than ever. I hope this project, in which I am privileged to be involved, brings a little light into the shade, and allows us all to, albeit momentarily, focus on an ‘afterwards’.” – Julianne Regan

“You get a message from Wayne Hussey asking if you can put a vocal (alongside a great list of singers, musicians and friends) on a reworking of a massive track in the repertoire of The Mission to aid COVID-19 charities around the globe – you say yes and get it done as well as you can.” – Kirk Brandon

“I did it coz Wayne asked me to and I love Wayne.” – Billy Duffy

“Being asked to contribute to making a piece of music isn’t overly taxing for a musician. I’m just pleased Wayne didn’t ask me to perform brain surgery or fly a jumbo jet, something which takes some form of skill.” – Midge Ure

“My positive of the pandemic has been connecting to kindred spirits. Honoured to lend a hand.” – Budgie

“I would like it known that, if asked, I would do absolutely anything for Wayne Hussey. Tower Of Strength is utter perfection: it is daring in its intent and supremely executed in both its original recording and every single time I have seen it performed live. To be asked to contribute to this new version was a very emotional experience for me. So many intense memories came flooding back as I sang, there were tears, I can assure you of that.” – Miles Hunt

“Direct Relief is an organisation that helps people in times of emergency like natural disasters or in times of poverty by getting medical equipment and supplies to where they are needed most. At the moment they are obviously heavily focused on Covid-19.” Martin Gore (on Direct Relief, his nominated charity)

“Love and gratitude.” – Robin Finck

“I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this project – I always loved this song and asked Wayne if I could take a crack at John Paul Jones’ string arrangement, which I have always admired.  Hopefully my take on it does it justice.” – Richard Fortus

“The power we have collectively is transformative … I love and admire Wayne and the band and the warmth and intention behind this release. I know the power of this song and I feel so honoured to have been invited to join so many celebrated artists, this is a beautiful star in the darkest of times and I know the difference it will make.” – Evi Vine

“To be amongst these amazing artists that I’m a huge fan of and have so much respect for is a true honour, especially for such an important cause. The sacrifice that all the amazing NHS staff and key workers have made is truly humbling and inspiring. To be part of an incredible group of people that want to give something back and show their gratitude is something I’m extremely proud of.” – James Alexander Graham

“When I was asked by Wayne to be part of this fantastic charity project, I immediately said yes! If I could contribute to supporting the hard work fighting Covid 19 by making a remix of Tower Of Strength, that was a way for me to make a small difference. I’m very honoured to be a part of this.” – Trentemøller

“I signed on for this project because I felt that it would be a great way to raise a lot of funds for those in need at this time. When I heard all the names of artists who were collaborating, I knew that it would turn out very special. I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute to this marvellous project.” – Kevin Haskins

“When Wayne emailed me with the idea of contributing vocals to this project I jumped at the chance. Tower of Strength is such an anthemic song it’s only fitting that this has been done to support the various charities.  It’s an honour for me to be a small part of the process and what a stellar line up of people involved.” – Rachel Goswell

“Not every day do you get the chance to play on one of your favourite songs with some of your favourite artists, and to have it be for all the right reasons and for an amazing cause.” – Michael Ciravolo

“So honoured to be part of this wonderful project. It’s also interesting that three of the original performers on our – Gene Loves Jezebel – very first recording, ‘Shaving My Neck’ are reunited by chance some 37 years later: Julianne Regan, J.P, and myself. Hats off to Wayne and the Mission for giving this rendition for charity during this pandemic.” – Michael Aston

“Absolutely buzzed and honestly flattered to be asked to not only add my voice to this wonderful recording, but also give something back to our much loved and beleaguered NHS. The perfect song for these difficult and challenging days.” – Jay Aston

TOS2020 nominated charities currently include:

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis
Music Venue Trust UK
Covenant House, New Orleans
Disasters Emergency Committee
Plan International
Direct Relief
Alzheimer’s Scotland
Liberty Hill Foundation
The Shrewsbury Ark
Memorial Sloan Kettering Center, NYC
Prostate Cancer UK
The Teddy Bear Clinic
Red Rover
Help Musicians UK
Crew Nation
Venice Family Clinic
The Anthony Walker Foundation
Projeto Cáo Communitário
The City Of San Francisco Covid-19 Fund

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