The Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch turns 64, goes on tour

Happy 64th Birthday to Andrew Eldritch, lead singer of The Sisters of Mercy, a goth, post-punk band that's been rocking since 1980. They describe themselves on their website like this:  "We are a rock'n'roll band. And a pop band. And an industrial groove machine. We are intellectual love gods." Their album "First and Last and Always" (1985) was on heavy rotation at my high school, where the DJs at school dances almost always spun "Walk Away." 

To celebrate Eldritch's birthday, I'm listening to their awesome live concert, WAKE, filmed in 1985 at Royal Albert Hall in London. 

Then I'll return to my favorite band, The Mountain Goats, singing their homage to Andrew Eldritch, "Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back To Leeds," off their 2017 album Goths. Here's the Goats' John Darnielle doing a great solo version of the song, live in the Rolling Stone Australia and New Zealand Office, back in April 2017.

And if you want to see The Sisters of Mercy live, they kicked off their new tour last week, on May 10, 2023. Consequence of Sound reports:

On Wednesday night, legendary goth-rockers The Sisters of Mercy returned to the United States to kick off their first state-side tour in nearly 15 years. Playing to a full house at The Fillmore Silver Springs outside of Washington, D.C., the band delivered a 23-song set, featuring 10 previously-unreleased tunes. Watch videos of the concert and check out the full setlist below.

You can go to The Sisters of Mercy website to see more tour dates.