Posted in music | tour dates on August 25, 2011

Al Jourgensen

Well that didn't last long....

Metal Hammer: So how did the resurrection of Ministry come about?

Al Jourgensen: While I was working on [the Buck Satan record], me and Mike Scaccia from Rigor Mortis fucked around to pass the time and we had like, 5,6,7 songs and I didn't really want to do anything with them but Mikey was like, "dude these songs are awesome." They weren't country, they were more like Ministry. So he's coming by in September and Tommy Victor's coming by in October with Tony Campos and we're gona finish up and put out another Ministry album by Christmas called 'Relapse.'"

Interesting title for a record...

"Well, I'm clean living but it's like I'm relapsing back into the world of Ministry."

So what are your immediate plans for touring?

"The doctors told me to keep it light so we're doing four shows in the States next June. The Nokia theatre in LA, the Vic theatre in Chicago - we'll add second shows if those sell out - Denver at the Ogden Theatre, and one night at the Nokia theatre in New York and that's our whole American tour. That's it. And then we go to Europe and I'm gonna do a couple of festivals and club shows. We're gona do a limited tour, it'll be like 5/6 weeks. Maybe 20, 21 shows and just see how it works."

And who's in the lineup?

"It's the usual suspects, I got Mike Scaccia and Tommy Victor on guitar, I got Tony Campos on bass, and Arron Rossi who plays with Prong on drums and John Bechdel from Killing Joke."

We'll let you know when those dates materialize.

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Comments (39)

What's up with Bill Reifen? He used to be in Ministry right?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:50 PM

how were the latter day ministry shows? i saw them once circa psalm 69 and it was fucking mind blowing, but i never saw them again. might be into checking this out...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:54 PM

Hope more US dates in the future.

Long ways from hEll Paso.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:54 PM

somebody's broke...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:54 PM

New Ministry is AWFUL. The records are terrible and so are the performances.

Barker is no longer in the band. No more Rieflen, no Martin Atkins, etc.

Stay with your memories of the Psalm 69 tour. The new "Ministry" is a pretty generic pseudo-thrash band. Really boring low E riffs accentuated with effects on the vocals and George W Bush samples.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:04 PM

1:54- they were one of the best live bands I have ever seen during Psalm 69 era. The newer shows have been inconsistent. The last one at Irving Plaza was ok, but the previous one at BB Kings was incredible. The newer albums are decent, but nothing can match their earlier material.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:08 PM

1:54- I believe he is doing quite well financially.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:09 PM

@1:54 - When you look like Al, what the fuck else are you supposed to do?

Posted by Bob_Roberts | August 25, 2011 2:17 PM

2;09 yeah, has been heroin addicts tend have their finances in order

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:21 PM

so what!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:28 PM

MEHnistry....am i right? eh? EH? come on!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:30 PM

The BB King's show was ok because Paul Raven was still alive to pick up the slack after losing Paul Barker.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:34 PM

Lollapalooza 92!!!

Psalm 69 is a great record.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:39 PM

no man with an empty bank account needs to be justified

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:45 PM

2:21- he's been clean for quite some time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:47 PM

El Paso Represent!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:49 PM

they blew rhcp (and everyone else, for that matter) off the stage at lolla 92

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:52 PM

The Mind tour in 89-90 was great, but everything after that was just awful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:01 PM

"Work for Love" and "Every Day is Halloween" era Ministry is clearly the best.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:03 PM

needs more money for "just one fix"

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:06 PM

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:06 PM

They were at their peak in '92 they crushed RHCP,Soundgarden and Pearl Jam on Lollapalooza ,,,but he became too doped out after that and lost direction ...i still see them everytime they come around though..

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:10 PM

3:01- If you think that they were awful for Psalm 69, there really are no words for you. I have been a fan since 89-90 and I think that is ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:31 PM

They just got way too metal after Mind. Jesus Built My Hotrod was just stupid. Ministry and all the side projects from around 87 - 90 were great but after that I think it all went bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:44 PM

Maybe I'll finally get to see them live this time. They are THE industrial band for me, next to Godflesh. I'm somewhat skeptical of any new material (especially due to the boring remix and shitty cover albums), but we shall see.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:47 PM

Jesus Built My Hotrod was stupid? Oh my.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:52 PM

Twitch-Psalm 69! All the rest suck! I get tempted to check them out live every time they come around, but he doesn't play enough of the back catalogue to make it worth it! What happened to Industrial Music? Where are the present day Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, etc?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:55 PM

Land of Rape and Honey was the pinnacle and while Psalm 69 was very good it was also the crossover material that led to the bands demise.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:14 PM

Yes, Jesus Built My Hotrod is stupid when you put it up against Stigmata, So What or even anything else off of Psalm 69.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:17 PM

So What is definitely up there with JBMH, Stigmata is just a bit below (as great a tune that is, fucking S.O.D. covered it too!). Sorry, but Jesus is badass!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:37 PM

Hot Rod is campy to me and too much Gibby, but can be fun. The real shit off that record is NWO, Just One Fix, etc. The trinity of Land, Mind and Psalm 69 cannot be questioned. That was their golden era.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:45 PM

Jesus Built my Hotrod is a bit Schlocky now, but what was better then Gibby Haynes cameo on a Ministry record back then?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:46 PM

10,000 homo djs and pailhead were the goods

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:50 PM

Fuck that, Ministry sucked after Chris Connelly left.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 6:10 PM

Revolting Cocks FTW!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 6:23 PM

who's your favorite cock?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 1:18 AM

And the same goes with Pigface. The first couple of albums were great but then it was too generic metal.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 3:53 AM

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