Posted in metal | music | pictures on June 25, 2012

photos by Greg Cristman

Ministry

Chicago industrial-metal favorites Ministry are on tour and played Best Buy Theater in NYC on Saturday (6/23), with support from the awesomely dressed Blackburner and Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda. The shows are part of the band's (read: Al Jourgenson's) anti-retirement dates which conclude in the US with a pair of shows in their native Chicago later this week (Jun 28th and 29th at Vic Theater). The band will then play lots of dates in Europe over the rest of the summer.

Here are some pictures from the NYC show. More of them and the setlist, and all those dates too, below...

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MINISTRY - SETLIST AT BEST BUY THEATER 6/23/12
Ghouldiggers
No W
Rio Grande Blood
Señor Peligro
LiesLiesLies
99 Percenters
Watch Yourself
Life Is Good
Waiting
Worthless
Relapse
The Last Sucker
Khyber Pass
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Psalm 69
N.W.O.
Just One Fix
Thieves
So What
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United Forces (Stormtroopers of Death cover)

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Ministry -- 2012 Tour Dates
6/28/2012 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
6/29/2012 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
7/1/2012 Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Fest
7/4/2012 Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
7/6/2012 Gavle, Sweden @ Getaway Rock Festival
7/8/2012 Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
7/10/2012 Leipzig, Germany @ Werk 2
7/12/2012 Tilburg, Netherlands @ O13
7/13/2012 Belgium @ Dour Festival
7/16/2012 Bristol, UK @ Academy
7/17/2012 Belfast, Ireland @ Mandella Hall
7/18/2012 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
7/20/2012 London, UK @ The Forum
7/21/2012 Manchester, UK @ Academy
7/24/2012 Madrid, Spain @ Riviera
7/25/2012 Bilbao, Spain @ Rockstar
7/27/2012 Selstat, France @ L'Art Scenique Festival
7/28/2012 Paris, France @ La Cigale
7/29/2012 Etaple, France @ Rock en Stock Festival
7/31/2012 Luzern, Switzerland @ Konzerthaus Schurr
8/2/2012 Pniewy, Poland @ Woodstock Open Air
8/4/2012 Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
8/6/2012 Munich, Germany @ Backstagewerk
8/8/2012 Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
8/9/2012 Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
8/11/2012 Moscow, Russia @ Moscow Arena
8/12/2012 St. Petersburg, Russia @ Glav Club

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Comments (88)

Like a poor mans Zodiac Mindwarp.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 9:49 PM

Glad to see they left the goddamn cage at home. Even more glad I didn't pay 70 dollars to see 5 songs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 9:57 PM

Was momentarily bummed that I didn't even know this show was happening, then realized that the crowd was probably really gross.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 9:59 PM

the crowd was the tits!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 10:20 PM

Looks like have good lighting, so few bands do nowdays

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 10:32 PM

no Burning Inside? no disco Everyday is Halloween? encore looks decent though...

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 10:37 PM

saw a similar set last time around at irving plaza. was really boring until the second half when they played the older stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 10:58 PM

This band sucked, sucks, and always will suck.

Fuck them and Nine Inch Nails!

Posted by D | June 26, 2012 3:17 AM

When did this shit start?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:20 AM

Donnie Darko killed it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:28 AM

Al's really scraping the bottom of the barrel by copying Jonathan Davis's mic stand.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:35 AM

LULZ @Acrassicauda's guitarist playing an Epiphone Les Paul. I bought my first Gibson Les Paul when I was sixteen with money I made bagging groceries at Publix. LOL, what does this "professional" musician do for a living?

Seriously.

Real instruments or GTFO.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:43 AM

Looks like Al added quite a bit to his face in his older age.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:54 AM

i love you!

Posted by Acompanhantes | June 26, 2012 7:08 AM

3:43---The guy is from Iraq and he plays in a metal band...think about what he's had to do to survive, play music, and be in the US on tour. And then compare that to your hard time at Publix bagging groceries. And then, finally, consider who should GTFO.

Posted by Brian | June 26, 2012 8:06 AM

^ Do I fucking care? What, the Army doesn't hand out paychecks?

Also, fuck everyone who served in Iraq. You're all just a bunch of cogs in a machine sucking on the tit of the upper middle class American taxpayer. Instead of doing something positive and beneficial with your lives for the country, you checked out.

It's so sad that the pervasive narrative in this country is "adult playing army man = hero".

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:26 AM

I saw Ministry at Lollapalooza '92 and it remains one of the best fucking shows I've ever seen. They embarrassed RHCP right off the stage as the headliners of that tour.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:52 AM

Not sure if Ministry should be called a Chicago band anymore. Al has been camping out in Texas since the early 90's. Yeefuckinghahh

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:17 AM

Hey 3:43 if you think playing a Gibson vs an Epiphone is what makes you good then why arent you playing on that stage,or any stage for that matter?Keep playing with your nutsack in your bedroom ok.You know Josh Homme plays a $300 cheap epiphone dot right?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:17 AM

As was said before, this set list is an embarrassment to the band's legacy. Who willingly dishes out $70 for 2 worthwhile songs during the encore. Shit, make that 1 song actually. What's the point of playing "So What" without Connelly on vocals?! Greatest Hits Set my ass. Should have stayed retired. But I guess the medical bills are kicking in a bit to hard, aren't they?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:21 AM

^ Would've loved to see that show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:33 AM

9:17 never touched a musical instrument in his life.

LULZ, Josh Homme? Are you Fred Armisen?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:44 AM

@826

He didn't serve in Iraq, he's FROM Iraq. dickhead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:01 AM

^ LOL that's even worse! Now you sausages are importing these hayseeds? Isn't the metal that the hillbilly's produce in this country bad enough? They don't have pizza delivery jobs in Iraq? Take a cue from the bearded fat guy in Ministry and rent a couple of Gibsons for the show.

Seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:21 AM

Holy shit, Al looks like the walking dead, and I don't mean that in a good way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:24 AM

LULZ is the faggotiest expression going. Tool.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:30 AM

^ Tool faggotiest to take his LULZ this morning.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:32 AM

No "Work For Love"?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:34 AM

^

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:35 AM

"LULZ is the faggotiest expression going. Tool"

Exactly. Faggoty doesn't even begin to cover it, though. Dead giveway for a hipster douchenozzle.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:37 AM

So LULZdrone is sensitive. Even faggotier.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:41 AM

^ faggotier LULZ

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:43 AM

^faggotier LULZ LULZ

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:47 AM

8:26 - While I cringe at your teen angst logic, I also question how much of a despicable little brat you truly are. Blanket statements are for the uneducated and ill-informed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:50 AM

10:21- Don't even ATTEMPT to salvage your first comment. You look like a complete fucking moron. Coming from Iraq, playing in a band, with the instability in that country and making something of themselves, is more than you will ever do in your life. I don't even like the band and I respect them for it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:56 AM

8:52- yes they did. They were absolutely bludgeoning.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:58 AM

10:37- Al would sooner die than do Every Day is Halloween, seeing as he considers their early material an artistic abortion (his words).

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:01 AM

8:26/10:21 has no friends and couldn't get into the military due to not being able to do one single pull-up; hence the jealousy/bitterness. Sorry my friend, but it won't get better for you. Kill yourself now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:07 AM

@ 10:56 The U.S. is to blame for the "instability" in Iraq. Specifically it's sorry excuse for citizens (i.e you and me).

It's still no excuse for that Epiphone.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:08 AM

This thread is great - clearly, two hipsters are in a slapfight with each other, each exorcizing the homophobia and racism that they think they conceal day to day, and both totally oblivious to how clear it is to see through the disguises. That is to say, if it's not just one miserable troll arguing with himself on the internets. Nice life, loser!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:09 AM

^ Still waiting.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:11 AM

how many people were there? I wondered if he would be able to get the place halfway full, considering the $70 ticket price and the well-publicized fact that the show was almost all new songs. I would gladly pay $70 to see a Ministry show with a set full of Ministry songs...but not a set that's the crummy new album.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:18 AM

AJ's face looks like it went thru a windshield.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:18 AM

11:08- I wasn't aware I had a vote in the invasion of Iraq. Thanks for informing me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:23 AM

@10:50 Why is it no surprise that this "cell phone" generation (because that's the only thing that defines you) doesn't have the common sense to despise the military?

You thoughtless drones. How's that for a blanket statement?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:29 AM

11:29...how's this for a blanket statement: I hope you and your entire family die of AIDS.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:33 AM

^ See that Gen "cell phone" attempt at intelligent discourse?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:37 AM

Woah, dude. Chill. That's out of line, even if you are an inbred fool.

You better watch out, you keep saying shit like that and you will be unpleasantly surprised how quickly your life will hit the shitter.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:43 AM

11:23 thinks he's not part of the problem.

It's all you, baby.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:45 AM

11:43 I hope your entire family dies of AIDS too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:48 AM

Al looks so, so bad. He should have never started making metal music and doing tons of drugs. Imagine if he just stuck to LSD and the Land of Rape and Honey industrial jams.

Shit's fucked up.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:58 AM

guys, get a room. seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:59 AM

no stigmata or deity, either. glad i skipped this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:00 PM

The comment about Lolla '92 nailed it. I completely agree. Ministry were amazing at that Lolla and completely upstaged the headlining RHCP set.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:02 PM

It didn't just stop at TLORAH. TMIATTTT and Psalm 69 were both fucked up albums.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:15 PM

11:45- Never said I wasn't part of the problem, but when an illegal war is started, one that I had no direct say in, based upon lies, I'm not taking the fall for that one. There are no moral absolutes. The real world is not a "vote or die" bumper sticker.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:19 PM

Seriously, The Chili Peppers were embarrassingly inadequate after Ministry's set.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:21 PM

12:19 Yeah, Americans aren't responsible for what America does.

Got anymore golden logic for me? I need to wipe my ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:26 PM

LOL at the concept of an "illegal war"

What the fuck are you talking about? President committed troops, Congress approved the budgeting for them, the UN was behind the move. The fuck are you talking about?

You see, here is the problem, and it is highlighted in bold relief by the current occupier of the Oval Office - You are not constrained by the rule of law if you pick and choose which of the laws you want to enforce (or more importantly, not enforce). What I mean is this - you cannot claim that some war is "illegal" just because you don't believe in it, when the example of our laws (the President, the Department Of Justice) do not see the law as a constraining force over their actions. We live in a time where laws are not seen as overriding behavior, but that what you think at this moment is what determines what laws are applicable. And that kind of negates the concept of law now, doesn't it?

So, don't bore us any more with your "illegal war" bullshit, when you won't accept the fact that there is a lot more illegality going on this very minute, closer to home, costing people lives on US soil.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:47 PM

LULZ

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:50 PM

"Seriously, The Chili Peppers were embarrassingly inadequate after Ministry's set."

The Chili Peppers were embarrassingly inadequate from the late-1990s on.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:56 PM

12:47- Illegal war- false evidence is presented to Congress to justify an invasion of a country that had nothing to do with the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history. Congress, believing that the evidence was truthful, approved the invasion. Does it need to be spelled out for you any more clearly? I am quite aware of illegality that is going on at this point in our country right now, but that is irrelevant to my previous comment. Additionally, your description of the philosophy of "what laws are applicable" is completely negated by my earlier example as, I believe, presenting false information to Congress is, and still remains, a crime. Word of advice, drop the Civic 101 tone and you might get further. And stop using the word "us". You speak for no one but yourself. Thank you and fuck off.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:05 PM

12:26- Your comment does not logically follow mine. Reading is fundamental, jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:07 PM

^ LULZ doesn't know what logically means

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:21 PM

LOL 1:05 thinks congress believed that the evidence was truthful.

It's all you, baby.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:24 PM

1:05 - does your concept of "false evidence" (which is such a politically charged term in itself, but that is for another discussion) include misreported or misinterpreted facts? I want to be sure I understand what you are saying - are you saying that whenever someone receives bad information that whoever uses this bad information is guilty of coercion? Because it seems that you let the Congress off the hook pretty quickly, and members of the Foreign Affairs/Relations & Intelligence committees would have access to the same level of information as the President.

You have still not proven any illegality. What I do see is someone with an axe to grind, and like the saying goes when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:27 PM

^ WHY?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:34 PM

We live in a society where if you make more noise it's perceived as you being right.

Louder isn't necessarily right.
First to state an opinion doesn't necessarily make that opinion right.
Decisions that seem right at the time aren't necessarily right.

But if you want money for people with minds that hate / all I can tell you is buddy, you have to wait

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:40 PM

^ WHAT?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:41 PM

LULZ There's some turd somewhere writing a response paragraph right now.

Wait for it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:43 PM

3:17-go eat a dick bitch

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:49 PM

^ you went all the way back to the top of the thread to find someone to yell at? wasted energy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:51 PM

"Decisions that seem right at the time aren't necessarily right"

"Decisions that seem right at the time"

"seem(ed) right"

THAT'S NOT HOW I REMEMBER IT.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:56 PM

LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ ha ha LULZ

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:59 PM

Hello, 9:49 PM.
Hello.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 2:04 PM

1:27- "false evidence" isn't political. Something is either true or it isn't. I don't give a fuck who is in office. Pictures, graphs, et al were presented to Congress showing "evidence" of weapons of mass destruction. It was not true. Those who culled the data knew it was not true. Colin Powell conveniently didn't re-up for a second term in the administration (I assume, due to honor). This is not conspiracy bullshit. I DESPISE conspiracy nonsense. This is well-known.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 2:41 PM

^ There it is.

It's like I'm living in the fucking Twilight Zone.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 2:54 PM

Yes as someone pointed out Ministry was much better during Land of Rape & Honey when they were not a metal band yet. Paul barker & Bill R. were the creative ones also.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 6:24 PM

LULZ

The war in Iraq was an innocent mistake!

mor LULZ

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 7:56 PM

12:47, 1:05. Congratulations, you've made it onto the Brooklyn Vegan Debate Team.

Now hit the showers.

I'll be right behind you.

Posted by Prof. LULZ | June 26, 2012 8:43 PM

WHITE ZOMBIE SOLD OUT!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:57 PM

2:54- No, that sensation is just you being a twat.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:01 PM

^you should turn your web camera off before hitting send next time dweeb

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:34 PM

Congratulations, you've made it onto the Brooklyn Vegan Debate Team.
Now hit the showers.
I'll be right behind you. Amazing sound!!

Posted by Acompanhantes | August 24, 2012 3:04 PM

Hi, im, Not sure if Ministry should be called a Ny band anymore. Al has been camping out in Bahamas since the early 90's

Posted by Garotas de Programa SP | September 4, 2012 7:34 PM

I love his bald head.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 4:12 PM

best music for the fans. great site and post.

Posted by inflora condo | October 13, 2013 12:43 AM

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