MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen was recently interviewed by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "Full Metal Racket" (based in Australia). Download the 11-minute interview in MP3 format at this location (4 MB).
On the heels of itws final studio release, "The Last Sucker", released September 18, 2007, MINISTRY has announced their final world tour, "C U LaTouR", with special guests MESHUGGAH and opening act HEMLOCK.
MINISTRY kicks off the North American leg of "C U LaTouR" in Vancouver on March 28, 2008, stopping in a limited engagement 33 major market cities through mid-May, ending the U.S. leg in MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen's hometown of Chicago in early May. MINISTRY then heads off to play the principal European festivals as well as choice club dates beginning late May stretching through to July.
Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the North American "C U LaTouR", offered by Music Today, go on sale this Thursday, November 15 and can be purchased here. Exclusive Special Limited Access VIP tickets will also be available for purchase via the pre-sale, offering advance doors, seating, meet & greets and souvenir 13th Planet gift bags.
The "C U LaTouR" touring line-up features MINISTRY's founder Al Jourgensen being joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (PRONG) and Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS), keyboardist John Bechdel (PRONG, ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, FALSE ICONS), and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, ALICE COOPER). STATIC X's Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass on behalf of the recently departed MINISTRY/KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven. Joining the MINISTRY clan as Special Featured Artist will be FEAR FACTORY/ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS vocalist Burton C. Bell. Main support is Swedish experimental metal MESHUGGAH and opening act is the U.S.-based HEMLOCK.
To coincide with "C U LaTouR", Jourgensen's indie imprint is scheduled to release MINISTRY & CO-CONSPIRATORS "Cover Up", a 12-track covers release featuring artists from the 13th Planet Records family, as well as other special guests. "Cover Up" is scheduled for a late March/early April 2008 release.
For its spectacular two-and-a-half-hour "C U LaTouR" set, MINISTRY will perform tracks from "The Last Sucker" as well as songs that revisit the band's rich and provocative 30-year musical history. Archival MINISTRY videos plus other visual elements of alchemy, Christianity, politics and other topics aligned with MINISTRY will be incorporated into a special video presentation, produced by "Wicked Lake" director Zach Passero (with whom Jourgensen is collaborating on the soundtrack for the feature film) that will change night to night. And, as is expected from a MINISTRY show, you just never know what surprise guests will jump on stage for a song or two.