To celebrate the release of the new fully authorized visual history book "Ministry: Prescripture" on December 6, band leader and mastermind Al Jourgensen will make an appearance for one exclusive book signing alongside author and designer Aaron Tanner on Friday, December 13. The event is open to the public and will be held at Asrai Gardens West Loop (inside the Ace Hotel) in Chicago beginning at 6 p.m. After the signing, there will be an afterparty at a secret nearby location with DJ Scary Lady Sarah spinning industrial, gothic and new wave tracks from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Tickets are free but attendees must register here.
Only 2,000 copies will be printed of the limited-edition book that includes 248 pages of anecdotes from MINISTRY's music contemporaries plus rare and unseen photos, artwork and other ephemera that spans MINISTRY's entire career. A deluxe edition includes a seven-inch single of the studio version "(Every Day is) Halloween (Acoustic)" featuring Dave Navarro. It's the ideal holiday gift for music fans and collectors. There will be 200 copies available for purchase at the December 13 event, and out of town fans can also purchase copies at this link.
Asrai Garden started in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood 20 years ago and is as rooted in Chicago's culture as MINISTRY where Jourgensen started the band and lived for many years. This celebration of local brand and band uniting in 2019 to mark the occasion of a new store and new book is furthered by a limited-edition commemorative candle only available for purchase at the store on December 13. Created in collaboration with Al Jourgensen, it has notes of frankincense, myrrh, tobacco, smoke, and patchouli, and will burn for approximately 50 hours. Only 50 candles will be available.
Chicago's Kuma's Corner is also joining in on the celebration at their nearby West Loop location by re-launching the infamous Ministry burger during the week of December 9-13. The 10-oz. beef patty (or choice of protein) is topped with bacon fat aioli, applewood smoked bacon, fried smoked gouda cheese, caramelized vegetable medley, red wine gravy and fresh thyme.
Also released today is MINISTRY's campaign video encouraging Americans to get out and vote in the upcoming 2020 election season. Since the origins of the band in the '80s, MINISTRY has been a fervently political group with Jourgensen's lyrical exposés about the Bush era to the current-day Trump regime. MINISTRY's most recent album, "AmeriKKKant", began Jourgensen's rally against the current state of affairs — and will only ramp up in the 2020 election cycle.
MINISTRY will join SLAYER on the thrash metal band's final dates of its farewell world tour. Kicking off November 2 in Asheville, North Carolina and wrapping up in Los Angeles on November 30, "The Final Campaign" is the seventh and last leg of SLAYER's goodbye tour. MINISTRY will appear on all 18 dates alongside additional support acts PRIMUS and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS. In addition, MINISTRY has several headlining dates on the trek and each will include songs from "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste", which marks its 30th anniversary on November 14.