Ministry Announces The Industrial Strength Tour With KMFDM & Front Line Assembly/ Stage AE PGH July 9

Al Jourgensen (photo by Derick Smith)

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Ministry’s revolutionary album “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste,” band creator Al Jourgensen decided to go old school with the celebrations, announcing The Industrial Strength Tour to kick off this summer alongside very special guests KMFDM and Front Line Assembly.“’The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste’ just turned 30. Who knew we’d still be around to see this day,” says Jourgensen. “But since we are alive and kicking, we figured we’d hop in the way-back machine and recreate the infamous original tour with KMFDM, and add in Front Line Assembly as well. Don’t miss it this time because we’ll be in wheelchairs for sure in another 30 years. May the fence be with you!” “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste” was released in November 1989 and features hit singles “Thieves,” “Burning Inside” and “So What.” The record further cemented Ministry and Jourgensen as music innovators ahead of their time, producing a voluminous, aggressive sound that became a trademark for the industrial music genre. Kicking off July 1 in Seattle and wrapping August 1 in San Francisco, the 25-date Industrial Strength Tour hits most major markets in the U.S. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17 at 10 am local time at www.ministryband.comBlabbermouth is also hosting an exclusive presale beginning at 10 AM local time Tuesday, January 14 and running through 10 PM local time Wednesday, January 15—find the presale code at The Industrial Strength Tour comes after a memorable 2019 for Ministry who joined Slayer on the thrash metal band’s final dates of its Farewell World Tour and the release of a new fully authorized limited-edition visual history book, “Ministry: Prescripture.” Find more info here: INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH TOURJuly 1   Seattle, WA @ The Showbox Sodo 2   Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater 3   Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre 5   Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre 7   Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 9   Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE10  Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre11  Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre12  Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre13  Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre15  Boston, MA @ House of Blues16  Huntington, NY @ The Paramount17  Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont18  Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall19  Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage21  Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle22  Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live24  Houston, TX @ House of Blues25  Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!26  San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater28  Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater29  Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren30  San Diego, CA @ House of Blues31  Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues August1  San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

ABOUT MINISTRYBorn in 1981 in Chicago, Ministry has been the lifetime passion project of founder Al Jourgensen, considered to be the pioneer of industrial music. In its early days, Ministry was identifiable by its heavy synth-pop material in line with the new sounds and technology that were being developed in the ‘80s. Ministry’s output began with four 12” singles on Wax Trax! Records in 1981 before the first LP With Sympathy in 1983 via Arista Records. As time progressed however, so did Ministry, quickly developing a harsher, and more stylized sound that the band soon became infamous for on seminal albums Twitch (1986), The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), and The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (1989). With the release of Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and The Way to Suck Eggs (1992), Ministry hit an all time high in the mainstream musical realm and received its first Grammy nomination. In total, Ministry has been nominated for a Grammy award six times. After an indefinite hiatus in 2013, Ministry’s latest album, 2018’s AmeriKKKant, continues to reflect Jourgensen’s views on the frightening state of society and politics. With the latest lineup featuring Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto on guitars, John Bechdel (Killing Joke) on keys, London May (Samhain) on drums and Paul D’Amour (Tool) on bass, Ministry continues touring and recording in 2020 with new music and a few more surprises planned.

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