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.com. Blabbermouth 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 https://www.blabbermouth.net/. 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: https://www.melodicvirtue.com/collections/ministryTHE 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.