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Ministry’s Al Jourgensen Has Rekindled His Friendship With Ex-Bassist, Etc. Paul Barker


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Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen and former band constant Paul Barker have officially buried the hatchet. A recent chat with Billboard.com found Jourgensen commenting of his rekindled relationship with Barker:

“We’re actually talking about doing something in the very near future. So who knows what may pop up on the next Ministry album. That’s really gonna get the old school crowd going. I just got off the phone with him, in fact.”

The news follows Jourgensen‘s previous revelation that he had former Ministry/Revolting Cocks bandmate Chris Connelly have also “kissed and made up.” The reconciliations appear to have come about after the three worked on the ‘Industrial Accent: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records‘ documentary. Jourgensen elaborated further on once again having Barker and Connelly in his life “These people I haven’t dealt with or seen in years are becoming a prevalent part of my life again.”

He continued:

“…It’s like riding a bike. You know how to do it. It was something that was long overdue on both his part and my part. A lot of external factors — whether it be management, previous relationships, ex-wives, things like that — is what interfered with this partnership continuing.

I think all the barriers have just dissipated through the process of time and healing. I think there could really be something to this.”

Barker in particular served a lengthy role in Ministry, having been a member from 1986 through till 2003. Ministry themselves have been working on a new record recently and are set to hit the road again later this month on a new U.S. tour with Carpenter Brut and Alien Weaponry.

That trek will find Ministry performing their latest album “AmeriKKKant” in full each night while also celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1988 album “The Land Of Rape And Honey“. The two Los Angeles, CA stops of that trek are expected to be recorded for a future live release.

11/21 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11/23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/24 Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/27 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/29 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/30 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12/01 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
12/02 Toronto, ON – Rebel
12/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology
12/05 Washington, DC – Fillmore
12/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/07 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/08 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
12/12 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12/13 Houston, TX – House Of Blues Houston
12/14 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
12/16 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
12/18 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues San Diego
12/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
12/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

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