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Al Jourgensen Says One Final Ministry Album Is Planned, Paul Barker To Be Involved


The end of platinum-certified industrial metal pioneers Ministry once again draws near. Vocalist Al Jourgensen has again been speaking of the band’s expiry date as of late and it seems this time he’s serious. Of course, it’s not the first time that Jourgensen has put the band on the shelf. Back in 2008 Ministry broke up, only to reunite in 2011 for a run that has continued since.

According to a recent chat with Loudwire Nights, Jourgensen is plotting one final album beyond next month’s “HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES” (due out March 01st.) That pending swan song will also find the outfit reuniting with Paul Barker, who served as their bassist/keyboardist/programmer, etc. throughout Ministry‘s commercial peak from 1986 through to 2003.

Jourgensen commented:

“We have one more new record coming out. And we’re recruiting an old mate from the early days. Paul Barker is going to rejoin the band and we’re going to record together and that will be our last one.”

He continued:

“I think we’ve kind of perfected our genre — whatever genre that is. People like to call it industrial, I just call it music. But it is certainly our genre.”

“There comes a point in time musically when anything from here is going to be downhill.”

“I see so many bands do that. I don’t need the money. I don’t need the whatever. It’s a good time to stop. I just turned 65, which means I’m getting my mailbox stuffed with AARP shit. I took my piercings out. I took my dreads out. I decided at 65, I’m going to become an adult.”

There’s no shortage of opportunities to catch the band out on the back of their impending new album, see below for their plans.

With Gary Numan & Front Line Assembly:

02/27 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
02/29 Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
03/01 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03/02 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
03/03 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/05 Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
03/06 Edmonton, AB – Midway Music Hall
03/08 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
03/09 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
03/10 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
03/12 Columbus, OH – Kemba Live
03/13 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater
03/14 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
03/16 Toronto, ON – History
03/17 Montreal, QC – MTelus
03/18 Boston, MA – Roadrunner
03/19 New York, NY – Terminal 5
03/20 Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Casino
03/22 Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee
03/23 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
03/24 Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing
03/26 Birmingham, AL – Avondale
03/27 Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Casino Biloxi (no Front Line Assembly)
03/29 Houston, TX – House of Blues
03/30 Dallas, TX – The Factory
03/31 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater
04/02 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
04/04 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
04/05 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre


05/11 Pasadena, CA – Brookside at the Rose Bowl (‘Cruel World‘) (performing “Twitch” and “With Sympathy” songs)

With Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper & Filter:

08/20 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/22 West Valley City, UT – Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/24 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
08/25 Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
08/27 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
08/28 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
08/30 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
08/31 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
09/01 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/03 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
09/04 Syracuse, NY – Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview
09/06 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
09/07 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/08 Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
09/10 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
09/11 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/12 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
09/14 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
09/15 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/17 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
09/18 Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena

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