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Ministry at the Majestic Theatre, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018

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Ministry co-founder and leader Al Jourgensen turned 60 in October. And if anything it's only made the industrial rock pioneer that much more cantankerous.

But rather than get off his lawn, he wants people on it -- and ready to march.

Back in March, Ministry released "AmeriKKKant," a characteristically provocative, headbanging screed detailing Jourgensen's view of the state of the nation. It follows 2013's "From Beer to Eternity," which Jourgensen had intimated would be Ministry's last, but it's clearly he has a lot to say -- and no plans to quiet down any time soon...

• After laying out his dire view of the Trump administration on "AmeriKKKant," Jourgensen -- born Alejandro Casas in Cuba -- feels that the mid-term election results were a small but necessary step in the right direction. "This'll be the most exciting gridlock ever. Finally there's going to be some oversight. I wasn't expecting anything to get out of this Congress, even being held by the right for the last two years, and I certainly don't expect anything to get done for the next two years -- except oversight, something that keeps the government functioning without fear of corruption. That needs to be done. It's been two years of actual corruption and actual crimes being committed that should be prosecuted. Is that revenge? No. It's actually the system working like it's designed to work."

• Jourgensen and company are playing "AmeriKKKant" in its entirety during its current tour, which has injected some fresh energy into his attitude towards performing. "This tour is the thing I've been the most invested in in the last six, seven, eight tours. This one almost feels like it's personal for me, 'cause I've met with so much resistance with doing it the way we're doing. Our booking agency, management, record company are like, 'You can’t do a f***ing concert that is a concept concert. It'll bomb. But when you tell me I can't do something, even at 60, it has the opposite effect, like it has on a child. I've got my hackles up and, 'F*** you! I'm gonna do it!"

• Jourgensen is already hatching plans for Ministry's next album, and he's once again on good terms with Paul Barker, Ministry's sole other constant member from 1986-2003, after a long period of estrangement. "It's been awesome, man. 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."

Ministry, Carpenter Brut and Alien Weaponry perform Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Majestic Theatre, Detroit. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $39.50 advance, $45 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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