Like former U.S. Senator Al Franken, Jourgensen admits he has done things that he’s not proud of. “But you grow, you learn, you listen,” he says. Jourgensen has taken an objective look at some of his actions from the past that he didn’t consider sexist at the time, but, today’s raised awareness has given him a fresh perspective.
“Now it’s time for the men to buck up and start thinking,” he says. “We’ve slated our society to be exploitative and men have been rewarded by this system, but now, we’re starting to think.
“It’s not going to be an overnight thing, but at least start thinking. ‘Ok, I remember this party back, maybe 10 years ago where I did…yeah…I see that that was weird, I can see where I could have possibly weirded someone out…’ just that is a step forward. Just for a man to think ‘you know what? That was fucked up.’ That’s a step forward and that’s where we need to be and that’s what these discussions that are happening right now are doing…hopefully.”
MINISTRY will release its new album »AmeriKKKant« on March 9 (Nuclear Blast), and kick off its 2018 North American tour on March 22. Dates are below.
MINISTRY shows 2018
22.03. USA Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
23.03. USA Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
24.03. USA Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
26.03. USA Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
28.03. USA Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
29.03. CDN Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
31.03. CDN Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
01.04. CDN Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
03.04. USA Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
05.04. USA Lincoln, NE – Boubon Theatre
07.04. USA Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre,
08.04. USA Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
10.04. USA Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
11.04. USA Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
12.04. USA Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
14.04. CDN Toronto, ON – Opera House
15.04. CDN Montreal, QC – MTelus
17.04. USA Boston, MA – Royale
18.04. USA Portland, ME – Aura
19.04. USA Huntington, NY – Paramount Theatre
21.04. USA Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
22.04. USA Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
23.04. USA Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
25.04. USA Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
26.04. USA Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
28.04. USA Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
Or see the band in Europe on the following festivals:
11. – 13.07. E Vivero – Resurrection Fest
14.07. NL Eindhoven – Dynamo Metalfest
08. – 11.08. CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault
10. – 12.08. B Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
11./12.08. D Hildesheim – M’era Luna
17. – 19.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival
For decades, the powerhouse of psychotic sound that is MINISTRY has overcome millions with releases such as Filth Pig, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste, Psalm 69, From Beer To Eternity, and a flood of others. Since the 80s, founder Al Jourgensen, has been combining elements of synth pop, punk, metal and even dub in a way that is instantly recognizable and has influenced many other bands.
With timeless classics such as ‘Just One Fix,’ ‘Thieves,’ and ‘Jesus Built My Hotrod,’ MINISTRY are one of a kind musical pioneers.
With six Grammy nominations to date, over 3 million records sold, more than 2,000 live performances, and movie soundtrack work on Hurt Locker, Artificial Intelligence, Matrix, Robo Cop and SAW, MINISTRY has been contributing to the music industry for over three decades.