UPDATE: Just in time for opening night tonight, March 22nd, Joey Jordison has departed from Ministry's touring lineup. "It's been decided between Joey and Ministry that he will not go on tour with them so he may focus his full time attention on his own ventures," his team told Loudwire. "Ministry and their management are very supportive of Joey and wish him continued success." Jordison has since been replaced by Derek Abrams, who announced his enlistment via Instagram (see below).
ORIGINAL STORY: Next month, Industrial-metal pioneers Ministry will hit the road for an extensive North American tour behind the band's upcoming album, AmeriKKKant, due out March 9th. With the trek's March 22nd start date quickly approaching, main man Al Jourgensen has assembled an all-star cast of guest musicians to joining the band onstage each night: Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell, former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Beck/Crystal Method scratcher DJ Swamp. They'll join the previously established live roster comprising guitarists Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto, bassist Tony Campos (Fear Factory, Static-X) and keyboardist John Bechdel (Killing Joke).
"I am very honored to be part of Ministry's 'all-star' crew for the upcoming "AmeriKKKant" tour," says Bell, who contributed voice-overs to the album. "Working with Al over the years has been a blast and a dream come true, and to be part of another Ministry album was another milestone in my career."
"This looks to be a landmark tour with an amazing lineup and a killer new record," added Jordison, "and we look forward to these shows and celebrating a new chapter in the history of Ministry. But more importantly, the current status and future of Ministry's music and legacy: so, to the past, present and most importantly, to the future, stay alert, as this is not to be missed and we hope you will join us at these shows."
Find a full list of dates below.
Ministry tour dates:
Mar. 22 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Mar. 23 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
Mar. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Mar. 26 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Mar. 28 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Mar. 29 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
Mar. 31 – Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall
Apr. 01 – Calgary, Alberta – Palace Theatre
Apr. 03 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
Apr. 05 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Apr. 07 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Apr. 08 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
Apr. 10 – Cincinatti, OH – Bogart's
Apr. 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
Apr. 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
Apr. 14 – Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
Apr. 15 – Montreal, Quebec – MTelus
Apr. 17 – Boston, MA – Royale
Apr. 18 – Portland, ME – Aura
Apr. 19 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theatre
Apr. 21 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
Apr. 22 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Apr. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Apr. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Apr. 26 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
Apr. 28 – Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
Super excited to get back out on the road with @weareministry for the 2018 North America Tour that kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim. I can’t express enough gratitude to the band and crew to be able to be a part of this family. I look forward to seeing you at a show (http://ministryband.com/shows) if we don't hit your city this time there is a chance we will in the fall. #Ministryband #antifa #ameriKKKan #dereksabramsdrums #tourlife #drummer #drumlife #bandlife #attackrack #paiste #vater #livecustom #yamahadrums Photo Credit: Eric Lothrop Photography