Today, MINISTRY‘s Al Jourgensen talks about the recent sexual harassment claims in the media. Check out the video here:
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.
The album is now available for pre-order HERE.
03.22. USA Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
03.23. USA Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
03.24. USA Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03.26. USA Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03.28. USA Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
03.29. CDN Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
03.31. CDN Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
04.01. CDN Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
04.03. USA Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
04.05. USA Lincoln, NE – Boubon Theatre
04.07. USA Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre,
04.08. USA Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
04.10. USA Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
04.11. USA Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
04.12. USA Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
04.14. CDN Toronto, ON – Opera House
04.15. CDN Montreal, QC – MTelus
04.17. USA Boston, MA – Royale
04.18. USA Portland, ME – Aura
04.19. USA Huntington, NY – Paramount Theatre
04.21. USA Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
04.22. USA Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
04.23. USA Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
04.25. USA Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
04.26. USA Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
04.28. USA Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
Or see the band in Europe on the following festivals:
07.11. – 13. E Vivero – Resurrection Fest
07.14. NL Eindhoven – Dynamo Metalfest
08.08. – 11. CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault
08.10. – 12. B Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
08.11./12. D Hildesheim – M’era Luna
08.17. – 19. 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.