Ministry

PromoWest North Shore and Coors Light Presents
Ministry w/ Death Grips 

WHEN: October 21, 2017
WHERE:  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DOORS: 7:30pm
COST: $35.00 Advance/$35.00 Day of Show
ON SALE: July 21
Presale: 7/19 at 10am-7/20 at 10pm with the password ‘north’;

Ministry were formed in 1981 by Alain Jourgensen, he had moved to the U.S. with his mother while very young and lived in a succession of cities, eventually working as a radio DJ and joining a new wave band called Special Affect. Featuring drummer Stephen George, Ministry debuted with the Wax Trax! single "Cold Life," which -- typical of their early output -- was more in the synth pop/dance style of new wavers like the Human League or Thompson Twins. In 1985, with Jourgensen the only official member of Ministry, the Adrian Sherwood-produced Twitch was released by Sire Records; while not as aggressive as the group's later, more popular material, it found Jourgensen taking definite steps in that direction. Following a 1987 single with Skinny Puppy's Kevin Ogilvie (aka Nivek Ogre) as PTP, Jourgensen once again revamped Ministry with former Blackouts bassist Paul Barker officially joining the lineup to complement Jourgensen's rediscovery of the guitar; fellow ex-Blackouts William Rieflin (drums) and Mike Scaccia (guitar), as well as vocalist Chris Connelly.   In late 1991, Ministry issued the single "Jesus Built My Hotrod," a driving rocker featuring manic nonsense vocals by co-writer Gibby Haynes; its exposure on MTV helped build anticipation for the following year's full-length, Psalm 69. The record reached the Top 30 and went platinum, producing two further MTV hits. In 1999, the new single "Bad Blood" was featured prominently in the sci-fi special-effects blockbuster film The Matrix, setting the stage for the release of Dark Side of the Spoon. Ministry were nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for "Bad Blood," but they lost to Black Sabbath and were dropped from Warner Bros. around the same time.  In 2001, Ministry filmed a scene for Steven Spielberg's A.I. and released their contribution to the film on a greatest-hits album, appropriately titled Greatest Fits. In September 2005 Ministry celebrated their 25th anniversary with Rantology. Jourgensen remixed such past hits as "Jesus Built My Hotrod" and "N.W.O. for the set; it also included live material, rarities, and the new track "Great Satan." An extensive tour followed. In 2007 the bandmembers announced they would be releasing their "final" album, The Last Sucker, by the end of the year. In 2012 they returned with the very thrash, very angry studio album Relapse with the ironically titled live album Enjoy the Quiet following in 2013. The studio album From Beer to Eternity also appeared in 2013, honoring longtime Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia, who had passed away after suffering heart failure while on-stage performing with his other band, Rigor Mortis. Come check out Ministry when they come to Stage AE on October 21st!

   Official Website: www.ministryband.com

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