Live Review – Ministry Returns To Cleveland Agora

One band you must see at least once in your life !

Cleveland, Ohio – The recently revamped historic Cleveland Agora played host to Uncle Al and Ministry last week the the delight and exuberance of fans. To be honest I am a recent fan  ,in my era of  80’s Metallica and  Savatage  heavy metal ,Ministry where not even in the same genre  as thought by 15 year me . I didn’t understand industrial or electric music  but that all changed when I got a book in the mail . One day I received the autobiography of  Al Jourgensen to review and my mind was blown away . The book was amazing, it as insightful, thoughtful and raw . I then had the chance to do a phone call with Al and got to the know the person behind the book and most importantly the music . Hence I now am a fan and will not miss a show if he is in the area or even somewhat a few hours away . I   met a girl and her father who I would say are super fans . Her name is Mountain she is 14  years old and has only seen one artist play live multiple times even with a three hour drive each way  . Uncle Al and Ministry is how she and her father connect and he was headbanging right beside her in front row !

 Mountain  with her Dad a Ministry family
Mountain with her Dad a Ministry family

The stage was rather bare compared to the last time I saw Ministry but that did not matter as I was here for the music and the show and what a show it was . Al and the boys hit the stage with an energy of new band, not a band that have done this for decades , this amp goes to eleven .

Ministry Live on Stage
Ministry Live on Stage

This tour  is a duel celebration of of the The 30th Anniversary Of “The Land Of Rape And Honey” and of the current release “AmeriKKKant” playing a lot of tracks from both landmark albums.

Ministry Live on Stage
Ministry Live on Stage
Ministry Live on Stage
Ministry Live on Stage

Some of the songs played that night were , Twilight Zone, Victims of a Clown ,We’re Tired of It, Wargasm , Antifa ,Game Over, AmeriKKKa ,The Land of Rape and Honey The Missing Deity and more .

Ministry Live on Stage
Ministry Live on Stage

The band was tight and solid and Al on guitar was great to see . The current line up is .

Al Jourgensen – vocals
Sin Quirin – guitar
Tony Campus – bass
Cesar Soto – guitar
John Bechdel – keys
Derek Abrams – drums

To learn more about the band please see the official website at http://ministryband.com/

 

 

Uncle Al Delivers The Goods- Ministry Plays Cleveland

Ministry Live on stage
Ministry Live on stage

Cleveland, Ohio – The iconic Cleveland Agora ( recently purchased by AEG Entertainment ) played host to one of the leaders of industrial music this weekend,the band Ministry. The leader and founder of the group Al Jourgensen commanded the stage like a general leading his troops .Uncle Al as he is affectingly called by his fans writes and performs songs based upon politics , current events and his life.The band debuted one of their newest songs at this show called ” ANTIFA ” which won the crowd over rather quickly.

Giant Trump Chicken
Giant Trump Chicken
Ministry on Stage
Ministry on Stage

The stage was adorned with two large inflatable chickens sporting orange hair and a bar symbol placed over a  swastika  and it eluded to the current  state of our nation.I had the chance to speak with Uncle Al a few times but never had the opportunity to see them perform live so I was excited about this show .I can sum up the show in just  four  words ” Not To Be Missed ” This is a living legend still at  his peak creatively and musically.The  songs came in rapid fire succession such as ” Psalm 69″  ,Rio, Wargasim, and NWO ” just to name a few.  ” Gates of Steel”was fan favorite  as well .

Ministry on Stage
Ministry on Stage
Ministry on Stage
Ministry on Stage

The opening band was the Death Grips and you could almost feel the divide in the audience or at least it seemed to me . The tour is currently going on so check it out in a city near you . To keep up with all things Al and Ministry check out the official site at http://ministryband.com

Ministry on Stage
Ministry on Stage

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