Industrial Music Legends MINISTRY Use and Endorse EV on C U LaTouR
MINISTRY recently announced their final world tour, “C U LaTouR,“ with special guests Meshuggah and opening act Hemlock. Ministry kicks off the North American leg of “C U LaTouR“ in Vancouver on March 28, 2008, stopping in a limited engagement 33 major market cities through mid-May, ending the U.S. leg with two shows in frontman Al Jourgensen’s hometown of Chicago in early May. Ministry then heads off to play the principal European festivals as well as choice club dates beginning late May stretching through to July.
Given the band’s rigorous equipment demands, MINISTRY have become devotees of EV wired and wireless mics over the years. The band’s last tour in 2006 was a huge success due partly to the trouble-free and unparalleled performance of the Electro-Voice RE-1 wireless instrument system employed by both guitarist Tommy Victor and bassist Paul Raven (R.I.P.).
Given the unfortunate and untimely passing of former Ministry and Killing Joke bass legend, Paul Raven, Tony Campos (bassist with fellow EV endorsers Static-X) has stepped in to fulfill the band’s bass duties. And with that, Tony brings the latest wireless instrument system offering from EV into the fold, the much-talked about REV, which has been around the world in Tony’s rack no fewer than three times without any technical issues.
The rest of the band has also upgraded from the EV RE-1 wireless system to the REV, including frontman Al Jourgenson who will tour with four channels of wireless REV with 767a and 967 handhelds at his disposal for vocals.
Electro-Voice is very proud to be on the road with industrial music giants MINISTRY. Please check back in the near future for a full written and video interview with the band!
More about MINISTRY’s C U LaTouR
The “C U LaTouR“ touring line-up features Ministry’s founder Al Jourgensen joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong) and Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks), keyboardist John Bechdel (AoTW, False Icons, ex-Prong), and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth, ex-Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Alice Cooper). Static X’s Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass duties on behalf of the recently departed Ministry/Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven. Joining the Ministry clan as a Special Featured Artist will be Fear Factory/Ascension of The Watchers vocalist Burton C. Bell. Main support is Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah and the opening act is the U.S.-based Hemlock.
For its spectacular two-and-a-half-hour “C U LaTouR“ set, Ministry will perform tracks from “The Last Sucker“ as well as songs that revisit the band’s rich and provocative 30-year musical history. Archival Ministry videos plus other visual elements of alchemy, Christianity, politics and other topics aligned with Ministry will be incorporated into a special video presentation, produced by Ministry music video and Wicked Lake feature film director Zach Passero that will change night to night.
As is expected from a Ministry show, you just never know what surprise guests will jump on stage for a song or two. “A Ministry tour is a traveling circus,“ states Jourgensen. “When we roll into town, everyone hides their daughters, but the freaks roll out the red carpet and a friend or two pops up on stage to add some spice and mayhem to the show. We never know who’s gonna walk through the dressing room door at sound check. We rehearse a bunch of ’extra’ songs just in case so-and-so shows up...“
Confirmed dates for Ministry’s 2008 “C U LaTouR“ can be found at the C U LaTouR Page. Additional dates and cities are yet to be announced. The C U LaTouR Page will be updated with more official tour information as the dates are set.