Chris Connelly re-joined Ministry on stage in Chicago tonight for for the first time in 15 years, reprising his memorable vocal to “So What” alongside Al Jourgensen in a performance that the band streamed live on Facebook — and which you can watch in its entirety below.
CORRECTION: As Slicing Up Eyeballs readers have pointed out, Connelly last joined Ministry on stage in Chicago in 2003 — 15 years ago, not 25 — to perform “So What.”
The Scottish-born Connelly, who also was a member of industrial groups Revolting Cocks and Pigface in the late ’80s and early ’90s (and recently has toured with a reunited RevCo lineup), sang on “So What” on Ministry’s 1989 album The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, and toured with the band for that album and into the early 1990s before parting ways with Jourgensen.
In the intervening years, Connelly has not exactly spoken kindly of his time with Ministry and other Jourgensen projects, once telling an interviewer, “I take a very dim view of my past.”
Yet at tonight’s show at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Jourgensen — who’s been touring behind Ministry’s latest album AmeriKKKant — introduces the song by saying, “We’re going to bring up an old friends of our from like 15, 16, 17 years ago. A person I hold very near and dear to my heart, who’s going to help us sing a song called ‘So What.’ His name is Chris Connelly!”
Watch the full performance below.
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