Ministry‘s Industrial Strength Tour has been been rescheduled for a second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, moving from summer 2020 to spring 2021 and now fall 2021, this time with Helmet joining Front Line Assembly as openers rather than KMFDM.
The U.S. tour, which now is scheduled for Oct. 3 through Nov. 3, is billed as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste, and was meant to replicate the 1989 album’s famed tour with original opener KMFDM, plus Front Line Assembly.
KMFDM, however, is now off the tour, with Ministry’s publicists citing “the uncertainty of COVID-19 protocols for visas, travel and vaccine distribution in Germany as well as immigration uncertainty.” Instead, fans will see Helmet — which accompanied Ministry on the tour for 1992’s Psalm 69.
Ministry bandleader Al Jourgensen said in a statement:
“With current COVID-19 restrictions, we are forced to again move our scheduled March/April 2021 U.S. tour to October/November 2021 and hoping normalcy returns by then. With vaccinations and better care happening, we all feel the fall is realistic. We can’t wait to get out there and play not only The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste material for you all but some stuff off our new album as well. Stay safe and see you in the fall!”
The new itinerary hits all of the previously scheduled markets except Pittsburgh, Pa., and Missoula, Mont., with both of those concerts canceled. A Baltimore, Md., concert is being postponed to a new date, while Charlotte, N.C., has been added to the tour.
All original tickets will be honored at the October/November dates, the band says, or ticketholders can get refunds at the point of purchase.
See full dates below.
Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour
Oct. 3: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct. 4: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Oct. 6: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct. 8: Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks **
Oct. 9: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct. 10: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct. 11: Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct. 14: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct. 15: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Oct. 16: Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Oct. 17: Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
Oct. 19: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Oct. 20: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore *
Oct. 21: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Oct. 23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live! ***
Oct. 24: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct. 25: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Oct. 28: Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Oct. 29: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Oct. 30: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Oct. 31: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
Nov. 2: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Nov. 3: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
* New date not included on original run
** Venue change from original run
*** Helmet will not be appearing
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Hear Ministry’s 2 ‘lost mixes’ of ‘Everyday (Is Halloween)’ and unreleased B-sides
- Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour with KMFDM and Front Line Assembly moved to 2021
- Ministry debuts new song ‘Alert Level’ off upcoming 15th studio album
- Bill Rieflin, drummer for Ministry, Pigface, RevCo and R.E.M., dead at 59
- Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour to feature KMFDM and Front Line Assembly
- Watch the trailer for ‘The History of Industrial Music: The Chicago Way’ documentary
- Listen: Ministry releases (mostly) full show from ‘In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up’