Jan 2001 edition of Rip It Up

Thanks to Sean Hadfield for submitting this review taken from the New Zealand magazine, Rip It Up...
MINISTRY, MINISTRY, MINISTRY - that was the chant. As always Courtney Love showed the world here crotch. The Cult were
pretty lame and lead singer Ian Ashbury's voice was never going to be up to the challenged of hitting the high notes of
She Sells Sanctuary and Fire Woman. He did do a pretty good prance across the stage in his shimmering silver shirt like
Michael Hutchence though. And Primal Scream put in a typically lazy set - god, why didnt they stick to dance beats instead
of harking back to their rock roots?

Courtney and Ministry's scary front man Al Jourgensen, who spent most of his time in New Zealand brandishing a bourbon
bottle, were rumored to be shagging each other. But who knows, maybe it was just that they suited each other. They were
snapped cuddling backstage, or maybe they were stumbling into each other. But Ministry did rock and they rocked the night
before the Big Day Out at the Powerstation. You can see why they had to have a cage in front of their stage at some of
their earlier concerts.

Speaking of rocking, Shihad, once again, did it to the crowd and graced the main stage at 7pm, a hearty improvement on
their 2pm slot in 1994. Also on the bill were Offspring, Luscious Jackson, Rev Horton Heat, Supergroove, The Clean,
Garageland, Tadpole, Dimmer, Head Like a Hole (now HLAH), Sticky Filth, 3D's and You am I.


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