Live Show Reviews

(in the order recieved)


Various reviews from people who have attended some Ministry concert on their Dark Side tour...


Sent by Robert for the July 19th 1999 show at Vic Theatre in Chicago:

 Opening act Acumen Nation was musicaly 
listenable but the vocalist was god-awful.  We were 
glad when they left the stage.  Their last song was a 
pretty good RAMSTIEN cover.  Ministry could have 
recorded another album in the time it took them to get 
on stage, I didn't know if there were EMTs backstage 
trying to revive him (Al) or what.  I was standing 
right in front of the stage where they were taping the 
song list and lyric sheets to the stage.  I was in 
disbelief!  Al came out and they tore the place down.  
They didn't play more than three songs off of Dark 
Side and nothing before The Mind.  I've seen some of 
the other set lists from this tour and was kinda mad 
cause here they didnt crack an hour playing.  They 
came out for an encore started into Jesus built my 
hotrod and got halfway through it before storming off 
stage because the sound system was failing, pretty 
bad.  I was mad because on the set list sheet in front 
of me I could see clearly their last song was to be 
Lay Lady Lay wich they never got too....  A friend of 
mine was at the show and said they played horribly, 
but I don't agree.  She was up in the seats and i was 
right up front watching Al oogle a hot young blonde in 
a short skirt.  I never saw them play live before, and 
wonder if I will ever see them again!  Ministry is the 
heavyweight champion of the world!


Sent by Chad Tevebaugh for the show on August 8th:

Ministry
Murat Egyptian Room
Indianapolis, IN
August 7, 1999

I last saw Ministry on April 3, 1996 (also in the Murat Egyptian Room) and
have been waiting to see them ever since.  Almost three and a half years
later my wait is finally over.  Here is my review:

We arrived at the venue at about 7:30 and not very many people were there
yet.  About 8:10 or so, Atari Teenage Riot took the stage.  The show began
with one of their singers making this gargantuan noise with a guitar for a
couple minutes, then all the sudden the music kicked in.    The funny thing
is that there was all of this noise and music, but there were no visible
musicians.  Outside of the singer's voices (and the two minute guitar
intro), EVERYTHING was either recorded or sampled.  There was a DJ, but she
didn't really seem to be doing very much.  I found their show amusing for
about 5 minutes.  I don't go to concerts to hear pre-recorded music.  One
note:  ATR were VERY, VERY loud.  BRING EARPLUGS to the show and thank me
later.  One reviewer said that Ministry's show was one of the loudest they
had ever heard.......I can say that ATR was the loudest I have ever heard.
Enough about that, I am writing to review Ministry.

Ministry came on the stage about 9:40 and approximately 1 hour and 10
minutes later, they were done.  When they came on the stage, the first
thing I noticed is that Al looked very frail and skinny (and the dreads are
gone).  It appeared to me that he has lost a lot of weight.  Has nobody
else noticed this?  Al really seemed like he didn't feel very good as he
leaned over the mic like he could hardly stand during most of the concert.
He had on these arm-wrap things that certainly aroused my curiosity (maybe
they were to absorb sweat).  Outside of mumbled song introductions, I don't
remember Al saying one word to the crowd during the show.  They blasted
through a setlist very similar to the setlists other reviewers have noted.
The saxophonist played on a great deal of the songs and overall I felt he
added a nice touch to the songs.  I would have to say that my highlight of
the night was hearing them play Supernaut, which closed the show.  I
really, really wished to hear Stigmata, but my wish was not granted.  In
fact there were no songs played from TLORAH, which seems for the most part
to be the norm on this tour.  

Overall, I really enjoyed the show, but as other reviewers have said, it
just seemed to be missing something overall.  They (Al especially) really
seemed to just be going through the motions to get through the show.  Paul
seemed to be in the best mood and he actually interacted with the crowd
before the encore by asking what we wanted to hear.  It seemed like there
weren't as many people there as in 1996 and the crowd was not NEAR as
violent as in 96'.  Further it seemed that they played a shorter setlist
and we only got one encore in Indy.  Further the sound didn't seem to be as
solid as in 96'.  Songs like Lava and Crumbs seemed to come off with a lot
more clarity in 96'.  I'm not sure what's up with that.  Maybe I'm just
gong deaf.  

Sorry, if my review sounds like it is toward the negative side.  Actually,
I really enjoyed the show.  Ministry has been one of the biggest musical
influences in my life and to be in a crowd 10 feet away from them is just
the greatest.  Although I was a tad let down, I still had a great time.
The rigors of the road have to be tough and I admire them for doing what
they do.  Here is the setlist as best as I can remember (probably not in
order, but I'm pretty sure I've got all the songs down):

Reload
Crumbs
Psalm 69 (shortened version)
Filth Pig
Lava
So What
Just One Fix
Bad Blood
New World Order
Hero
Thieves

Encore:
JBMHR
Supernaut

Now that I have seen them again, I am already waiting for the next show
(hopefully I don't have to wait three and a half years again, but whenever
will be fine). 


Sent by hearse57


MINISTRY CHICAGO 8-6-99
 
        Great show!  Opening band DISTURBED sucked.  They sounded like rehashed
PANTERA and COAL CHAMBER.  But they are new and 'local' so what can you
expect.  Then the main opening act ATARI TEENAGE RIOT was next.  Their
live show was thought of by many around me as monotonous at best and
insulting at worst.  This group had all their instruments dubbed onto
tape so that 3 members could 'act' like lead vocalist.  They came on
stage jumping and dancing about, but completely lost energy half way
through their set. HA,HA. Plus they relied solely on 12 large xenon
strobe lights for special fx. These lights were flashed about 12 times
per second directly at the audience.  Very insulting and
unprofessional.  
        Anyway... on to MINISTRY.  I started worrying when I saw the stagehands
taping 14 lyric sheets of paper to the ground by the main microphone
stand.  Then they came onto the stage , Al last of course.   The set
list was basically the standard tour list.  And their was the
mysterious, 6" heel clad, pale, skinny, dominatrix looking female
vocalist for Bad Blood.  On DSOTS the credits refer to a Tycoon,
probably her name.  Overall it was a kick ass, no nonsense, error free
show.  Al also had a butterfly knife for stage theatrics, very cool. 
The show did not seem extremely loud as other people have said it would
be.  I feel it was a perfect sound level.  This show was definitely
worth the $30 ticketmaster price and my 3 hour drive to Chicago.  I have
begun to enjoy the new album to a greater extent after seeing them
perform some of the songs live.
 
The set list is as follows:
Reload (Al on mandolin)
Crumbs
Psalm69
Filth Pig (Al on harmonica)
Lava
Hero
Bad Blood (Tycoon on raspy backup vocals)
So What
Just One Fix 
N.W.O.
Thieves
----first encore----
Nursing Home
Supermaniac Soul
----second encore----
Jesus Built My Hotrod
Supernaut


From Lou Fazio - August 2nd - NYC

MINISTRY, Roseland Ballroom, NYC, Fri 30-July-99. 

Al Jourgensen & Paul Barker brought their loud, pummeling, thrashy
juggernaut of a roadshow to NY last Friday, in the recently rennovated (but
still pretty skanky) Roseland. The band played a tight, powerful, punishing
85-min set. However (imho) something was sorely lacking, as expected from
seeing recent setlists: too few songs from their most recent and excellent
album, 'Dark Side of the Spoon'. If I had never seen them before I would
have been completely awed & blown away big time, but this is the 4th time
I've seen them live, & the old stuff is ..... pretty old by now. 'So What'
is still a great song, & really fired up the audience (who seemed to love
the fact that the set was mostly older songs), but it chews up 11-12 minutes
of valuable set time! 

Bulk of the set was comprised of songs from '96's 'Filth Pig' and '92's
platinum-selling 'Psalm 69'. Only ONE new song in the main set, but at least
we got 2 in the first encore, including the very textural & unexpected
'Nursing Home'. The usually huge & sprawling live band line-up included 2
guitarists (Mike Scaccia & another guy I assume is long-time member Louis
Svitek), the amazing Rey Washam on drums, a keys guy, Barker on bass (he
loves those hollow-body Gibsons, & gets a great, fuzzy tone that is *felt*
thru the legs, groin, & chest), & of course Al on occasional guitar + other
instruments & lead vox. Al sang great, was very intense, seemed to be
*relatively* sober, & looked like he was having fun all night. They were
augmented by an unknown alto-sax player on almost every song, + a tall sexy
female vocalist who did cool back-up vox on 'Bad Blood'. 

Biggest revelation this nite was Al's outstanding lead-slide guitar playing
on 'Bad Blood', VERY COOL, as well as his
babbling-redneck-on-speed-thru-a-fuzzbox impersonation of Gibby Haynes on
their big hit single from '92, 'Jesus Built My Hotrod'. (They played the
shorter, sample-less version). Light show was simple but good, lots of reds

& whites & occasional BLINDING strobes. 

Setlist: 9:20-10:45pm

Reload (Al: elec. mandolin)
Crumbs **
Psalm 69 (minus the big intro, they just went into the main verse riff)
Filth Pig (Al: harmonica, played very well!)
Lava **
So What **
Bad Blood (Al: slide git)
Just One Fix ** >>
N.W.O. >>
Hero >>
Thieves (backing vox by the lead singer of openers Nothingface, who sucked)

Encore 1:
Supermanic Soul
Nursing Home ** (no gits at all; Svitek played keys, Scaccia elec. banjo)
Jesus Built My Hotrod (Al: slide git)

Encore 2:
Supernaut (Al: git. I love the stern, anti-drug & anti-rock sampling of the
guy who says "they all sing the same refrain, it's fun to take a trip, put
acid in your veins...")

** joined by alto-saxist


From praise tubbies - 30 July '99


Hey, Afra, I saw Ministry at the 9:30 club yesterday and I thought I'd 
review them.  I noticed that most of the recent reviews aren't too favorable 
(I was discouraged before I went) but I'm sending this to set the record 
straight.



Venue:
The Nightclub 9:30, Washington D.C.
7/28/99

   I came to see Ministry, expecting less than the best from one of the most 
seminal Aggro-Industrial bands ever, due to some discouraging reviews of 
recent, but was thoroughly impressed by the completely magnum display.
   There seemed to be some delay for the entire night.  I don't know where 
the responsibility falls, but I'd guess that it was the nightclub's staff's 
fault.  The line outside wasn't allowed in until going on 8:00 and the 
opening band didn't start until nearly 9:00.
   The opening band, Nothingface, completely lacked talent and appeal.  The 
music was the same old, boring, faux thrash metal riffs and same old, 
boring, repetitive blast beats.  The lead singer was the worst part of all: 
moaning and screeching while prancing around the stage, doing some idiotic 
booty-dance/pantomime thing, as if someone kept pulling an imaginary chair 
out from under him as he tried to sit down, all across the stage, back and 
forth.  The crowd harassed and heckled them throughout their meager 30 
minute set.
   Then came Ministry, at 10:15.  Immediately after taking the stage they 
exploded with their full-on audio/visual hell-chamber party.  Searchlights 
towered behind them, spotlights hung from above, casting their crooked 
shadows onto the walls of the club in red, green, purple.  The backdrop, 
when not bathed in red or green lights, displayed a psychedelic 
food-coloring/oil kaleidoscope.  Al bounded around the stage, drinking, 
smoking, dousing Mike with champagne, making mocking conducting motions and 
irreverent hand gestures to the beats, exchanging jokes with Paul while 
cackling to each other, offering the mike to the crowd to yell the chorus,
throwing spare water bottles to the moshing crowd, wailing and howling at 
the end of So What, giving the crowd the champagne bottle, his guitar slide 
and pick, all the while with the thundering music and lights filling the 
building.  And only once during the 90 minute set (with 2 encores) did I see 
Al checking the lyric sheet on the floor.
  Despite the pathetic opening act, this Ministry concert is probably the 
best concert I'll ever see and if you have the chance to see them I strongly 
recommend you take advantage of the opportunity.

The Band:
A. Jourgensen: Vox, Mandolin, Harmonica, Guitar
P. Barker: Bass
R. Washam: Drums
M. Scaccia: Guitar, Banjo on Nursing Home
L. Svitek: Guitar, Keyboard on Nursing Home
D. Buford: Keyboard, Samples
Unknown guy (Mars Williams?): Sax on almost every song
Unknown tall goth lady: Vox, Interpretive Dance on Bad Blood,    
Interpretive Dance during the encores

The Set List:
Reload
Crumbs
Psalm 69 (without intro)
Filth Pig
Lava
So What
Bad Blood
Just One Fix
N.W.O.
Hero
Thieves
(encore 1)
Nursing Home
"That was like the second time we played that song...This is like the first 
time we'll play the next one..." -Al
Jesus Built My Hot Rod
(encore 2)
Supermanic Soul
Supernaut


From E. Oscar Pearson: - 29 july '99

I have a close relationship to Ministry, so my review might be a little biased.  Anyway,  the band arrived early in the afternoon to do sound 
checks.  Keep in mind that this mini-tour of the U.S. was a warm-up for the upcoming European tour.  They hadn't been together on stage since 
1996 and to top it off much of the equipment used was rather new.  It takes a while to get things worked out, including the set list from the 
new album.  It's much different presenting your music live than when you are working in a studio environment.  

I have it on good authority that the set lists were the old ones from 1996 with little new stuff because there hasn't been ample time to work 
out the live arrangements for the new albums material.  It's easier to get back into the groove, as a band, when you start out with material 
you've already worn your fingers out on before, too.  Considering that it took from 5 or 6 hours for Ministry to get the sound systems checked 
out and the samplers adjusted to some degree of proper adjustment, the show was great.

The band did suffer from a little bit lower power than usual in Grand Rapids, but thought that would be worked out shortly.  The bullet Mic 
used for JBMHR and Harp on Filth Pig was broken and had to be jury rigged to be able to use it at all.  Given the great obstacles of getting 
back on the road, this early gig was well presented and came out well.  The vocals were not as audible as they usually are do to equipment and 
house systems problems.  Al was definitly displeased with this.  But these guys are professionals and strive to do what's right for themselves 
and the fans.  The show must go on!  I can tell you when they come to Detroit on August 3rd, I'll be there.  I will write a new review for the 
primed and ready to go group when they come.  I look forward to hearing more Dark Side of the Spoon tunes at this show.

The U.S. tour dates are packed together to tightly.  I can't imagine that everyone will be rested and on top physically, but you never know.  
It's bound to be: some days better than others.  I don't think people realize the pressure nightly playing and travelling from one city to 
another puts on a person.  You have to have a lot of admiration for those that can do it, especially once you get over 40 as both Al and Paul 
are.


From Kai Siljander:

I saw Ministry last Saturday in Ruisrock and I just wonder how I'm still alive. I can't describe the 
feeling but it was one hour of total mayhem! They played so loud that many people put their fingers 
in their ears and asked the security guys for ear plugs. And the sounds were awesome. The guitar 
riffs were occasionally even heavier than on the albums and we were so stoked. It was definitely one 
of the best gigs I have ever seen! Here is the song list. It may be incomplete and the order is not 
correct (Reload, Filth Pig and Jesus Built... are in right order but the rest probably aren't) 
Anyway, I can get you the complete list if you want. This is the list I wrote afterwards:
1. Reload
2. Filth Pig
3. Crumbs
4.Thieves
5. Lava
6. So What
7. N.W.O.
8. Hero
9. Just One Fix
10. Psalm 69
11. Jesus Built My Hotrod
They didn't play any songs from The Dark Side Of The spoon which was quite a surprise to me. But 
maybe they thought the album is too new for the Finns.


From Alan Esher - July 29th '99:

 Just got back online since i saw the july 28th show of ministry at
the 9:30 club in dc!!!!!
IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the song list was (this may not be the right order)
Reload
Crumbs
Psalm 69
Filth Pig
Lava
Hero
Bad Blood
So What
Just One Fix
N.W.O
Thieves
Nursing Home
Jesus Built My Hotrod
Supermanic Soul
Supernaut

They had 2 encores and completly deafened me and my friends with the
arena strength equipment they brought into the club (hehe) Al Jourgensen
was goin crazy and it looked like he had trouble standing up at the
begining (to many drugs i guess :)) It also seemed that they were trying
alot of stuff on the crowd (like nursing home and supermanic soul) to
see how it would go over. all in all it all seemed to go over quite well
i thought and the crowd was into it all. word of adivice though they are
easily one of the loudest band i have ever seen (and ive seen alot!!).
When Just one fix comes on your like "wow this is loud" then NWO starts
and its like 3 times as loud!! then Thieves starts and by that time you
cant hear anymore hehe great show one of the best.


From adam inverso - july 28th

great show. just wanted to drop a line on the set list. in no particular 
order:
reload
filth pig
lava
crumbs
n.w.o
heros
just one fix
psalm 69
jesus built my hotrod
so what
theives
bad blood
supermanic soul
nursing home
supernaught

all in all it was a great show. al and the guys seemed to be having a whole 
lot of fun on stage


From Miha Rinne (the show was in Finland):

this was first time they played there, I wonder how they felt doing it in sunny beach in front of 
thousands who ALL were too drunk to figure out or even care whats happening.....Jourgensen was funny 
through the gig, he did kind of cheesy dancing around, tried to sodomize his guitarist(not barker), 
drank wine and finnish vodka (which he threw at audience) between songs.  However I've heard theyve 
been somewhat wilder onstage in the past.
I also noticed barker's hair was turned somewhat whiter (is he getting old? he he) 
When they played songs like "so what" and "NWO" audience at the front went totally bonkers, 
everybody was bouncing, jumping, punching, kicking and pushing each other..at some point jourgensen 
told audience: "you are fucking mad !" after watching the carnage on the front for some time.
Disappointingly they plaid no new tunes at all, Al tried to introduce one of them, but every time he 
tried to say "..and the name of the song is..." people shouted really loud "JESUS!" then barker 
whispered something to him, Al grinned and they played "jesus built my hotrod" straight off  - and 
went off the stage, no encore. So it was bit like 'no new songs for you buggers because you didnt 
wanna hear!'
Sound was excellent,they plaid very tight and fast set, live drummer was very well up to his task! 
It was really a kick-ass performance compared to anything else I've seen.
I waited 10 years to see ministry and that was worth it.


Nikolaj HTP sent me this one from his attendance of a Ministry concert at Roskilde Festival on the 1st of July

As I am a very very big fan of Ministry, I had been looking forward to
this day for a very long time. I had seen them once before, in the same
place in 1996, and it was the best concert I had ever been to. But as I
walked away from this years concert, I could not help being a bit
disapointed. First of all, they did not play any new songs, which to me
seems stupid and strange. I would have gone totally mad when they played
Supermanic Soul, and it would be so cool to hear tracks like Bad Blood,
Nursing Home and Eurika Pile live, but it never happened. Also the Track
list was far to much like the one in 96, the only difference was Lava
and Jesus BMHR! The latter was played without energy, and I have never
liked that song anyway.

But still, they songs they played are killer tracks, and they should
make a great concert anyway. But it didn't. Al Jourgensen was so pissed
that he could hardly stand, and the drummer seemed not to be entirely
played in with the rest of the band. This resulted in Al starting verses
at strange places, and the drummer in missing brakes. But somehow Paul
Barker mangaed to keep things together. It was obvioulsy him that was
the leader on stage, and he was responsible for for the fact that
sometimes the concert after all did go well. Tracks like Thieves and So
what were the highlights of the concert, even though Al did far to many
"WUHUHUHUHUHU" noises in So What. 

The opening track was Reload, and apart form the soundguy messing up
al's Banjo solo, it did go well. It was the same thing with tracks like
NWO and Crumbs, but still they lacked that "Kick ass" mentality that the
same tracks had 4 years ago. Psalm 69 was played in a very strange way
without the intro, and Lava was somewhat changed as well. They also
played Hero, which to me is strange, coz IMO it is the worst track of
Psalm 69.

All in all I was disapointed. But then again, my expectations were huge,
and it would have taken them a massive perfomance to live up to them.
New fans may have been satisfied and become interested in buying more
Ministry, but old fans must have been disapointed. And by old fans I
don't mean the ones that only like stuff from before Psalm 69, coz
personally I think that Filth Pig and Dark Side are among Ministrys
best...

Track list:

Reload 
Lava
Crumbs
Psalm 69
Just One Fix
NWO
Hero
Thieves
So What
Jesus Built My Hotrod

Any commentaries to this review are welcome, just mail me at
webmaster@hackenbusch.dk


From Johnathan Fritz, comes this humorous guide to Ministry concerts:

My "Ministry in a theatre" survival kit
(compiled due to experience in failing to comply with all the listed items 
below and paying the price)
1.  2 sets of earplugs (always bring the backup)
2.  1 old pair of glasses (I can't see without em)(I did find 1 lense 
though)
3.  1 pair steel toe boots, to protect the feet (that fuckin hurts)
4.  Leather pants to prevent ripping and unecessary chafing (guaranteed)
5.  1 cheapo camera with the string duct taped to the wrist
6.  Keep camera in hand at all times
7.  No chain necklaces, they either question letting you in sometimes or 
someone tries to choke you, or you lose it.(yeah real funny haha)
8.  Keep hands up in front of your chest at all times , on the defensive 
(works everytime)
9.  Bring the wallet attached to a chain but not an excessivly long one, do 
not bring credit cards and bring only needed i.d.
10. Put the wallet in the front pocket, (some people really suck at pick 
pocketing, but it has happened more than once, unsuccessfully mind you)
11. Drink more water than beer (Beer+dehydration=bad shit)
12. Don't move to the back or sides thinking the "pit" will not be there, 
satellites always occur
13. And don't eat right before the show as the decibel level they work on 
(i.e. "the fall" fuckin vibrates your innards. (weird feeling)
14. Mix move slam stir and enjoy. :)


Another one from Jakob Berg Hansen at the same concert as above:

Well, first of all the guys show up 15 min. late, i know this sounds petty but at Roskilde you only get 
one hour and then it's OUT unless the audience REALLY wants you back, which they didn't so only 45 min. 
Ministry. What was great though was that they played Reload, Crumbs, Bad Blood, So What, Just One Fix and 
Thieves, all songs that (as far as my memory goes) weren't played when they visited Roskilde in '96, too 
bad they were the first band on that stage because the volume were too fu#@%ng high, i know Ministry's 
supposed to be loud but they played their set so loud i could hear a ringing in my head for the next 2 
days, something i haven't experienced the other 3 times i've been at this festival. 
Bottom line:
good songs+bad timing+bad sound=lousy concert=fuck'em

 I hope you can use this, if only to tell people that Ministry sucked at Europes most prestigious 
festival.


From the show at the Big Day Out, comes a review from Paul Heaton:

  Ministry had a 45 minute slot on the big day out so they only had
time for a mini-set.  Everyone but Al came
onstage at once and went straight into 'Reload'.  Al came onstage at the
last moment before the singing began
doing a funny dance.  (Al was playing what I presume was a Mandolin)
He was wearing shades throughout the whole show, green shorts, a white
hockey t-shirt with an indian on the
front and the number 55 on the back.  Paul was dressed all in black, a
leather jacket on top.
    The band sounded great throughout but bizarrely didn't play anything
off dark side of the spoon. The set list was set to pound the audience,
all the heavy riffing songs which was good but
including 'Lay Lady Lay' or 'Filth Pig' would have balanced the set a
lot better.
    Nothing was said whilst onstage, the band no attention to the
audience but seemed focused on the music.
The endings of 'Lava' and 'Crumbs' were extended which wasn't
particulary smart since their time was limited
but hey, they can do what they want. The highlight for me was 'Just One
Fix' which sounded killer and got the
most people moshing wildly to. Ministry left to a big round of applause,
Paul was last to leave the stage,
shouting, which was hard to tell whether it was in anger or enthusiasm.

Set list

Reload
Crumbs
Psalm 69
Lava
N.W.O
Just One Fix
Hero
Thieves


A review from a concert at the Astoria, London, from Brad Martens.

What a show in the Astoria  I took 4 beginners to
Ministry and one guy who had never even seen a concert
before and rocked their world the mixer needs some
work but overall the show rocked

Bad Blood
Reload
Filth Pig
Lava
Crumbs
NWO
Just One Fix
Hero
Jesus Built My Hotrod
Psalm 69
Thieves
So What
The Missing/Diety
Supernaut

that was the set list that i remember the crowd went
wild for supernaut at the end (really for the whole
show) definitely has made my trip to england a
worthwhile event will be interested to see if the big
day out show will even compare      


Another one..

Ministry.  June 19, 1999.  Vic Theatre.  Chicago, IL.      I don't know if I 
remeber the whole setlist but they did play the following songs:    (opening) 
 Supermanic Soul.  Reload.  Crumbs.  Psalm 69 (different version)  Filth Pig. 
 N.W.O..  So What.  Thieves.  Whip and Chain (guest vocals by some hot chick) 
 (encore)  Jesus Built My Hotrod.  They didn't talk to the crowd at all.  In 
fact, it looked like Al Jourgensen didn't even want to be there.  For some of 
the songs, lyrics were taped to the stage for Al to refer to.  Hmm.  
Nonetheless, they fucking rocked.  


From Olivia Savannah Vondra:

I went to the Ministry concert on June 17th in Grand Rapids, MI.  My 
experience was similar to that of the other reviews posted: short set, 
extremely loud, and few words were spoken to the audience.  Most of the time 
Al read the lyrics posted on the floor in front of him, and he seemed to not 
care about putting any feeling into his songs (as in anger, etc.).  Their 
set was too damn short: about 12 songs--much shorter than other concerts 
I've been to.  I was disappointed because the band just seemed to have the 
attitude that they were just going through the motions, as though it was 
just another day in the work force.  I wanted them to put the same feeling 
into their music that created it in the first place!  But, despite all that, 
it was still the best concert I've ever been to, because Ministry is 
practically my religion...and they played "Filthpig", which topped it off!
			
 


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