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Formed: 1997
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active


Risen from the ashes of a dwindling fire that once screamed rock n’ roll, Fireball Ministry will preach the Word of Rock to all who dare listen. With a heavy dose of fuzzy riffs, smooth vocals, and more hooks than a bait shop, this “First Church of Rock n’ Roll” is the only religion you’ll ever need...

Latest Fireball Ministry News

Below is our complete Fireball Ministry news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Motorhead Reveals Second Motorboat Cruise

Motörhead's Motörboat will embark on its second voyage September 28th through October 2nd, 2015 on Norwegian Sky, departing Port Miami with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas.

The "Loudest Boat In The World" will feature performances from Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, Motor Sister, Kyng, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, and more.

Staterooms go on sale Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM ET at this location. Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister: "And so the Motörboat sets sail one more time - better get your tickets now, or be left sobbing on the dock! Oh - and we promise not to run out of beer this time!"

Slayer’s Kerry King adds, “Slayer is crashing the Motörboat party!! I, personally, will be keeping the bar in business. Hell will be coming with us. Light it up!!!” More...

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Powered Wig Machine Hosting Borderland Fiesta

The Southern Arizona stoner rock specialists from Powered Wig Machine will reintroduce their sophomore album, "Supa-Collider," to the public in a deluxe vinyl edition via Battleground Records on February 21st just as the band performs at the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta, an event booked by the members of the band themselves.

Brothers Joey and Wayne Rudell of Powered Wig Machine have produced and organized the inaugural edition of the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta, which is set to take over The Rock in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, February 21st.

The festival includes a plethora of quality acts from across the spectrum of heavy rock, stoner rock, doom, psych, and fuzz. In addition to headliners Fireball Ministry, Wo Fat, Mos Generator and Powered Wig Machine, sets form Goatroper, Skulldron, Asimov, Yeti Ender, Mad Alchemy, Liquid Light Show, Conqueror Worm, Methra and more are confirmed to perform at the all-day event. More...

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The Borderland Fuzz Fiesta Lineup Announced

The desert city of Tucson, AZ is host to a wide array of annual events in the musical realm and this coming February will see the addition of a still another: The Borderland Fuzz Fiesta.

Conceived and curated by the Rudell brothers of regional desert rockers Powered Wig Machine and Fuzz Evil, the inaugural show will take place on February 21st at The Rock. The lineup will be as follows:

Fireball Ministry
Wo Fat
Mos Generator
Powered Wig Machine
Yeti Ender
Conqueror Worm
Methra More...

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Testament Added To Motorboat Lineup

The first annual Motörhead Motörboat has announced additions to the band lineup for the September 22nd - 26th, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.

Testament, Down (featuring Philip Anselmo), High On Fire, and Kill Devil Hill (featuring Rex Brown) will join Megadeth, Motörhead, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson on “The Loudest Boat In The World.”

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

Tickets for Motörhead’s Motörboat are on sale now at this location. The Carnival Ecstasy, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, features a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area, multiple dining options (including a 24-hour pizzeria), 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, a jogging track, as well as 12 lounges, bars, and nightspots.

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Motörhead Announces Motörboat Cruise

Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax will perform at the first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise on board the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22nd - 26th, 2014.

In addition to these three giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises, with more bands to be announced soon.

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While on board, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

Tickets for Motörhead’s Motörboat go on sale Tuesday, March 18th at Noon ET. The event website will launch later this week with full details and cabin pricing.

Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister proclaims: "This will be everything you've come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping! If you thought waves could rock a boat, you've got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!" More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Reveals New Album Details

Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founding members Igor and Max Cavalera, as well as Soulfly guitarist Marc Rizzo and Fireball Ministry's, Johnny Chow, announced today that they will release their second album, "Blunt Force Trauma" in March of next year. This will be the follow up to the band's debut album, "Inflikted," which hit the shelves in 2008 and will feature a guest performance from Roger Miret, frontman of the legendary hardcore band, Agnostic Front.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Lynch Mob" featuring Roger Miret
"Killing Inside"
"I Speak Hate"
"Genghis Khan"
"Burn Waco"
"Blunt Force Trauma"

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Soulfly Parts Ways With Bass Player

Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, has announced that they have parted ways with bass player Bobby Burns, who is also a member of the band Primer 55. The split is reported to be amicable with no hard feelings on either side. In the meantime, Fireball Ministry member and Cavalera Conspiracy bassist Johnny Chow will be filling in on bass.

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Doom In June Festival Announced For Las Vegas

Salem Rose Music Presents has teamed up with Vegas Star Bookings to bring a different kind of music festival to Las Vegas. "Doom in June" Fest, which will be held Saturday, June 5th at The Cheyenne Saloon (3103 N. Rancho Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89130), is intended to be an annual event every June that will kick off the summer with some of the best names in Doom and Stoner Rock Music. The musical styles are held near and dear to those dedicated to the cause and Marco Barbieri, owner of Salem Rose Music, is a longtime fan and supporter of the underground music scene and wanted to put his own spin on things.

“With only a handful of Doom and Stoner Rock fests around the world we've decided to support these genres by throwing our own party to be held every year in June in Las Vegas. June 5th marks the inaugural 'Doom in June' Fest and we're preparing for a special day showcasing some of the finest emerging bands in the styles.”

15 out-of-town bands will be coming to Las Vegas to perform including Fireball Ministry, Black Cobra, Slough Feg, The Gates of Slumber, Radio Moscow, Sasquatch, House of Broken Promises, Ride the Sun, Supergiant, Behold! The Monolith, Green & Wood, Aranya, Salvador, Lead Burns Red and Dirt Communion. The event starts at 2pm and goes for 12 hours. Advance tickets are available now for $20 from brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, check out the fest's MySpace page or email salemrosemusic@aol.com.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Bassist Sits Out Tour

Cavalera Conspiracy bassist Joe Duplantier will be unable to participate in the "Infliktour" this summer as the tour clashes with recording sessions of his main band Gojira. In his place will be Johnny Chow of Fireball Ministry.

Check out Cavalera Conspiracy live at the following dates: More...

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Fireball Ministry Member Offers Guitar Tips

FPE-TV has posted a 40-second clip of FIREBALL MINISTRY frontman Rev. James A. Rota II offering tips on guitar tone. Watch the video at http://one.revver.com/watch/320279/flv

FIREBALL MINISTRY's 2005 release, "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock", featured the single "Sundown", which received regular airplay on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" and was performed live on NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly". The band is currently writing material for the follow-up effort, which is "coming along great," according to Rota. "It's going to be a bit different than our last three. We've definately decided to take the band to some new territory, but it's definitely FIREBALL MINISTRY."

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Fireball Ministry Begin Writing New Album

FIREBALL MINISTRY frontman Rev. James A. Rota II has issued the following update:

"First and foremost, we are in the stages of writing a new album. It's coming along great. It's going to be a bit different than our last three. We've definately decided to take the band to some new territory, but it's definately FIREBALL MINISTRY. Emily, Johny, John and I are holed up here writing and fighting our way through this material. Might even see some of it surface at the show we just booked with our old friends FU MANCHU at the Malibu Inn on June 23rd. If you happen to be in Malibu, CA that night come on out.

"I've also been working on an as-yet-untitled side project with Neil Fallon [CLUTCH], Jess Margera [CKY], Dave Bone and Jason Diamond. We recorded four songs that are waiting to get the Neil treatment and are planning to release an EP sometime this summer. Andrew Alekel, producer extraordinaire, has been at the knobs for this one. Andrew is the kind of guy that says, 'You know what would sound sick on this song, that Martin Birch guitar sound from 'British Steel'.' Next thing you know it's dialed in, minus the playing of K.K. and Glenn, of course. Check out some pics of us rehearsing and one of us boozing after the jump (minus Jason, sadly)."

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CKY Drummer Reveals Side Projects

MTV.com reports that CKY drummer Jess Margera has revealed he's been keeping busy working on various side projects and lending his talents to other bands' work. He recorded all the drum tracks on Viking Skull's upcoming Chapter II LP and has formed a band called Partners in Crime with CKY guitarist Chad Ginsburg and Guy Heller of Moistboyz.

But the band he's most excited about — after CKY, that is — hasn't even been assigned a name yet. It features Fireball Ministry's Jim Rota and Clutch main man Neil Fallon.

"I was on a flight back from Germany, and I was looking at my iPod, and I looked at my top 10 list or whatever, and it was just like Clutch, Puny Human, Fireball Ministry, Led Zeppelin," he said. "So I called everybody but Led Zeppelin, for obvious reasons, because I was recording in my home studio. I just invited them all up to my house, and we worked on two or three songs. That turned into five songs, then eight, 10, and now we have 12 songs."

Margera said the Fallon-fronted act sounds like equal parts CKY, Clutch and Fireball Ministry, and had its first practice last month, following his pro-skateboarder brother Bam Margera's wedding to Melissa Rothstein. While the group does intend to release an album, he's not sure when that will be, given that the bands' hectic schedules will make tracking the LP difficult.

"It's like my supergroup, man," he enthused. "It's just cool as hell, and I'm psyched about it."

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Watch Fireball Ministry Perform "Choker" Online

There is a new live performance video of Fireball Ministry playing their track “Choker” available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at Mohawk Place in Buffalo NY during the Triple Threat Tour with Artimus Pyldriver and Vains Of Jenna ealier this year.

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Watch Fireball Ministry Perform "Spill The Demons"

There is a new live video of Fireball Ministry performing the track “Spill The Demons” from their release entitled “Their Rock Is Not Our Rock” available for viewing online. The footage was taken at Mohawk Place in Buffalo NY during the Triple Threat Tour.

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Watch Live Fireball Ministry Footage Online

There is a new live video of Fireball Ministry available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken in Buffalo NY at Mohawk Place during the band’s Triple Threat Tour with Artimus Pyledriver (live footage coming soon to UVTV) and Vains Of Jenna.

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Underground Video Television Covers Stoner Rock

This week’s episode of Underground Video Television (UVTV) is a Special Stoner Rock Edition hosted by Bobby Black, columnist at High Times magazine and host of Sirius Radio Hard Attack channel’s “Contact High”. The show features music videos of Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity, Fu Manchu, Turbonegro, & Monster Magnet as well as some live videos of Mastodon and Bobby’s close friends Type O Negative. Also on the show is a brand new live video of Fireball Ministry playing their track “It Flies Again” that was filmed recently in Buffalo NY. You can view the show online or by subscribing to the UVTV podcast on i-Tunes.

Bobby Black’s show “Contact High” on Sirius Hard Attack Channel 27 airs Thursdays 9pm-10pm ET and features the sludgiest, most psychedelic and potent stoner rock ever. Find out more information about Bobby Black at his MySpace page.

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Watch Fireball Ministry's "The Broken" Video

Fireball Ministry are out with the video to their new single 'The Broken', from the album 'Their Rock Is Not Our Rock'. You can watch it on YouTube.com or below.

As previously reported, Fireball Ministry will be heading out on a U.S. fall tour shortly with ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER and VAINS OF JENNA.

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Fireball Ministry Release Fall Tour Dates

FIREBALL MINISTRY have announced the following U.S. fall tour dates with ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER and VAINS OF JENNA:

October 13 - Aurora, CO @ Hubba's
October 14 - Lincoln, NE @ The Chatterbox
October 17 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
October 19 - Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room
October 20 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
October 21 - Roseville, MI @ The Ritz
October 22 - Cleveland, OH @ Pirates Cove
October 24 - Harrisburg, PA @ Dragonfly
October 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
October 26 - West Chester, PA @ Rex's Tavern
October 27 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
October 28 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 31 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 1 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan's
November 2 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
November 3 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
November 4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
November 5 - Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
November 6 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
November 7 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
November 9 - Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
November 10 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
November 11 - San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
November 12 - Austin, TX @ Redrum
November 14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
November 16 - Tempe, AZ @ Big Fish Sports Pub
November 17 - Tucson, AZ @ Plush
November 18 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
November 19 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
November 20 - Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome

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Fireball Ministry Frontman To "Marry" Bam Margera

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports that when skateboard star and MTV personality Bam Margera marries his fiancee Missy Rothstein this winter, the ceremony will be conducted by FIREBALL MINISTRY front man James A. Rota. An ordained minister, Rota is a longtime friend of Margera; his band was hand-picked by Margera to appear on his "Viva La Bands" compilation last year, as well as a corresponding tour. On Margera's Sirius Satellite Radio program, Radio Bam, last week, Rothstein said that the wedding will take place on a Du Pont estate in Delaware before at least 500 guests.

FIREBALL MINISTRY -- who in recent months have toured alongside such heavyweights of rock and metal as Disturbed, H.I.M., Opeth, Nevermore, Clutch and CKY -- will return to the road this weekend in support of Alice Cooper.

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Fireball Ministry To Support Alice Cooper

As the touring cycle for the critically acclaimed "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock" soldiers on, L.A. rock warriors FIREBALL MINISTRY — who in recent months have toured alongside such heavyweights of rock and metal as DISTURBED, H.I.M., OPETH, NEVERMORE, CLUTCH and CKY, in addition to a one-off performance with JUDAS PRIEST — will soon return to the road, this time in support of ALICE COOPER.

"ALICE COOPER is one of the main reasons this band exists," says FIREBALL MINISTRY vocalist/lead guitarist James A. Rota. "It is an honor for us to be opening these shows. DIO, PRIEST and now ALICE. We are one very lucky band to say the least."


Aug. 12 - Great Salt Air - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 13 - House of Blues Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV

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