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Formed: 1981
From: El Paso, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

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Ministry Write Song For Fans of Chicago Blackhawks

The resurging Chicago Blackhawks Hockey team has no bigger fan than Al Jourgensen, the "Mayor of Chicago's Underground," the godfather of the industrial music scene, and founder and lead singer of the legendary rock band Ministry. As the 2007/2008 Blackhawks team makes its push for the 2008 playoffs, its fans now have another great sports anthem, courtesy of Al and his co-conspirators in Ministry. "Keys To The City," a rock anthem sure to inspire Blackhawks fans worldwide, will debut on March 5, 2008. As part of the debut, 200 lucky fans of Ministry and the Blackhawks will win tickets to see the March 5 game.

Born in Cuba and having immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two, Jourgensen was raised in Colorado and Chicago, settling in the Windy City in the late 1970s. As a youth, Al would attend Chicago Blackhawks Hockey games watching from the upper balcony at the old Chicago Stadium. After founding the industrial metal rock band in 1980, and as the band gained popularity, Al graduated to season tickets in the main bowl. Living now in El Paso, TX, Al still gets back to Chicago from time to time to watch his beloved Blackhawks and is a worldwide evangelist for the team, often sporting his Blackhawks jersey on tour.

Last fall, as the buzz began to build around the new, young Blackhawks team, Jourgensen decided he wanted to add to the momentum. In his studios rehearsing for their farewell tour, Al picked up on a guitar riff that hadn't made his final album and started building what would become "Keys to the City," a sports rock anthem that he presented as a gift to the Wirtz family and the Chicago Blackhawks in December of 2007. The Blackhawks have since embraced the song as a great opportunity to reach out to a new generation of Blackhawks fans; a worthy companion to the team's official theme song, "Here Come The Hawks."

"The Chicago Blackhawks RULE!" said Al Jourgensen. "I am honored to be a part of the history and legend of one of hockey's Original Six. I hope 'Keys to The City' inspires some awesome fights on the ice."

Although containing trademark intensity and guitar riffs, "Keys to the City" is less a traditional Ministry song, but more a classic sports anthem in structure. Built around a drum/bass line that recalls Garry Glitter's "Rock n' Roll Pt 2," the song is a rallying cry for Blackhawk fans. Name checking the past Hawk greats like Hull, Mikita, Esposito and Savard, the song celebrates the resurgence of the Blackhawks and the quest to bring home the Stanley Cup to Chicago. It is already popular among the young Blackhawks players upon which the team is building its future championships.

Al Jourgensen will travel to Chicago for the March 5 debut of the song. After a day of media interviews supporting the song and Ministry's farewell tour, which comes to Chicago's House of Blues in early May, Jourgensen and his wife will be the guest of the Blackhawks at the game that night and will participate in game festivities. As part of the day's promotions, 200 fans of Ministry and the Blackhawks will get free tickets to the televised March 5 home game against the Anaheim Ducks. Details on how to win the tickets will be posted at ChicagoBlackhawks.com. "Keys to the City" will be available for download via iTunes, and as a link from ChicagoBlackhawks.com, starting March 5. Proceeds from the song will benefit the Blackhawks charities. To purchase tickets to the March 5 Blackhawks game, visit ChicagoBlackhawks.com.

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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Ministry Schedule U.K. Tour Dates

According to Metal Hammer, MINISTRY will play the following UK dates in May/June:

May 27 - London Kentish Town Forum
May 28 - Norwich Waterfont
May 29 - Manchester Academy
May 30 - Glasgow Academy
Jun. 01 - Bristol Academy
Jun. 02 - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall

The valedictory line-up will include PRONG frontman Tommy Victor on guitar, alongside fellow guitarist Sin Quirin, as well as PRONG drummer Aaron Rossi, while various guest musicians will also be appearing.

There will, however, be one noticeable absence on the tour, that of long-term MINISTRY collaborator and former KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven, who passed away unexpectedly in October last year. "Dude," sighs mainman Al Jourgensen, "we were just going over some of the last tours and some of the concert footage, and I just tried to block it out of my mind. That fucking pirate dude. The thing I keep waiting for is he's such a lazy pothead, that fuck, is that he's not even dead, he's just so stoned he doesn't know he's alive, and he's too lazy to get up and get a fucking job."

Fans are no doubt hoping that MINISTRY will follow in the footsteps of costumed rockers KISS, and eventually go back on their word, but Al is adamant that such cliches are not for him.

"It isn't just KISS, it's everyone! No, dude. I'm going away. I'm a fucking recluse. I'd be happy moving to a trailer park in New Mexico as opposed to 'I really miss it I'm going broke'."

Not that Al will be putting his feet up after the tour. A new REVOLTING COCKS record has just been completed, as has an entire score and soundtrack for a lesbian vampire horror movie called "Wicked Lake", with the soundtrack featuring OBITUARY, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY and PRONG, among others. There's also the not insignificant matter of MINISTRY's imminent, final-ever release, the covers album "Cover Up".

"Just to hear Tommy Victor do 'Space Truckin' [DEEP PURPLE] is worth the price of admission alone," says Al, "because he does all those high falsettos. 'It's A Wonderful World' came out great. Burton C. Bell [FEAR FACTORY] sings on 'Under My Thumb'. It's insane. We played 'Just Got Paid' to [ZZ TOP's] Billy Gibbons and he was like, 'This is waaayyy better than our version!' He's in love with it. We're getting approval from the whole council of elders. They're all like, 'Dude, this is amazing!'"

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.

Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.

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Korpiklaani Added To Metal Camp 2008

Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.

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Meshuggah Confirm More Ministry Support Dates

Swedish extremists MESHUGGAH have confirmed more live dates with MINISTRY - their itinerary is as follows:

March
25 - Big Easy Concert Hall - Spokane, Washington
26 - Whiskey Nightclub - Calgary, AB - CANADA
27 - Croatian Cultural Center - Vancouver, BC - CANADA
28 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC - CANADA
29 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, Washington
30 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, Oregon

April
1 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, California
2 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, California
5 - House of Blues - Hollywood, California
6 - House of Blues - Hollywood, California
7 - House of Blues - San Diego, California
8 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, Arizona
9 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, Nevada
11 - The Great Saltair - Magna (Salt Lake City), Utah
12 - Ogden Theater - Denver, Colorado
14 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, New Mexico
15 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, Texas
16 - Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, Oklahoma
17 - The Palladium - Dallas, Texas
18 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, Texas
19 - House of Blues - New Orleans, Louisiana
21 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
22 - House of Blues Lake - Buena Vista, Florida
23 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, Florida
24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, North Carolina
25 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, Maryland
27 - The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
29 - Fillmore (Theatre of Living Arts) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May
1 - Fillmore (Irving Plaza) - New York, New York
2 - Fillmore (Irving Plaza) - New York, New York
3 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
4 - Koolhaus - Toronto, ON - CANADA
6 - The Agora Theater - Cleveland, Ohio
7 - Emerald Theater - Detroit, Michigan
8 - House of Blues - Chicago, Illinois
9 - House of Blues - Chicago, Illinois

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2008

According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
COMEBACK KID
DEATHSTARS
DEF LEPPARD
FORBIDDEN
HOLLENTHON
IRON MAIDEN
JUDAS PRIEST
MADBALL
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
OBITUARY
SAXON
SONATA ARCTICA
VOLBEAT
WHITESNAKE

OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.

"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".

Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor

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WFAHM, Fall of Serenity To Play With Full Force

WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH and FALL OF SERENITY are confirmed to play the this year 15th edition of WITH FULL FORCE festival to be held on the 4th to 7th of July, 2008.

Other bands confirmed so far are IN FLAMES, MINISTRY, PRIMORDIAL, CONVERGE, MAYHEM, THE RED CHORD, DARK FUNERAL, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, VOLBEAT and many more. You can find more info at www.withfullforce.de.

FALL OF SERENITY will also hit the European roads this February together with the almighty DISMEMBER and HATESPHERE.

Here are the latest FALL OF SERENITY tour dates: More...

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More Bands Added To With Full Force Festival

IN FLAMES, MINISTRY, MAYHEM, STUCK MOJO and DARK FUNERAL are among the confirmed bands for the With Full Force festival, set to take place July 4-6, 2008 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

1349
7 SECONDS
A.O.K.
BELPHEGOR
BORN FROM PAIN
BROILERS
BRUTAL TRUTH
CATARACT
CONVERGE
DARK FUNERAL
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DISCIPLINE
DRONE
ENEMY OF THE SUN
ENSIFERUM
FALL OF SERENITY
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
IN FLAMES
J.B.O.
JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE
MAD SIN
MAMBO KURT
MAYHEM
MINISTRY
MISERY SPEAKS
PRIMORDIAL
PSYCHOPUNCH
SHE MALE TROUBLE
SLAPSHOT
STUCK MOJO
SUBWAY TO SALLY
THE DESTINY PROGRAM
THE RED CHORD
THE TURBO AC'S
VOLBEAT
WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH

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Ministry's Jourgensen Pens Impeachment Themed Poem

Ministry mainman Al 'Alien' Jourgensen has penned a special Christmas poem entitled "T'was The Night Before Impeachment," which reads as follows:

T'was 2007 and all through the year
Not a creature was buying this climate of fear
The stockings were hung in a foreclosure scare
In hopes that the Banks would forget we were there!
The soldiers were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of extended tours messed with their heads
And Dick and Lynn Cheney with shotguns in lap
Had just pardoned Scooter for shutting his yap
When down at the White House there arose such a clatter
I sprang out the door to see what was the matter!
Away to the protest I flew like a flash
I marched for a while and got tazed in the clash
Then soon I was arrested – for what I don't know
But the ACLU said that “This just won't go!”
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature Cheney and eight dead reindeer
With his pacemaker pumping, so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Dick!
Faster than subpoenas, his minions they came
He waterboarded and tortured and called them by name:
“Now Halliburton! Now Exxon! Now Conoco! Now Shell!
On Blackwater! On Bechtel! – Let's all go to Hell!”
To the top of the West Wing, to the top of The Wall
"Now stash away! Stash away! Stash way All!"
As voters are wondering why their vote doesn't fly
Here comes Karl Rove and he'll tell you why
So up to the White House the CEOs flew
With a sleighful of cash and Dick Cheney too!
And then, in a twinkling I heard on the roof
Was the hemming and hawing of the ultimate Goof (heh heh heh heh)
I raised just one finger and jumped all around
Coz there on the roof Ol "Dubya" came round
He was dressed all in fur that Cheney had killed
He looked rather dapper on the taxpayers' bill
A bundle of cash he had flung on his back
Looked happy as Cheney right before an attack
His eyes — how they twinkled, but his manners were weary
Coz Alberto Gonzales has so much to bury!
His droll little mouth was drawn up in a sneer
Like all of those press conferences he holds so dear
The stump of a crack pipe he held in his teeth
He said: "Laura, I'm sorry! I've relapsed — I'm weak!"
And his friend had a Wide Stance and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed in a toilet so smelly
Dim-witted and dumb a right jolly old elf
And I laughed when I saw him, giving way my own stealth
A wink of his eye and a snap of his finger
Soon gave me to know I shouldn't loiter or linger
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
Put the cash in his stockings, then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose
Thumbs up! And a nod for the coke that he chose
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle
"And away to Iran like a nuclear missile!'
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight:
"Happy Christmas to no one — Impeachment's not right!"

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Ministry Frontman Writes Christmas Poem

MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen has penned an instant Christmas classic entitled "'T'was The Night Before Impeachment". It appears below...Merry Christmas:

"'T'was 2007 and all through the year
Not a creature was buying this climate of fear
The stockings were hung in a foreclosure scare
In hopes that the Banks would forget we were there!

The soldiers were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of extended tours messed with their heads
And Dick and Lynn Cheney with shotguns in lap
Had just pardoned Scooter for shutting his yap

When down at the White House there arose such a clatter
I sprang out the door to see what was the matter!
Away to the protest I flew like a flash
I marched for a while and got tazed in the clash

Then soon I was arrested – for what I don't know
But the ACLU said that “This just won't go!”
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature Cheney and eight dead reindeer

With his pacemaker pumping, so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Dick!
Faster than subpoenas, his minions they came
He waterboarded and tortured and called them by name:

'Now Halliburton! Now Exxon! Now Conoco! Now Shell!
On Blackwater! On Bechtel! – Let's all go to Hell!
To the top of the West Wing, to the top of The Wall
Now stash away! Stash away! Stash way All!'

As voters are wondering why their vote doesn't fly
Here comes Karl Rove and he'll tell you why
So up to the White House the CEOs flew
With a sleighful of cash and Dick Cheney too!

And then, in a twinkling I heard on the roof
Was the hemming and hawing of the ultimate Goof (heh heh heh heh)
I raised just one finger and jumped all around
Coz there on the roof Ol "Dubya" came round

He was dressed all in fur that Cheney had killed
He looked rather dapper on the taxpayers' bill
A bundle of cash he had flung on his back
Looked happy as Cheney right before an attack

His eyes — how they twinkled, but his manners were weary
Coz Alberto Gonzales has so much to bury!
His droll little mouth was drawn up in a sneer
Like all of those press conferences he holds so dear

The stump of a crack pipe he held in his teeth
He said: 'Laura, I'm sorry! I've relapsed — I'm weak!'
And his friend had a Wide Stance and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed in a toilet so smelly

Dim-witted and dumb a right jolly old elf
And I laughed when I saw him, giving way my own stealth
A wink of his eye and a snap of his finger
Soon gave me to know I shouldn't loiter or linger

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
Put the cash in his stockings, then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose
Thumbs up! And a nod for the coke that he chose

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle
And away to Iran like a nuclear missile!
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight:
'Happy Christmas to no one — Impeachment's not right!'"

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First Acts For Graspop 2008 Announced

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The first acts for the festival have been confirmed as follows: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID.

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Ministry Update Tour Itinerary

MINISTRY, who will tour the world one final time, have announced two additional West Coast dates on their North American leg of their C U LaTouR. The tour is set to feature Ministry founder Al Jourgensen being joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (PRONG) and Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, FALSE ICONS), and
drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, ALICE COOPER). STATIC X's Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass on behalf of the recently departed Ministry/KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven. Joining the Ministry clan as special featured artist will be FEAR FACTORY/ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS vocalist Burton C. Bell. Main support is Swedish experimental metal Meshuggah and opening act is the US-based Hemlock.

The updated tour itinerary is as follows:

March
25 - Big East - Spokane, WA
26 - The Whiskey - Calgary, AB
28 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
29 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
30 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR

April
1 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
2 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
5 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
6 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
7 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
8 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
9 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
11 - The Great Salt Air - Salt Lake City, UT
12 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
15 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
17 - Palladium - Dallas, TX
18 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, TX
19 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
22 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
23 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
25 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
27 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
29 - Fillmore at the TLA - Philadelphia, PA

May
1 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
3 - Metropolis, Montreal - QC
4 - Koolhaus - Toronto, ON
6 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
7 - Emerald Theatre - Detroit, MI
8 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.

Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.

More details to follow.

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Ministry Add More Dates To Final Tour

MINISTRY, who will tour the world one final time, announce that four more dates have been added to the North American leg of their C U LaTouR.

C U LaTouR will now kick off on March 26th in Calgary, Alberta, and then play Vancouver - which is just about sold out - on March 28th as previously announced. Also added to the C U LaTouR itinerary are concerts in Albuquerque, Ft. Lauderdale, and, with tickets for the May 8th concert in Chicago already sold out, a second Chicago show has been confirmed for May 9th.

The limited engagement 34-date C U LaTouR comes on the heels of Ministry's final studio release, The Last Sucker, which was released on September 18th. The North American leg will run through mid-May and will feature special guests Meshuggah and opening act HEMLOCK. Ministry then heads off to play the principal European festivals as well as choice club dates beginning late May stretching through to July - those dates will be announced shortly.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the second Chicago date (May 9th) will be on sale beginning today through December 19th through Music Today - http://www.ministry.tickets.musictoday.com/Ministry/calendar.aspx

Exclusive Special Limited Access VIP tickets will also be available for purchase via the pre-sale, offering advance doors, seating, meet & greets and souvenir 13th Planet gift bags. Special ticketing for C U LaTouR shows are available at Enter The Vault - www.enterthevault.com

The C U LaTouR touring line-up features Ministry's founder Al Jourgensen being joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (PRONG) and Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, AAOTW, FALSE ICONS), and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, ALICE COOPER).

STATIC X's Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass on behalf of the recently departed MINISTRY/KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven. Joining the Ministry clan as special featured artist will be FEAR FACTORY/ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS vocalist Burton C. Bell. Main support is Swedish experimental metal MESHUGGAH and opening act is the US-based Hemlock.

To coincide with C U LaTouR, Jourgensen's indie imprint is scheduled to release Ministry & Co-Conspirators Cover Up, a 12-track covers release featuring artists from the 13th Planet Records family, as well as other special guests. Cover Up is scheduled for a late March/early April 2008 release.

For its spectacular two-and-a-half-hour C U LaTouR set, Ministry will perform tracks from The Last Sucker as well as songs that revisit the band's rich and provocative 30-year musical history. Archival Ministry videos plus other visual elements of alchemy, Christianity, politics and other topics aligned with Ministry will be incorporated into a special video presentation, produced by Wicked Lake director Zach Passero (with whom Jourgensen is collaborating on the soundtrack for the feature film) that will change night to night. And, as is expected from a Ministry show, you just never know what surprise guests will jump on stage for a song or two.

"A Ministry tour is a traveling circus," states Jourgensen. "When we roll into town, everyone hides their daughters, but the freaks roll out the red carpet and a friend or two pops up on stage to add some spice and mayhem to the show. We never know who's gonna walk through the dressing room door at sound check. We rehearse a bunch of 'extra' songs just in case so-and-so shows up..."

Confirmed dates for Ministry's 2008 C U LaTouR are as follows:

March
26 - The Whiskey - Calgary, AB
28 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
29 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
30 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR

April
1 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
2 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
5 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
6 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
7 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
8 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
9 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
11 - The Great Salt Air - Salt Lake City, UT
12 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
13 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
15 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
17 - Palladium - Dallas, TX
18 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, TX
19 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
21 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
22 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
23 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
25 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
27 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
29 - Fillmore at the TLA - Philadelphia, PA

May
1 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
3 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
4 - Koolhaus - Toronto, ON
6 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
7 - Emerald Theatre - Detroit, MI
8 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
9 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Bands Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, CARCASS and AT THE GATES are among the bands that have been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

JUDAS PRIEST (UK) (Headliner)
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (US)
SAXON (UK)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (UK)
TESLA (US)
AT THE GATES (S)
DERRINGER BAND (US)
HAVANA BLACK (FIN)
THE BLUES BAND (UK)
MINISTRY (US)
CARCASS (UK)
COHEED & CAMBRIA (US)
HENSLEY/LAWTON & LIVE FIRE (UK)
DARE (UK)
ULI JON ROTH (S)
SHAKIN' STREET (FR)
GOTTHARD (CH)
MUSTASCH (S)
SABATON (S)
BONAFIDE (S)
LIZZY BORDEN (US)
AXEWITCH (S)
ASTRAL DOORS (S)
AVATAR (S)
VOLBEAT (DK)
NEGATIVE (FIN)

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Ministry and Meshuggah Release Tour Dates

More dates have been announced for MINISTRY’s farewell “C U LaTouR” tour with MESHUGGAH and HEMLOCK:

March 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 29 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
March 30 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
April 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
April 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
April 7 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 8 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 9 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
April 12 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 15 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
April 17 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium
April 18 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
April 19 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 22 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
April 23 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
April 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
April 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 26 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 27 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore Theatre
May 1 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 2 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 3 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
May 4 - Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
May 7 - Detroit, MI @ Emerald Theatre
May 8 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

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Ministry, Behemoth And Others On Metalcamp Fest

MINISTRY, BEHEMOTH, RAGE and KATAKLYSM are among the newly confirmed bands for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

CELTIC FROST
MINISTRY
BEHEMOTH
RAGE
KATAKLYSM
WINTERSUN
TANKARD
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
BRAINSTORM
SKYFORGER
CATAMENIA
DARK FORTRESS
PERSIHING MANKIND

For more information, visit www.metalcamp.com.

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