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Below is our complete Prong 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.
MINISTRY mastermind and industrial metal pioneer Al Jourgensen has revealed the band's lineup for its final tour, which is expected to kick off early next year. It is as follows:
Al Jourgensen - Vocals
Jimmy DeGrasso (MEGADETH, Y&T, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Drums
David Ellefson (MEGADETH, F5, TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY) - Bass
Tommy Victor (PRONG) - Guitar
Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS) - Guitar
John Bechdel (FEAR FACTORY, KILLING JOKE) - Keyboards
In a recent interview with Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Jourgensen said, "We're tourng pretty extensively – we're doing like the CHER farewell tour. [Laughs] It's gonna be, like, 20 weeks of mayhem around the world, and then we're done."
After 27 years, 11 studio albums, four Grammy nominations, and plenty of pain, MINISTRY will release its final album, "The Last Sucker", on September 18. This will give Jourgensen plenty of time to devote himself to expanding his borderland compound, 13th Planet Records.
"I've got a lot of side-projects and new projects I want to focus on," explained Jourgensen. "We have our our own label, 13th Planet Records, we're building, and I want to sign, produce and collaborate with other artists. Being in the studio writing, recording and collaborating is my favorite part of this snake-oil industry. I'd rather be behind the console than behind the mic. Plus, I kinda like the synchronicity of Dubya and MINISTRY riding off into the sunset hand in hand."
"The Last Sucker" is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical trilogy aimed at exposing the foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush administration. The CD, which follows 2004's "Houses of the Molé" and last year's "Rio Grande Blood", is the final nail in the Dubya coffin. The album was produced and recorded by Jourgensen himself at his 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX, with musicians Thomas Victor (PRONG) on guitars, Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG) on bass and guitarist Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS). In addition, Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY) makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash", as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" parts One and Two.
"The Last Sucker" track listing:
01. Let's Go
02. Watch Yourself
03. Life Is Good
04. The Dick Song
05. The Last Sucker
06. No Glory
07. Death & Destruction
08. Roadhouse Blues
09. Die In a Crash
10. End of Days (Pt. 1)
11. End of Days (Pt. 2)
Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:
August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis
The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
Ministry's AL JOURGENSEN has been confirmed to special guest with Cheap Trick when they perform The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" from start to finish in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the landmark album. Jourgensen will join Cheap Trick onstage in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl on August 10 and 11 to perform the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," considered to be one of the most complex songs ever recorded by the Fab Four.
At the specific request of Cheap Trick's Rick Nielson and Robin Zander, the Ministry guitarist/vocalist has re-arranged the song and made it "bent, in the Al Jourgensen way." Ministry/RevCo guitarist Sin Quirin will join Jourgensen and Cheap Trick onstage for the performance.
"'Sgt. Pepper's' is certainly one of the greatest pieces of art ever created, so to be asked to participate in this momentous occasion is a great honor," commented Jourgensen.
Jourgensen will see Ministry's final studio album, "The Last Sucker," released on September 18 (13th Planet/Megaforce). The album is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical CD trilogy aimed at exposing the plethora of foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush Administration.
"The Last Sucker" was produced and recorded this past Spring by Jourgensen at his 13th Planet compound just outside of El Paso, TX, and sees the return of "Rio Grande Blood" musicians "Thomas Victor (Prong) on guitars, Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong) on bass, with newcomer guitarist Sin Quirin from The Revolting Cocks 2006 touring line-up. Jourgensen and his engineer John "Bixby" Bilberry handled all the drum programming. In addition, Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash," as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" parts One and Two.
Prong has set the tentative track listing for its new album, tentatively due in October via Ministry mainman Al Jourgenson's 13th Planet Records label. The band, whose lineup consists of Tommy Victor (vocals, guitar), Monte Pittman (bass) and Aaron Rossi (drums), recorded the new Cd at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas.
Check out pictures from the recording studio at this location.
Prong's new album is expected to include the following tracks:
02. Messages Inside of Me
03. Spirit Guide
04. Pure Ether
05. Worst of It
06. Idealistic Types
07. Changing Ending Troubling Times
08. No Justice
09. Power of the Damager
10. Looking for Them
11. Can't Stop the Bleeding
12. Third Option
13. Taking Its Toll
14. The Banishment
Victor was recently nominated for a Grammy with Jourgensen for the Ministry track "Lieslieslies" from "Rio Grande Blood", released by the 13th Planet imprint in May 2006. After completing a 56-city U.s. tour and 30-city European tour with Ministry in 2006, the Jourgensen/Victor team immediately set to penning the upcoming Ministry release "The Last Sucker", also scheduled for release in October.
Says Jourgensen: "Tommy's like stepping on a piece of gum. I tried like hell to get rid of him, but he kept coming back...looks like we're stuck together...again."
Prong's last Cd, 2004's "Scorpio Rising", was released after a long hiatus from the rock scene. "i had to do something, no matter what it was," stated Tommy Victor. "Looking back, I don't feel like it was an appropriate release under the Prong moniker. I still feel like the best is yet to come."
Prong will embark on a five-week U.s. tour in October and November, with a follow-up tour of Europe slated for January 2008.
Prong has been confirmed for the Texas Hellfest, set to take place July 22 at The Rockyard in Ft. Worth, Texas.
PRONG have lined up the following North American tour dates for later this year:
June 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
October 15 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
October 21 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
October 23 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
October 24 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
October 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
October 28 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
October 29 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
October 30 - Toronto, ON @ The Funhaus
October 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
November 1 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
November 2 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
November 3 - Cudahy, WI @ Vnuk’s Lounge
November 4 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
November 5 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
November 6 - Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
November 7 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
November 9 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
November 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Former PRONG guitarist Atron (RORSCHACH TEST, TAD) has joined SOCIETY 1 as a temporary replacement for regular axeman Sin, who is currently on tour with REVOLTING COCKS. Atron was asked by SOCIETY 1 to take on touring and recording duties in the vacant guitar slot so they could continue working while Sin is away.
Atron has toured with numerous bands since the mid-Nineties and is no stranger to the rigorous demands of traveling and recording. Atron had this to say: "SOCIETY 1 is a band that takes their work seriously without taking themselves too serious. It's a fuck-load of fun, and I can't wait to take it to the stage!"
In related news, SOCIETY 1 will be featured on the nationally syndicated TV show "Inside Edition", airing on Monday, May 15. The band will be featured in a segment on the significance of the number "666" and the approaching date 06/06/06 (June 6, 2006).
SOCIETY 1's only U.S. performance of the year will take place on June 5 in Los Angeles headlining the "Satan's Rockin' Eve" event. The show will be hosted by radiofreesatan.com, and will feature many great industrial, metal, and punk acts from around the world.
SOCIETY 1 have set "The Years of Spiritual Dissent" as the title for their first release through Crash Music, Inc. The set is a collection of material featured on SOCIETY 1's first two albums — "Slacker Jesus" and "Words as Carriers" — plus two cover songs, a brand new track entitled "This Is The End", and a bonus DVD. A July 25 release is expected. You can see Atron with SOCIETY 1 in their new video "This Is The End."
Old-school thrashers SPEED\KILL/HATE have tapped PRONG bassist Mike Longworth for their upcoming Metal Crusaders Tour, which is scheduled to begin May 26 in Montreal, Quebec. Longworth will be filling in for regular SPEED\KILL/HATE bassist Derek Tailer, who is unable to do the tour due to "personal reasons." Drumming duties on the tour will be handled by former SINDROME skinsman Tony Ochoa, who has now been named a "full-time member" of the group.
In addition to SPEED\KILL/HATE, Metal Crusaders Tour will feature performances by VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE.
SPEED\KILL/HATE recently signed a deal with Escapi Music. The band's debut album, "Acts of Insanity", which is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 6, features current OVERKILL axeman Dave Linsk and Mario Frasca on vocals (of note, OVERKILL drummer Tim Mallare and OVERKILL guitarist Derek Tailer play on the album as well).
"Acts of Insanity" was originally released in Europe in February 2005 via Listenable Records. A video for the song "Face the Pain" was filmed on April 6, 2005 with director Anthony M. Bongiovi of TBJ Entertainment, Inc., who has previously worked with SLAYER ("War at the Warfield" DVD), MARILYN MANSON ("Guns, God & Government" DVD), AC/DC and GODSMACK, among others.
A brand-new PRONG demo track, entitled "Third Option", has been posted online at the group's MySpace.com page. Check it out at www.myspace.com/prong.
PRONG bassist Mike Longworth recently told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the group have abandoned the search for a second guitarist and have chosen to stick with the "traditional" three-piece format. "We've done several shows at the end of 2005 [as a trio] and it's sounding tighter than ever!!!!" Longworth said.
PRONG are currently seeking a new label home while continuing to write material for the follow-up to 2004's "Scorpio Rising" (Locomotive Music), tentatively due before the end of the year.
PRONG's current lineup is as follows:
Tommy Victor - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Longworth - Bass
Aaron Rossi - Drums
Prong have announced that Aaron Rossi will be their new drummer. Promo pictures of him with the band will be up shortly. A new song with Aaron entitled, "Looking for Them", has been posted at the following location, http://www.myspace.com/prong
Prong are also in the writing process of their new album, and are hoping for a late winter/spring release in 2006.
OVERKILL and PRONG will be teaming up for a U.S. tour early next year. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Feb. 16 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
Feb. 17 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
Feb. 18 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Feb. 19 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Feb. 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
Feb. 21 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
Feb. 22 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Feb. 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
Feb. 24 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Feb. 25 - Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
Feb. 26 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
OVERKILL are continuing to tour in support of their "ReliXIV" album, available now on Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records.
According to Blabbermouth.net, Guitarist Tommy Victor has left DANZIG. "Things just didn't work out," the source added. "No replacement has been named."
Victor is currently focusing on writing the follow-up to PRONG's 2004 album "Scorpio Rising", tentatively due next year via Locomotive Music.
Tommy originally joined DANZIG in 1996 prior to the band's tour with OZZY OSBOURNE.
DANZIG have just issued a DVD, "Il Demonio Nera: (The Black Demon)", containing videos, video outtakes, alternative versions and previously unreleased material from DANZIG's "Danzig 4" (2000) and "Danzig 5" (2002) projects.
"Il Demonio Nera" is DANZIG's second DVD collection of vintage videos; "Danzig Archive De La Morte", which features videos from "Danzig 3" and "Thralldemonsweatlive", was released in 2003.
Drummer Dan Laudo has officially left PRONG. His statement on the matter reads as follows:
"After seven years playing drums for PRONG that included two albums, a live DVD and many tours around the world, I am leaving the band to concentrate on other projects. The BIG ON MARS CD for Kooklavu Records is nearing completion. I'm very excited about the future. Thank you to all the PRONG fans for being so cool over the years. You guys are the best. Keep rockin'."
PRONG's "The Vault" will receive its long-awaited U.S. release on June 28 via Locomotive Music.
Released in Europe on March 14 via Locomotive Music, "The Vault" contains three different concerts on two disks (approximately four hours): The entire 2002 show from Amsterdam (Melkweg), featuring the "new lineup" from the "100% Live" tour, 2003's With Full Force show from Germany and the 2003 concert at the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden. Two full-length sample videos from "The Vault" have been posted online at bassist ">Brian Perry's official web site. Check out the tracks "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" and "Close the Door", recorded at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Holand in 2002, at BrianPerry.net.
Here is "The Vault" track listing: More...
Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell is finally to release an EP called 'Iconoclast' from his side project Ascension Of The Watchers. Initially, this will only be available on vinyl through the band's official website. Apart from Bell, the only other member of the Watchers is former Killing Joke/Prong keyboard player John Bechdel.
PRONG will soon release the video "All Knowing Force" from their 2004 release Scorpio Rising world-wide. You can get a sneak-peek of this video on their official website www.prongmusic.com. It was shot in Binghamton, NY live at The New Cheers Pub, on their recent U.S. tour and edited by UMTV Productions.
The current incarnation of Prong includes singer/guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Dan Laudo and guitarist Monte Pittman, a longtime friend of Victor and an alumnus of Madonna’s recent Drowned World Tour.
PRONG have uploaded a live performance video of the track "All Knowing Force" at their official web site. Check it out: Windows Media, Mac. The clip was filmed on March 3 during the band's "Scorpio Rising" CD-release party at The Dragonfly in Los Angeles.
PRONG have lined up the following tour dates during the coming weeks: More...
PRONG guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor has revealed to RollingStone.com that NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor briefly enlisted him for a side project called TAPEWORM that never materialized.
"Actually, that's one of the reasons I threw in the towel for a while," Victor told the magazine. "I was promised so much by that whole camp — not to sound bitter or anything. I went down to New Orleans and worked on some stuff, but I never heard any finished product. But some of that stuff I worked on appeared on some MARILYN MANSON stuff. I was ripped off — that's happened several times."
PRONG have just issued their sixth studio album, "Scorpio Rising", in the U.S. through Locomotive Music.
Upcoming PRONG tour dates:
Mar. 06 - Pinellas Park, FL - Pinellas Expo Center (Sun N' Steel Festival)
Mar. 13 - Irvington, NJ - Cricket Club (March Metal Meltdown VI)
Mar. 20 - Maplewood, MN - First Avenue (Minnesota Metalfest)