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Ministry Frontman Al Jourgensen Discusses "Amerikkkant" Songwriting

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On November 9, 2016, Ministry's Al Jourgensen woke up and said, "It's time to make a f*cking album."

When six-time Grammy-nominated Jourgensen had released the final album of his blistering Bush-era trilogy - Houses of the Mole, Rio Grande Blood, and The Last Sucker - where he just railled against George Dubya, he realized that it's not about the candidate. "I always knew this, but on that album it really hit home that we're all suckers."

With the upcoming, politically-charged "AmeriKKKant," he wanted to focus on why we would elect someone like Donald Trump, rather than have the songs be about the current administration. "That's more interesting than who the fuck's in charge," he adds, "Even the ruling class overlords don't know who's in charge. As a society, we're not pulling our weight. Our value and morality systems are completely out the window, it's become all about a monetary system, what every action is based on. You make bad mistakes as a human being when you're chasing the green dragon, the almighty dollar. When that's the motivating factor in our actions, we end up with someone like Trump. And that's what I wanted to comment on with this record."

"AmeriKKKant" will be released March 9 (Nuclear Blast) and Ministry will hit the road with its politics-meet-P.T.-Barnum live show, complete with giant inflatable Trump chickens, video screens projecting equally politically-imbued images to compliment the music, and lots of surprises. It's going to be a wild ride.

The tour dates are as follows:

March 22 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
March 23 Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
March 24 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
March 26 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
March 28 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
March 29 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA
March 31 Union Hall, Edmonton, AB CANADA
April 1 Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB CANADA
April 3 Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
April 5 Boubon Theatre, Lincoln, NE
April 7 Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
April 8 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
April 10 Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
April 11 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
April 12 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
April 14 Opera House, Toronto, ON CANADA
April 15 MTelus, Montreal, QC CANADA
April 17 Royale, Boston, MA
April 18 Aura, Portland, ME
April 19 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY
April 21 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
April 22 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
April 23 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
April 25 Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
April 26 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
April 28 Levitation Festival, Austin, TX

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Put the meth pipe down Al. Gawdamn.

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