Tonight and Tomorrow: Ministry Give Their Fans One Final Pummeling


Intrepid industrial-metal assault vehicle Ministry is calling it quits after 27 years. After surviving heroin, venomous spider bites, some sketchy mid-’90s albums, and two Bush administrations, lead biledriver Al Jourgensen ends on a high note: His last three D.C.-directed Molotov cocktails (2004’s Houses of the Molé, 2006’s Rio Grande Blood, and 2007’s The Last Sucker) have all been classic returns to form: tommy-gun drums, glass-gargle garble, and two middle fingers blazed at the commander in chief. And his influence has been felt everywhere from metal (Nine Inch Nails, Fear Factory) to the recent crop of indie rockers (check out the Liars’ “Plastic Casts of Everything”). With a demmycrat headed to the White House (we hope), old Al is gonna be all cheers ‘n’ beers come November, so catch his last New York show ever while we’re all still a little pissed off. — CHRISTOPHER WEINGARTEN

At 8, tonight and Friday, the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza,, $55–$125 SOLD OUT

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 1, 2008

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