Ministry at the Madison Theatre in Covington, KY 05-MAR-22

Ministry dominate the Madison Theatre with The Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity

The wait is finally over, Ministry is back on tour! Last fall, out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the band, fans and venue staff, Ministry’s highly anticipated “Industrial Strength Tour” was postponed.  Due to overwhelming demand 13 new dates were added to the original tour (bringing the total shows to 35 over 48 days) making the 2022 version of the “Industrial Strength Tour” one of the hottest tickets of the young year.

As advertised this tour will celebrate the 30th anniversary Ministry’s landmark album “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste” (delayed due to covid) as well as debut new songs from the forthcoming 15th studio album “Moral Hygiene”.  To make this tour even more special The Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity round out a stacked lineup.

It was a picture perfect evening in Covington, KY as the near sold-out crowd started to assemble at the Madison Theatre. It was great to see the merch tables right at the theatre’s entrance, which seemed to have fans in line all night. The Madison has 3 tiers and a seated balcony that afforded fans a great vantage point of the stage, regardless of where they stood. As you can imagine the floor area ended up being a wild and raucous mosh pit from the opening moments of Ministry’s set with several fans crowd surfing during the night.

Starting the evening off in a great way was North Carolina based Corrosion of Conformity. This was the third stop of the Industrial Strength Tour (in fact tonight was only the third show that all three bands have played since the Covid lockdown in 2020) and it was clear that Pepper Keenan and the COC guys were more than ready to let loose.  Their all too short set started with “Bottom Feeder (El que come abajo)” and “Panoid Opioid” along with fan favorites “Albatross” and “Clean My Wounds” from their 1994 album Deliverance.

After a brief set change it was time for grunge and sludge metal icons (the) Melvins time to rock. As the house lights dropped and with Sanford and sons theme song blaring over the ever expanding crowd The Melvins took the stage greeted by a great ovation.  Not wasting a second of time on stage they blasted into “The Kicking Machine,” “It’s Shoved,” and “Anaconda” in rapid fire succession and the set was off to a great start.  For the next hour Melvins frontman Buzz Osbourne, drummer Dale Crover and bassist Steven McDonald tore through a fiery set highlighted with “Billy Fish” and “Civilized Worm” before closing with “Hooch,” “Honey Bucket” and “The Bit.”

As the house lights dropped for the final time tonight, it was time for Ministry!  Bringing back the old school feel and vibe of the 80’s Ministry shows, the guys performed behind a chain link fence that ran the length of the stage, along with constant album and song imagery projected on the stage backdrop and the fierce backlighting added to the intensity of the music pouring from the stage.

Ministry opened the evening with a blazing rendition of “Breathe” from The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste album that immediately had the venue bouncing.  Capitalizing on the immediate energy in the room, Ministry immediately followed with “The Missing,” “Deity,” and “Stigmata” from the Land or Rape and Honey album.  With everyone now well warmed up and the moshing and crowd surfing in full force Al Jourgensen rolled into two songs from his short-lived Ian MacKaye collaboration Pailhead, (“Don’t Stand in Line” and “Man Should Surrender”) and the 1000 Homo DJs version of Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut.”

Considering that tonight’s show was only the bands third show since the covid-19 pandemic stopped live music, Al and the guys couldn’t have sounded better and were in complete control of the evening!  Now more than an hour into their set and mega hit “N.W.O.” came rolling from the stage, amping up the energy in the room even higher.  Ministry closed out their dominating main set with “Just One Fix,” “Thieves,” and “So What” from the The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste bringing the evening full circle back to its start.

The fence came down for Ministry’s encore, which featured two songs from their 2021 Moral Hygiene album and a cover of Iggy and the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy”, closing out an EPIC evening of music and leaving a near sold out crowd thoroughly satisfied (and exhausted).

Ministry, Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity have a number of shows remaining on this stacked tour, don’t walk, run to get tickets to one of the best shows of 2022! 

Ministry 2022 US Tour Dates with Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity:
03/11 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
03/12 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
03/13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
03/15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
03/16 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks
03/18 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
03/19 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
03/20 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
03/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
03/23 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
03/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore
03/26 – Dallas, TX @ Amplified Life
03/27 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
03/28 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
03/29 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
03/31 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
04/01 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
04/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
04/03 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
04/05 – St Paul, MN @ Palace
04/06 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
04/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
04/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
04/10 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
04/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
04/13 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
04/14 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
04/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
04/18 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

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