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Ministry celebrated Wax Trax! By performing 80s/90s set in Brooklyn

Posted by on April 17, 2019

Ministry performed a nostalgic set on Monday (15th) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. For this special occasion, we had photographer Khadija Bhuiyan to capture the entire event and Spotlights/Primitive Weapons drummer Chris Enriquez was there to write the review. Speaking of Spotlights, you should check out the making of their new album Love & Decay, which will be released next Friday (26th) – pre-order here. Also, check out Primitive Weapons’ food diary from their tour late last year (Part 1, Part 2).

MINISTRY perform 80’s/90’s set in celebration of Wax Trax! Documentary in Brooklyn

Story by Chris Enriquez

Ministry

In celebration of new documentary, Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax!, the legendary Ministry have been on a short tour, performing an all 80’s/90’s set of classics and boy did they deliver. You could feel everyone’s excitement from the second their iconic logo graced the screen to their final song. Frontman, Al Jourgensen came out prior to the music starting, assuring the crowd that they would in fact be treated to a flashback. Shortly after his brief rant, the Godfather of industrial came out swinging with three songs in a row from 1988’s “Land of Rape and Honey,” which included the classic crowd favorite “Stigmata.” As if their entrance couldn’t be more face melting, they seamlessly went from one classic to the next (“Jesus Built My Hotrod”, “Just One Fix”, “N.W.O”), which included a cameo from Chris Connelly (of Revolting Cocks) to perform a few songs, including fan favorite, “So What.” And in case you were wondering how Uncle Al was feeling about revisiting the old material, he reassured the crowd after “That was actually kinda fun.” The concertgoers slammed around throughout the entire set up until the grand finale of “Everyday Is Halloween,” which hasn’t been performed regularly for 30+ years. The acoustic rendition brought the beautifully chaotic set to a peaceful moment.

Cold Cave

The show included openers, Cold Cave, which of course features frontman Wes Eisold, who some extreme music fans may know best as the lead singer of Boston Hardcore band, American Nightmare. The band performed a short set, which included fan favorites “Confetti,” “The Great Pan Is Dead” and current single “Promise Land.” Aesthetically, the band was a perfect contemporary representation of what Wax Trax has inspired in today’s age.

The festive evening began with a film screening, followed by a Q&A moderated by Andy Wombell, a former employee of Wax Trax!, which included Director Julia Nash (daughter of Wax Trax! founder Jim Nash), Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks), Jeanne Payne (Jim’s ex-wife and Julia’s mother), and Frankie Nardiello (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult).

 

This tour is sponsored by Vans and still has a few more dates left:

4/19 – @ Fair Market – Austin, TX

4/22 – @ Great American Music Hall – San Fransisco, CA

4/23 – @ The Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA

 

Ministry Setlist:

The Missing

Deit

Stigmata

Jesus Built My Hotrod

Just One Fix

N.W.O.

Thieves

Burning Inside – (with Chris Connelly)

So What (with Chris Connelly)

 

Encore:

No Devotion

(Revolting Cocks cover) (with Chris Connelly)

Supernaut (Black Sabbath cover)

Encore 2:

The Land of Rape and Honey

(Everyday Is) Halloween – (with Chris Connelly) (Acoustic Version)

 

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