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The Industrial Heart Never Dies: Ministry Live In Chicago

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All Photos By Brett Widmann

On Saturday (4/13) the Chicago industrial Ministry outfit reunited to play a Record Store Day set in Chicago at House Of Vans.

The band’s braintrust Al Jourgensen recruited his former bandmate Chris Connelly to play alongside him.

I was there in the audience along with SEM’s Digital Director Brett Widmann, who took all the photos, and I think it’s safe to say that our collective minds were blown. The show was incredible.

Ministry’s House of Vans performance was inspired in part by the RSD release of the documentary “Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records.”

The band’s set did indeed spotlight their earlier work for the legendary Chicago indie label. To their fans’ delight, Ministry’s played numbers from The Land of Rape and Honey, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69.

Notably, the band played their classic single “(Everyday Is) Halloween” for the first time in over 30 years as well as a Black Sabbath cover (“Supernaut”) and a Revolting Cocks cover (“No Devotion”).

Although not everyone could be in Chicago, Ministry are set to play shows from April 19-23 in Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ministry Setlist, House of Vans, Chicago, 4/13/19
1. “The Missing”
2. “Deity”
3. “Stigmata”
4. “Jesus Built My Hotrod”
5. “Just One Fix”
6. “NWO”
7. “Thieves”
8. “Burning Inside” (with Chris Connelly)
9. “So What” (with Chris Connelly)

10. “No Devotion” (Revolting Cocks cover with Chris Connelly)
11. “Supernaut” (Black Sabbath cover)
12. “The Land of Rape and Honey”
13. “(Every Day Is) Halloween” (Acoustic with Chris Connelly)