Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour: A ‘taste’ of industrial and punk at its best

Live Review

Ministry. Photo by Jason Hoffman.

By Jason Hoffman, Rock At Night Detroit

Live Review: Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour, Royal Oak, MI April 3, 2022.

It was a packed house at The Royal Oak Music Theatre on Sunday night.  Everyone was waiting for the  long delayed 30th anniversary tour of Ministry’s first album The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste.  There was even more to celebrate because the band released their new album Moral Hygiene.

Ministry. Photo by Jason Hoffman.

Joining Ministry on this 22 date tour are two more veteran groups. Corrosion of Conformity (CoC) & The Melvins. Both bands got their start in the early 80’s and show no signs of stopping.

CoC kicked off the night with the instrumental jam “Bottom Feeder (El Que Come Abajo)”. They ripped through songs mostly found on their hit albums Deliverance and Wiseblood, ending the night with an extended version of “Clean My Wounds”.The Melvins took the stage and kicked off the set with “The Kicking Machine” found on their 2008 release Nude with Boots. Frontman Buzz Osborne prowled the stage barely pausing for a moment during their hour long set. Their 12-song set would end with a rousing fan-favorite “The Bit”.

The crowd erupted when Ministry finally took the stage. Jourgensen and crew flew right into “Breathe” off of 1989’s The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste–and the show never slowed down.  The band went right into “The Missing” and toward the middle of the show, Ministry performed “Supernaut ” a Black Sabbath cover and two fan favorites “NWO” and “Just One Fix”. Jourgensen was like a caged animal, prowling behind the fence during the performance. Ministry closed the show with an Iggy & The Stooges cover “Search and Destroy”–a perfect song for this Metro Detroit crowd.

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