Stars come out for post-punk legends

Posted October 10th, 2008 by administrator

Killing Joke played a rare US show at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles last night (October 9) for a star-studded crowd that included Morrissey and members of Guns N’ Roses, Sex Pistols and The Cult.

…A serious moment came when he dedicated ‘Love Like Blood’ to Paul Raven, the band’s former bassist who passed away last October. “I’d like to take the opportunity to remember Paul Raven,” he said, and the band launched into the track that created a mass sing-along.

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Ministry Says “C U Latour” – World Tour Starts March, 2008

Posted November 13th, 2007 by administrator

On the heels of their final studio release, “The Last Sucker,” released September 18, 2007, MINISTRY announces their final world tour, “C U LaTouR,” with Special Guests Meshuggah and opening act Hemlock. Ministry kicks off the North American leg of “C U LaTouR” in Vancouver on March 28, 2008, stopping in a limited engagement 33 major market cities through mid-May, ending the U.S. leg in Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen’s home town of Chicago. Ministry then heads off to play the principal European festivals as well as choice club dates beginning late May stretching through to July.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the North American “C U LaTouR,” offered by Music Today, go on sale this Thursday, November 15 and can be purchased here, as of Thursday. Exclusive Special Limited Access VIP tickets will also be available for purchase via the pre-sale, offering advance doors, seating, meet & greets and souvenir 13th Planet gift bags.

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Ministry To Launch Final Tour

Posted November 13th, 2007 by administrator

Ministry has announced it will go on their final world tour in 2008, following the passing of bassist Paul Raven last month.The “C U LaTouR” will be supported by Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah and opening act Hemlock. The North American leg kicks off March 28, 2008 in Vancouver, covering 33 cities through mid-May that include multiple nights at House of Blues, The Fillmore and Irving Plaza, before heading off to play key European festivals and club dates through July.

The “C U LaTouR” touring line-up features Ministry’s founder Al Jourgensen being joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong) and Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, AoTW, False Icons), and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Alice Cooper). Static X’s Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass on behalf of Raven. Joining the Ministry clan as special featured artist will be Fear Factory/Ascension of The Watchers vocalist Burton C. Bell. The tour comes on the heels of their final studio release, “The Last Sucker,” released Sept.18.

To coincide with “C U LaTouR,” Jourgensen’s indie imprint, 13th Planet Records, is scheduled to release Ministry & Co-Conspirators “Cover Up,” a 12-track covers release featuring artists from the 13th Planet Records roster as well as other special guests. “Cover Up” is scheduled for a late March/early April 2008 release.

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Paul Raven

Posted October 23rd, 2007 by administrator

Paul Raven, who died on Saturday aged 46, was formerly bass guitarist with Killing Joke, the British post-punk band best remembered for their hit Love Like Blood (1985) and often cited as an influence on acts such as Nirvana.

Raven was recruited to the group in unusual circumstances. It had been formed at Notting Hill Gate in the late 1970s by frontman Jaz Coleman, featuring Paul Ferguson on drums, Geordie Walker on guitar and Martin “Youth” Glover on bass. The band’s early music was a ritualistic, doom-laden sonic throb, described by Ferguson as “the sound of the earth vomiting”.

This noise led them to be bracketed with the likes of Joy Division, and attracted punk and heavy metal fans as well as the notice of the disc jockey John Peel. They also drew a measure of controversy when the cover of one release depicted Pope Pius XII with Nazi soldiers.

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