Ministry Starts US Tour in San Francisco

Ministry made their mark on San Francisco on February 28th, debuting a 14-song setlist at The Warfield to kick off the HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES Tour! The industrial metal outfit wowed the crowd with four live debuts, the return of an old friend, a couple of covers and more.

Joined by Gary Numan, this Ministry tour supports the band’s upcoming fifteenth album, Hopiumforthemasses. It’s set for release very soon (March 1) but the band wasted no time providing a sneak peek for a lucky few. They kicked off the setlist with a series of live debuts, including “B.D.E.,” “Just Stop Oil,” “New Religion,” and “Aryan Embarrassment.” The last single was even sung alongside their good friend and longtime collaborator, former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, who joined Ministry onstage for the first time in five years!

They also played “Goddamn White Trash,” which raised eyebrows in all the best ways when it was released as the first single off Hopiumforthemasses last year. A ripping and rage-filled track guaranteed to fill any metalhead’s heart with joy, it’s become a live favorite for Ministry fans. And the San Francisco crowd wasn’t disappointed when the godfathers of industrial metal started up a mosh pit or two with “Goddamn White Trash.”

It’s just the beginning of the brazen, headbang-worthy favorites we’ll get from the new Ministry album. But don’t worry, the Chicago-based group hasn’t forgotten about the classics you’ve loved since 1981. As the night continued, they performed tried-and-true Ministry songs like “Alert Level,” “M.W.O.,” “Just One Fix,” and “Stigmata.” They even closed out the main set with “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” an underrated favorite, after a five-year hiatus from the track.

As for the encore? We hope you like covers. Ministry closed out the night with Magazine’s “The Light Pours Out Of Me,” which also happens to be their first time performing it in 20+ years. The finale song was a take on Fad Gadget’s “Ricky’s Hand,” with Ministry giving the number a head-spinning industrial metal twist that we’ll never forget. The band’s impact on the genre is simply unmatched, with AllMusic once writing that Ministry “did more than any other band to popularize industrial dance music.”

And now, they’re ready to do it once again with a new album and era. Are you ready to dance along to the remainder of Ministry’s HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES Tour? Check out the full tour dates below and the full San Francisco setlist here.

Ministry setlist

Ministry 2024 Tour Dates

February 29, 2024 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
March 1, 2024 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
March 2, 2024 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
March 3, 2024 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
March 5, 2024 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre Calgary
March 6, 2024 – Edmonton, AB – Midway – Edmonton
March 8, 2024 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
March 9, 2024 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis
March 10, 2024 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
March 12, 2024 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA LIVE!
March 13, 2024 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 14, 2024 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
March 16, 2024 – Toronto, ON – History Toronto
March 17, 2024 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
March 18, 2024 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner
March 19, 2024 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
March 20, 2024 – Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center
March 22, 2024 – Cherokee, NC – Harrahs Cherokee Resort Event Center
March 23, 2024 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live – Orlando
March 24, 2024 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
March 26, 2024 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
March 27, 2024 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live – Biloxi
March 29, 2024 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
March 30, 2024 – Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
March 31, 2024 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater
April 2, 2024 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
April 4, 2024 – Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
April 5, 2024 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre Tucso

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Last updated: 14 Apr 2024, 15:51 Etc/UTC