Ministry has come a long way since Al Jourgensen formed the band as a new wave synthpop outfit in Chicago back in the early Eighties. The Los Angeles-based industrial metal band has gone through more than two dozen members, problems with record labels, Jourgensen being bit by a venomous spider (and subsequently losing a big toe), Jourgensen's heroin addiction, and the deaths of members Paul Raven (in 2007) and Mike Scaccia (in 2012). Through it all, Ministry has persevered and thrived. The band has six Grammy nominations to their name, they played on the very first Lollapalooza tour back in 1992, and Jourgensen is considered a musical pioneer by many of today's bands. They have one platinum and two gold albums, and they have collected five Top 20 singles. However, the loss of Scaccia is something that Jourgensen has said the band will not survive. After, the long-time guitarist died onstage with his other band, Rigor Mortis, Jourgensen stated that he would finish the Ministry album that he and Scaccia had started and that would be Ministry's last as a band. That album, From Beer to Eternity, was released in September of 2013, and Jourgensen has said (as did Scaccia before he passed away) that he feels that is Ministry's best album. The band has toured in support of the album ever since. Jourgensen has implied that after the tours for the album are done, so is Ministry. However, the band recorded their last album ever (2007's The Last Sucker) and parted ways already once before, only to reunite in 2011. Either way, finished or not, the band's time together is limited and so are your chances to see them live one last time.
With that thought in mind, metal fans in Central Iowa need to take advantage of what could be Ministry's last Iowa tour stop ever. Jourgensen brings the band to Des Moines on Tuesday, May 26 for an 8 p.m. event at Wooly's. Ministry is the only band announced for the show, so expect an extended look at the band's 30-plus years of music. General Admission tickets for the show are $66.66 in advance and $70 at the door, and they may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or online through Ticketfly. VIP Meet and Greet upgrades (you must still buy a ticket) are also available through Ticketspin for $80. The package includes an exclusive t-shirt, a limited edition tour poster, a VIP laminate, and an opportunity for autographs and photo ops with the band backstage. Doors for this concert will open at 7 p.m., and the event is open to all ages. Check out the band's classic 1991 Top 20 smash "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" in the video above.