Ministry announces 2018 tour dates
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Back in 2008, many rock fans thought that the Ministry was dead. Then, the band surprised fans by rising back to life and resuming the church of industrial metal.

This time, there would be no closing, as Ministry was ready to bring their biblical act back out for a modern audience. For younger readers who are just catching on to this legendary band, here’s a brief rundown of their history.

Formed in 1981, Ministry is a pioneer of the industrial, synth rock sound that, at the time, was truly groundbreaking. In their early years, Ministry was bringing the church of industrial rock to the synth-pop world, supporting such outfits as A Flock of Seagulls and Culture Club. While building a following in Britain, their debut single “I’m Falling/Cold Life” was making some waves on the charts.

Granted, their albums weren’t always a success on the charts, but greatness isn’t always measured in chart success, and Ministry is Exhibit A of this analogy. For 27 years, they would be the faces of industrial metal, but in 2008, the band went on hiatus to the disappointment of their fans.

They returned in 2011 and has been rocking cities all over since. So, for those looking for a dose of holy metal this year, here’s where Ministry will hold church, and keep in mind that all dates and venues are subject to change.

July 11 -- Viveiro, Spain -- Resurrection Fest
July 12 -- Cenon, 97, France -- Le Rocher de Palmer
July 13 -- Paris, Ile-de-France, France -- Elysee Montmartre
July 14 -- Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands, Dynamo Metalfest
July 15 -- Dour, O3, Belgium -- Dour Festival
July 17 -- Nottingham, England -- Rock City
July 18 -- Manchester, UK -- Albert Hall
July 21 -- London, UK -- 02 Forum Kentish Town
July 23 -- Belfast, UK -- Limelight
July 24 -- Dublin, Ireland -- Tivoli Theatre
July 25 -- Bristol, UK -- SWX
July 28 -- Buchenberg, BY, Germany -- Rock the King
July 30 -- Munich, Germany -- Backstage Werk
July 31 -- Segrate Mi, Italy -- Circolo Magnolia
Aug. 1 -- Roma, Italy -- Villa Ada
Aug. 3 -- Zurich, Etr, Switzerland -- DYnamo
Aug. 4 -- Chatelaine-Geneve, Switzerland -- PTR Usine
Aug. 6 -- Wiesbaden, Germany -- Kulturzentrum Schlachthof Wiesbaden E.V.
Aug. 7 -- Nurnberg, Germany -- Lowensaal
Aug. 8 -- Jaromer, Czech Republic -- Brutal Assault
Aug. 10 -- Kortrijk, Flemish Region, Belgium -- Alcatraz Metal Festival
Aug. 11 -- Hildesheim, 06, Germany -- M’era Luna
Aug. 12 -- Coutrai, Belgium -- De Lange Munte
Aug. 14 -- Cologne, Germany -- Essigfabrik
Aug.15 -- Saarbruken, Germany -- Garage
Aug. 17 -- Sene, France -- Motocultor Festival
Aug. 18 & 19 -- Montagny-Sainte Felicite, 56, France -- Site de Kerboulrd
Nov. 21 -- San Francisco, CA -- The Warfield (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 23 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- The Depot
Nov. 24 -- Denver, CO -- Fillmore Auditorium
Nov. 27 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Skyway Theatre
Nov. 29 -- Joliet, IL -- The Forge
Nov. 30 -- Cleveland, OH -- Agora Theater Ballroom (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 1 -- Detroit, MI -- Majestic Theater (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 2 -- Toronto, ON -- Rebel
Dec. 4 -- Rochester, NY -- Anthology
Dec. 5 -- Silver Spring, MD -- The Fillmore
Dec. 6 & 7 -- New York, NY -- Irving Plaza
Dec. 8 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Electric Factory (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 10 -- Asheville, NC -- The Orange Peel
Dec. 11 -- Memphis, TN -- New Daisy Theater
Dec. 12 -- Dallas, TX -- Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
Dec. 13 -- Houston, TX -- House of Blues Houston
Dec. 14 -- San Antonio, TX -- Aztec Theater
Dec. 16 -- Phoenix, AZ -- Marquee
Dec. 18 -- San Diego, CA -- House of Blues San Diego
Dec. 20 & 21 -- Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre (Click here for tickets)