This was a concert I was looking forward to for 10 years. I have been listening to Ministry since I first heard Thieves in my friend's car in 1992. The next day I remember buying all the Ministry CDs I could find, realizing they have been around since 1985. I have been a huge fan ever since.
I went to the show with 2 of my good friends Eric and Aaron, we were all super psyched to have this day finally arrive. We got the the show a little late, and Opiate of the Masses were on the stage. From what I heard, we didn't miss much. They had a good heavy sound, but the songs didn't really impress me, although they did have great energy on the stage.
For Hanzel und Gretyl, it was time for me to hit the floor. They sound like Rammstein meets KMFDM in a kinda, sorta way. Some of their songs are sung in german as well. They don't have a drummer, so they use an electronic drum machine which gives them an industrial sound. They rocked!! Loopy, Vas Kallas and Anna put on a great performance. I hear previously Anna couldn't make it into Canada due to legal reasons. I guess she got that straighten out. Their set was full of energy, raise your fist "REVOLUTION", got the crowd going crazy, including me. Great band to get the crowd ready for Ministry. Leaving the floor after their set, I was greeted with a beer from my friends. Ahhh, that was a well appreciated beer.
Ministry hit the stage, whoohooo. They opened the show with No W, a anti Bush song that really got the crowd in the mood for a great show. The first 7 songs were played in order from the 2004 CD, Houses of the Mole. I find it wierd when bands do that, last time I saw that was Primus, touring the Tales from the Punchbowl tour, they opened the show with the first 3 songs in order from the CD. Ministry's set list consisted of songs from mainly 3 CDs, Houses of the Mole (2004), Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989), and Psalm 69 (1992). It was very apparent the anti Bush theme for the show. After the Houses of the Mole songs, keeping the theme going, NWO was our first sound of some older material which samples Bush's father. Wow, father like son and history repeating it's self. Ministry sound amazing, my ears are still ringing, head still cloudy from the beers. I am still in "ahh" with last's nights show, I want to go again!! I got to hear Thieves, one song I was really hoping to hear, "Get up off your feet!!!" I wish they played more older songs. Cd player is still playing non stop Ministry, reminiscing of last night's show. I bought a Ministry hoodie, I love my hoodie. The merch prices were very good, not like some bands where shirts are $60, Ministry shirts were $25, $60 for the hoodie.
The set list:
Just One Fix
Jesus Built My Hotrod
Last night I brought my camera, hoping to get a few shots at the show. This is my one big disappointment of the night. There were "No camera or recording devices allowed" signs everywhere. Me, being the paranoid freak I am, was really nervous about taking pictures, afraid I would get kicked out and miss one of my favorite bands live. I saw this very attractive blond taking some pictures, right in front of security, and they did nothing. But I don't have tits and ass like she does, so that didn't make me feel any better. I still took alot of pictures, but I was really fast taking them, and the 2 second delay on my digital camera really screwed things up. Out of the 40 pictures I took, here are some of the best.