After more than 25 years, Grammy nominations and 12 albums, many of which are certified gold and platinum, Ministry, the band that pretty much birthed the Industrial music scene here in the U.S., is packing it in. The band’s final concert tour, “C U LaTouR,” is currently underway, and it wraps up May 10. A total of 39 shows were scheduled, with multiple nights in Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

Ministry’s most recent bassist Paul Raven, who joined the band in 2006 and also played with Killing Joke and Prong, died last Oct. 20 of an apparent heart attack. This is Ministry’s first tour since his death.

Following the tour, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen is looking to ensconce himself at his El Paso, TX compound, producing records, recording soundtracks, drinking great wine, doing a little gardening and generally be there for up-and-coming rock bands like musicians were for him early on, he said recently.

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Ministry itinerary:

16 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
17 Palladium, Dallas, TX
18 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
19 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
21 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
22 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
23 Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL
24 Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
25 Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
26 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
27 Palladium, Worcester, MA
29 Fillmore at the TLA, Philadelphia, PA

1-2 Irving Plaza, New York, NY
3 Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
4 Koolhaus, Toronto, ON
6 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
7 Emerald Theatre, Detroit, MI
8-10 House of Blues, Chicago, IL

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