Ministry faucet former Software member Paul D’Amour as new bassist

Al Jourgensen, Paul D’Amour, and Tony Campos, photograph by Liz Walton (by way of Instagram: @weareministry)

As Ministry work on a brand new album and prepare to embark on a European tour in June, the pioneering industrial act’s chief Al Jourgensen has revealed that unique Software bassist Paul D’Amour has joined the band.

D’Amour will first seem onstage with the group once they kick off their tour on June 16th in Nickelsdorf, Austria.

“He was not too long ago right here within the studio engaged on some new stuff,” mentioned Jourgensen upon revealing the information of D’Amour becoming a member of Ministry whereas talking with Revolver.

Jourgensen went on to inform the story of how he met D’Amour and Maynard James Keenan at Lollapalooza in 1992.

“I used to dwell with Timothy Leary, and he had given me these bottles of liquid LSD to convey on tour,” Jourgensen started. “I’d put two drops in my bottle of whiskey that I’d convey onstage. I’d drink about half the bottle throughout a present. So we have been on Lollapalooza in ’92, I feel it was San Francisco, and once we got here offstage there have been these two guys who have been like, ‘Nice present, dude!’ So I gave them my bottle of Bushmills, however I forgot that I had put LSD in it.”

He continued, “In order that they drank it and so they have been tripping balls for, like, two or three days. They didn’t know what was occurring and so they have been freaking out. They have been able to name suicidal hotlines. It turned out to be Paul and Maynard from Software! … However he truly thanked me for that second as a result of he mentioned it actually bought Software going into being a psychedelic band. Fairly cosmic, proper?”

D’Amour was a member of Software from their begin in 1990 via 1995, showing on their 1993 debut album, Undertow, and their 1992 EP, Opiate. D’Amour departed the band in 1995, citing a want to pursue different tasks, and was changed by Justin Chancellor.

(See Additionally: Al Jourgensen on Turning 60, Ministry’s Subsequent Album, NIN + Extra)

Tony Campos, who had been enjoying bass in Ministry, will head out on tour along with his longtime band Static-X, who’re embarking on a tour in tribute to their late singer Wayne Static. On Ministry’s Instagram web page, Campos posed for a pic with D’Amour and Jourgensen as a symbolic passing of the torch.

After we interviewed Jourgensen final yr, he had talked about that Ministry have been going to hit the studio at first of 2019 to start recording a brand new album. Software, in the meantime, will launch their first album in 13 years on August 30st.


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