|Concert by Ministry|
|Location||North America, Europe|
|Start date||June 17, 2012|
|End date||August 4, 2012|
|Number of shows||16|
|Ministry concert chronology|
The Relapse Tour is a 2012 concert tour by the American industrial metal band Ministry in support of their upcoming twelfth studio album, Relapse. It will be their first tour together in 4 years as well as their first in 6 years with guitarist Mike Scaccia (as well as their final, due to his death in December 2012).
After Ministry broke up in 2008, frontman Al Jourgensen stated in interviews that a reunion would never happen. In the November 2008 issue of Hustler Magazine, Jourgensen said that the reason they were breaking up was that they "take up so much time" as well as the hassle of getting out new albums. He also said he was responsible for six other bands and can get seven albums done a year while not working on new Ministry material.
On August 7, 2011, it was confirmed that Ministry had reformed and were going to play at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2–4, 2012. Later that month, Jourgensen told Metal Hammer that Ministry had begun work on Relapse, which they hope to release by Christmas. Regarding the sound of the new material, he explained, "We've only got five songs to go. I've been listening to it the last couple of weeks and I wasn't really in the mood, I was just taking it as a joke. Just to pass the time at first but [Mikey's] raving about it. It's like, dude c'mon, this is not about Bush, so... that part's over. The ulcers are gone and Bush is gone so it's time for something new. I think this is actually gonna wind up being the fastest and heaviest record I've ever done. Just because we did it as anti-therapy therapy against the country music we would just take days off and thrash faster than I've done in a long time, faster than Mikey's done in a long time. He just did a Rigor Mortis tour and said it was easy compared to this Ministry stuff so it's gonna be brutal and it's gonna freak a lot of people out."
In addition to the Wacken Open Air appearance, the band will play five North American dates and will not be adding any more cities to the Relapse 2012 tour, as the band is scheduled to perform in Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Finland June 29–July 1, 2012. Ministry decides to confirm an Australian tour in July.
|June 17, 2012||Denver||United States||Ogden Theatre|
|June 21, 2012||Los Angeles||Club Nokia|
|June 23, 2012||New York City||Best Buy Theater|
|June 28, 2012||Chicago||The Vic Theatre|
|June 29, 2012|
|July 1, 2012||Helsinki||Finland||Tuska Open Air Metal Festival|
|July 4, 2012||Oslo||Norway||Rockefeller Music Hall|
|July 5, 2012||Gävle||Sweden||Getaway Rock Festival|
|July 7, 2012||Nibe||Denmark||Nibe Festival|
|July 10, 2012||Leipzig||Germany||Werk 2 / Halle A|
|July 16, 2012||Bristol||England||O2 Academy|
|August 2, 2012||Wacken||Germany||Wacken Open Air|
|August 3, 2012|
|August 4, 2012|
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- "Al Jourgensen: Why I Decided To Bring Back Ministry". Blabbermouth.net. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Ministry Announces U.S. Tour Dates". Blabbermouth.net. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Ministry, Overkill, Saint Vitus, Swallow The Sun Confirmed For Finland's Tuska". Blabbermouth.net. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.