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Interview:
Guest Singer Feels Ministry Fans' Farewell Pain
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Ministry fans are hoping it’s not true, but singer Burton C. Bell says the industrial rock group’s farewell tour, dubbed the C-U-LaTour, is for real.

Bell — the Fear Factory and Ascension of the Watchers frontman who’s the featured guest with Ministry this year — says that “I get a lot of comments from fans like, ‘Is this really it?’ Yes, this is really it from what I see. Al (Jourgensen, Ministry’s founder and leader) has made it very clear how over touring and over Ministry he is. We sincerely feel he’s honest about it.”

That said, Bell promises that there isn’t much moping in the Ministry camp over the impending goodbye.

“Everyone’s stoked,” he says. “It’s like, ‘Alright, let’s do it. And let’s have a blast doing it.’ So everyone’s having a good time. There’s no sadness involved on our part.”

Bell, who sang on Ministry’s last album, the politically charged “The Last Sucker,” says that Ministry is certainly going out with a bang. The group’s latest release, “Cover Up,” features 11 rock cover songs, including a version of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb” sung by Bell. That material, performed during the encores, lends a decidedly different tone to Ministry’s show, according to Bell.

“It’s a whole different thing for Al and the band,” Bell, 38, says. “Ministry’s on stage for about an hour and we do the covers last. When we play the final Ministry song, that’s it; after that, it’s a party band. It’s an awesome show.”



Ministry and Meshuggah perform Wednesday (May 7) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Tickets are $32. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.

Web Site: www.emeraldtheatre.com

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