Two for the Road: Ministry’s Al Jourgensen and Melvins’ Buzz Osborne Talk Broadway Shows, Ballet, and Life on Tour

Ministry, Melvins, and Corrosion of Conformity are embarking on a 35-date US tour


Melvins (photo by Amy Harris) and Ministry (photo by Kevin RC Wilson)

    Two for the Road is a series in which two artists touring together chat about playing shows, life backstage, and more. In the latest installment of the series, Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen and Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne share their excitement ahead of touring together.

    One of the coolest tour bills of 2022 features headliners Ministry hitting the road with Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity. All three are legendary acts, making for a stacked evening of music from three bands that bring the heavy in very different ways.

    The tour kicks off tonight (March 2nd) in Columbus, Ohio, and wraps up with an April 18th gig in Seattle. All told, the “Industrial Strength Tour” will hit 35 cities, with tickets available via Ticketmaster. Ministry will not only be performing songs from their recent album, Moral Hygiene, they’ll also be celebrating the belated 30th anniversary of their classic album The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste.


    As part of Consequence‘s “Two for the Road” series, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen and Melvins’ Buzz Osborne got together via video Zoom to discuss the tour, their excitement about returning to the road after being sidelined due to the pandemic, and their first time hearing each other’s music.

    “We’re pretty stoked [for this tour],” remarked Jourgensen. “And then to have [Melvins] and Corrosion [of Conformity] come along, this is just mind-blowing to me.” Osbourne responded, “I always thought over the years that [Ministry] would be a good band to tour with, and that it would be fun … and I’m really happy it happened now.”

    The conversation between two legendary frontman also veered into unexpected topics such as Broadway shows, ballet, and Jourgensen’s love of Jeopardy! (on which he’s hoping to become a contestant). Osborne named The Book of Mormon as one of his favorite musicals, and the two bonded over their love of The Nutcracker, of all things.


    Catch the full “Two for the Road” conversation between Jourgensen and Osborne in the video player above. See the full list of tour dates below, and pick up tickets here.

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    Ministry 2022 US Tour Dates with Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity:
    03/02 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
    03/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    03/05 – Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Theatre
    03/06 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
    03/08 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
    03/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
    03/11 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
    03/12 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
    03/13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
    03/15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    03/16 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks
    03/18 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    03/19 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
    03/20 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
    03/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
    03/23 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
    03/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore
    03/26 – Dallas, TX @ Amplified Life
    03/27 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
    03/28 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
    03/29 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    03/31 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
    04/01 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
    04/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
    04/03 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
    04/05 – St Paul, MN @ Palace
    04/06 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
    04/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
    04/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
    04/10 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
    04/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
    04/13 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
    04/14 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    04/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
    04/18 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo