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Relapse Tour
Concert by Ministry
LocationNorth America, Europe
Start dateJune 17, 2012
End dateAugust 12, 2012
No. of shows29
Ministry concert chronology
  • C-U-LaTour
  • Relapse Tour

Defibrillatour (stylized DeFibRilLaTouR) is a 2012 concert tour by American industrial metal band Ministry in support of their twelfth studio album, Relapse. It was their first tour in four years as well as their first in six 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.[1] 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."[2]

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.[3][4]

Tour dates


Date City Country Venue
North America
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
July 17, 2012 Belfast Northern Ireland Mandella Hall
July 18, 2012 Dublin Ireland Vicar Street
July 20, 2017 London England The Forum
July 21, 2017 Manchester Manchester Academy
July 24, 2017 Madrid Spain Riviera
July 25, 2012 Bilbao Rockstar
July 27, 2012 Sélestat France Léz’Arts Scéniques Festival
July 28, 2012 Paris Le Bataclan
July 31, 2012 Lucerne Switzerland Konzerthaus Schurr
August 2, 2012 Kostrzyn nad Odrą Poland Woodstock Festival Poland
August 4, 2012 Wacken Germany Wacken Open Air
August 6, 2012 Munich Backstagewerk
August 8, 2012 Budapest Hungary Sziget Festival
August 9, 2012 Josefov Czech Republic Brutal Assault Festival
August 11, 2012 Moscow Russia Moscow Arena
August 12, 2012 Saint Petersburg Glav Club


List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, and venue
Date City Country Venue Note
July 29, 2012 Étaples France Rock en Stock Festival Cancelled due to Al Jourgensen’s sickness


  1. ^ "Ministry Is Back! 2012 Wacken Open Air Festival Appearance Confirmed". 7 August 2011. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Al Jourgensen: Why I Decided To Bring Back Ministry". 18 August 2011. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Ministry Announces U.S. Tour Dates". 2 September 2011. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Ministry, Overkill, Saint Vitus, Swallow The Sun Confirmed For Finland's Tuska". 7 October 2011. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2011.