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Save the date: The return of Al Jourgensen and Ministry

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Three years after vowing to be done with Ministry for good, former Chicagoan Al Jourgensen has not only reunited the band but scheduled a new album and tour.

The album is to be called "Relapse," and the tour to support it will include a pair of Chicago shows announced today -- June 28-29, 2012, at the Vic Theatre.

I call it a "tour" -- Ministry will play just four U.S. cities next year (Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago) plus some European festivals. "The doctors told me to keep it light," says Jourgensen in an interview with British website Metal Hammer. Jourgensen struggled with drug addiction throughout the band's career; he claims to have been drug free for several years. Last year he suffered bleeding ulcers that nearly killed him.

Why return to Ministry? Jourgensen says: "While I was working on [the Buck Satan record], me and Mike Scaccia from Rigor Mortis f---ed around to pass the time and we had like, five, six, seven songs, and I didn't really want to do anything with them, but Mikey was like, 'Dude these songs are awesome.' They weren't country, they were more like Ministry. So he's coming by in September and Tommy Victor's coming by in October with Tony Campos and we're gonna finish up and put out another Ministry album by Christmas called 'Relapse.'"

The reformed Ministry also will include Aaron Rossi (Prong) and John Bechdel (Killing Joke).

Jourgensen declined to participate in the Wax Trax! Retrospectacle shows earlier this year at Chicago's Metro. The Chicago International Movies & Music festival in April featured the world premiere of "Fix: The Ministry Movie."

Tickets for the Vic Theatre shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 through

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