Ministry rocker Al Jourgensen will be taking a step back from the spotlight next month (Feb14) to battle alcohol dependency in rehab. The star, who has struggled with heroin addiction in the past, admitted he had been abusing alcohol last year (13), and now he's keen to get clean and sober.
He took to Facebook.com at the weekend (18-19Jan14) to inform fans about his decision to enter rehab, writing, "I've just been informed I will be checking in on Feb 3... so I can get s**tfaced watching the Super Bowl on the 2nd."
He added, "My sobriety will not and I repeat not knock off my sarcasm... if anything... it will intensify... I appreciate the support from my brother and family... kicked dope and crack by myself... but I need help on this one... so all your thoughts and prayers are more than welcome... thanx (sic)!"
Jourgensen's bandmates also commented on the news, writing, "Dear Ministry Fans! Uncle Al has made the decision to go to rehab to address his alcohol issues. We were really trying to keep this a private family affair and not a media frenzy; however, your crazy Uncle Al posted about it yesterday on his FB page, so now it's out.
"Of course we always want to let Ministry fans be the first to know about things, but this got away from us. We hope that you will join us... in wishing Al the very best and giving him your full support in his journey towards sobriety. We are all very, very proud of him".
In 2012, Jourgensen underwent surgery for 13 bleeding ulcers, but continued to drink despite his near-death experience.
He told Revolver.com, "I'm only allowed two bottles of wine a day now. And it doesn't even get to that. It's about a bottle and a half, and that seems to be good along with the medicine I have to take every day for the rest of my life."
Al Jourgensen is set to be transformed into a superhero in his own comic book series. The Ministry rocker has teamed up with British artist Sam Shearon to launch Ministry: The Devil's Chord - The Chronicles of Alien F. Jourgensen.
The 13-issue series will follow title character Alien F. Jourgensen, a budding musician, and is expected to premiere at Comic-Con next summer (14).
A statement from Jourgensen, reads: "I've been wanting to step away from music for a bit, switch gears. I met Sam and then POOF (sic)! Sam turns me into a superhero. Ya (sic), I'll sign up for that!"
Each issue will be based on a Ministry album and Jourgensen is hoping to include his fellow musicians in the series.
He says, "I'd love to have people like Trent Reznor, Billy Gibbons and Billy Haynes be characters in the series. I mean, who doesn't want to be a superhero?"
"It's a book called Mind F**k, which is about the power of persuasion and how a person goes around to dive bars and talks downtrodden people into killing themselves, by the power of persuasion. But they can't convict him, because he hasn't committed a crime." Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen is writing his debut novel.
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen played a practical joke on Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst during a studio session by ordering him to strip off and sing wearing nothing but a cowboy hat. Jourgensen has lifted the lid on his work with Durst in his new memoirs, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, revealing he tricked the star into shedding his clothes in a bid to emulate the Ministry singer's sound.
In an excerpt obtained by Rollingstone.com, Jourgensen explains, "The Limp-d**kster (sic) motherf**ker, whatever his name is. I got him naked and in a cowboy hat (in a recording studio)! I'm showing him, 'Look, you want my sound? This is my sound. This is what I use.' And he wouldn't believe it because just by hitting the magic button on the harmoniser that it wouldn't make him sound exactly like me. He was that naïve. I'm like, 'Well, try the cowboy hat.' So I gave him my cowboy hat... and it still sounded like s**t. So I go, 'Why don't you try and get naked? That's how I sing.' I was just bulls**tting him. So he goes out and does that, and is thoroughly embarrassed, again. And then he just left. I got paid to just humiliate him for three songs. It was awesome."
Mike Scaccia, 47, lead guitarist for heavy metal band Rigor Mortis and former member of Ministry died suddenly after collapsing on stage in Fort Worth, Texas, early Sunday.
The father of four was pronounced dead after being rushed to a local hospital.
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office listed a sudden heart attack caused by heart disease as the cause of death, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, (although some early reports suggested it might have been caused by a strobe-light induced seizure).
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen later posted a statement on the band's Facebook page: "I just lost my lil' brother and my best friend – the 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered," he wrote about Scaccia, who was called “one of the most original and influential musicians to ever come from North Texas.”
"Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family— and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today," Jourgensen continued. "Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp — kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career... Everything!"