Sadly, Mike Scaccia died at 47 Saturday while performing in Texas. The Ministry and Rigor Mortis guitarist collapsed onstage while celebrating Bruce Corbitt's birthday. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital. The cause of death is presumed to be from a strobe light-induced seizure. Initially, reports suggested he suffered a heart attack and his condition was critical. After the incident on stage, a band member was quoted as saying, "It doesn't look good." A short time later, the versatile guitarist was pronounced dead from an apparent seizure. Star-Telegram said sources reported Scaccia as complaining about the strobe lights moments before collapsing.
I'm really excited about the release of this new Ministry album for a couple of reasons. First of all, their stuff has begun to regain it's power after a mid-to late 90's period of complete suckitude. Second, they have a good subject matter to examine (corporate greed and corruption). Third, and most important of all, I really like the line up they announced. Mike Scaccia has been the linchpin for all their best music and adding a Prong guitarist should take things to a new level. Of course, I'll be devasted later if the album turns out to be "Dark Side Of The Spoon" awful but at least for now I'm optimistic and excited. (Plus I love Jourgensen's quote about the upcoming election cycle.)
Ministry Reveal Cover Art for New Album and Release Date for First New Original Song in Four Years, “99 Percenters”
In addition to “99 Percenters,” Relapse will feature the song “Get Up, Get Out and Vote.” Jourgensen plans to actively campaign for Democrats in Texas next year and encourages his fans to put more Democrats in Congress and the Senate and keep President Obama in office, despite his seeming willingness to compromise with the one percenters. “This is going to be a brutal political season,” Jourgensen says. “The Republicans are gearing up for a fight because they got nothing. What do they got? Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney? It’s like a fuckin’ circus of clowns, but they have money behind them and money talks. So Obama’s gotta settle down the one percenters and get his money. I don’t fault him for that. I really feel strongly in my heart that the guy is for the people. But it’s gonna be like a war, dude. Football doesn’t even compare to the violence that’s gonna be coming up this next election.”
Relapse will be the first Ministry album of original material since 2007’s The Last Sucker and features songs written and performed by Jourgensen, guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong), and Mike Scaccia (ex-Rigor Mortis, Lard), and bassists Tony Campos (Static-X) and Casey Orr (ex-GWAR). Drummer Aaron Rossi will join the band on tour. Ministry have booked five dates in the U.S. to support Relapse, starting June 17 in Denver, Colorado and ending June 29 with the second of two nights in Chicago, Jourgensen’s former hometown. Dates for the band’s European DefibrillaTour will be announced in January.