The returning Ministry was forced to cut a Paris, France concert short due to frontman Al Jourgensen being hospitalized.
The band was playing a show at Bataclan in Paris on July 28 when, according to some reports, Jourgensen appeared on stage looking “rather intoxicated and was nearly unable to move throughout the performance.” Jourgensen collapsed and was rushed off the stage and to a medical facility about 50 minutes into the band’s set. Due to this, the band was forced to cancel their appearance the next day at the Rock En Stock festival at Parc Du Valigot in Etaples, France.
The band released a statement on its Facebook page about the incident that read:
MINISTRY / PARIS Al Jourgensen Hospitalized
July 27, 2012 PARIS 9:05 pm Ministry Front man [sic] Al Jourgensen collapsed on-stage during the live Ministry performance and was rushed to hospital via ambulance where he was examined by numerous physicians and diagnosed to have had a full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion intensified by the lack of ventilation on stage at the venue. Doctors confirm via blood tests conducted that Jourgensen’s alcohol blood levels were well below normal and no narcotics were found in his system. As a result, Ministry has cancelled today’s appearance at the L’Etaples France Rock en Stock Festival in order to allow Mr. Jourgensen a few days rest to recuperate and receive additional medical attention in Switzerland. Jourgensen fully intends to complete the remaining shows on the Ministry DeFiBriLlaTouR European leg.
Jourgensen extends his most sincere apologies to his devoted Parisian fans who displayed so much love, respect and concern for him before and after the Ministry show. Says Jourgensen: “I will make it up to you, somehow. I love Paris, I love the Parisian people. I’m so sorry …but, [expletive] happens and the [expletive] hit the fan for me last night.”
Initially, Jourgensen retired the band four years ago due to several health issues. He detailed those issues in Metal Hammer magazine when describing why he was (then) disbanding Ministry:
I’d been throwing up blood for the last three tours and like an idiot, I didn’t think there was anything wrong. So I came back, [off tour] and it got better for a couple weeks. Then in March 2010, I went into a seizure and bled out 65% of my body and they had to take me by ambulance to the ICU where I flatlined. I was dead. I couldn’t hold down food and I just didn’t know what was wrong. I spent a week in ICU where they gave me a 100% blood transfusion. After a tour I had [an ulcer] burst right over a main artery in my stomach. They found 13 of them from my esophagus to my intestines which had scarred over, which explains why I’d been puking for years. I spent most of 2011 in doctor’s offices, brain scans, everything. They’ve probed holes I didn’t even know I had, but I’ve lost 50 pounds. I’m a vegetarian again, I have a personal trainer, I do 20 miles on my bike every day, I eat right, I’m the healthiest I’ve been in over 20 years.