Frontman Al Jourgensen of Ministry cancelled a show at Bataclan in Paris, France on July 28th after he collapsed mid-set and was forced to stop. There were reports that Jourgensen looked “rather intoxicated and was nearly unable to move throughout the performance.” He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital after collapsing on stage. The band was forced to cancel their Rock En Stock Festival appearance the following day at Parc Du Valigot in Etaples, France.
Band management issued this official statement due to Jourgensen’s current condition and a personal apology to the fans.
“Ministry frontman 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, sh– happens and the sh– hit the fan for me last night.”