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AJ Maddah responds to the “hypocrisy and bullshit” of Ministry leader Al Jourgensen

AJ Maddah has responded to a series of allegations and complaints made by Ministry founder and leader Al Jourgensen following the bands tour with Soundwave 2015 and the recent collapse of the festival.

Yesterday Jourgensen published a blog post on his Patreon crowd-funding page accusing the Soundwave boss of being a “dickwad”, “douchebag”, “evil fuck”, “a jet setting playboy”, and the Grinch of Christmas 2015.

But in a series of 21 tweets late last night, Maddah defended himself and insisted that he never intentionally ripped off the industrial metal icon. “I went out of business because the shows did not generate enough money. I have lost EVERYTHING. Let me assure you,” Maddah says. “That this was not done intentionally or out of a despite to rip off anyone. You can’t say the same though can you?”

Maddah says that he has “begged and borrowed $20K from family and friends” to pay back some of his debts to Jourgensen and is now broke to the point of being evicted and unable to pay for upcoming medical bills.

The promoter also says that issues within Jourgensen’s band cost him “well over $100K” when Ministry cancelled an Australian tour in 2006. “That episode crushed a young independent promoter,” Maddah says. “I had to sell my car, give up my flat and embarrassingly move back in w[ith] my parents.”

The tour co-presented by Chugg Entertainment and AJ Maddah’s KMW Productions was set to see Jorgensen touring Australia with a Ministry lineup that also featured Tommy Victor (Prong/Danzig), Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis), Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong), John Bechdel (Fear Factory) and Joey Jordison (Slipknot).But the shows were axed just a month before it was scheduled to begin. The press release from the promoters in 2006 explained that the dates and shows in New Zealand, Japan, South America “and beyond” had been cancelled due to “circumstances beyond our control.”

AJ Maddah’s full reply to Al Jourgensen:

Dear Al, thank you for accusing me of “ripping you off”. See the problem with that is that it implies it was something that was done on purpose. Where as I had no intention of ever ripping you off or doing you any harm.

On the contrary I have always been a massive fan and a champion for you and Ministry despite all of our collective past experiences. Like the time 1995 when you refused to go onstage unless someone would get you more smack and coke. Not some, but more.

Or that time when you and I had a near sold out Rio Grande Blood tour and you didn’t show costing me well over $100K in cancellation costs. Do you remember why the tour cancelled? Let me refresh your memory: You didn’t pay your band. Remember Joey Jordison & others quitting and walking out because you had pissed away their wages? That episode crushed a young independent promoter. I had to sell my car, give up my flat and embarrassingly move back in w my parents.

I know you do not give a shit and have never given a shit about anything or anyone besides feeding your various habits. But I worked nights and weekend to pay off the debts from that cancelled tour and still I kept faith in you as a fan I gave you Ministry an over the top generous fee well above your worth & for my trouble. You turned up at the 1st show, at my expense, came to the site office and demanded a further USD $35K in cash or you wouldn’t go on stage. That old chestnut.

See Al, I went out of business because the shows did not generate enough money. I have lost EVERYTHING. Let me assure you. That this was not done intentionally or out of a despite to rip off anyone. You can’t say the same though can you?

Over the last week I have kept my tongue out of respect for your musical output. I kept silent for the same reason I waited outside record stores as kid each and every time a Ministry album came out. But there is only so much hypocrisy and bullshit even one of your biggest fans can take. So despite being broke to the point that I am being evicted and can not pay for upcoming medical bills.

I begged and borrowed $20K from family and friends a few weeks ago and sent more money to your agent a few weeks ago. But in your warped mind that is probably perceived as the actions of someone ripping you off.