Ministry, Meshuggah

Can the ’80s really be over at last?

It’s understandable that curmudgeonly frontman Al Jourgensen would be ready to deliver the benediction for Ministry. The indisputably groundbreaking industrial metal band has been preaching to a faithful following since 1981. Then, last year, Jourgensen tragically and unexpectedly lost his dear friend and bass player, Paul Raven (who also played with Killing Joke). Hence this awkwardly named “CU LaTouR,” and the purported end of what is easily some of the most deliciously demonic and sonically relentless live music experiences available to the thinking hard rock fan. At least he’s going out on top; swan song The Last Sucker is probably Jourgensen’s strongest effort since Psalm 69. Still, those are seriously steep ticket prices. (Meshuggah opens.) Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-0888, $40-$45. 7 p.m. HANNAH LEVIN

Sat., March 29, 7 p.m., 2008

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