Bill Rieflin (Ex-Ministry, Etc.) Passes Away

Bill Rieflin has sadly passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer. Rieflin played drums for Ministry from 1986–1994 and also performed with numerous other bands including: R.E.M., King Crimson, Lard, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans and more.

Ministry issued the following statement:

“Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry’s developments and success…

Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig.

R.I.P. Bill Rieflin

#MinistryBand #WeAreMinistry #Ministry #Revco #RevoltingCocks #Lard #1000HomoDJs #LeadIntoGold #KMFDM #Swans #NineInchNails #REM #KingCrimson #Drummer #BillRieflin #RestInPeace”

R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe also commented:

“Bill Rieflin (1960-2020)

It is with heavy hearts we acknowledge the death of our dear friend and consummate drummer, Bill.

Bill sent me this picture last week of him and Lenny Kaye earlier this month when the Patti Smith Group were in town and they got to hang out. He was elated to see such great friends and gather at his favorite weird Chinese-American diner.

A forever memory is decades old, when I first met Bill at a late night Policeman’s bar in Seattle, sat at a greasy table drinking scotch, and we listened to ‘Birdland’ off the jukebox in reverent silence and awe. His attentiveness to that song then and there indicated a lot to me about what it would be to work with Bill— which commenced to create some magical and beautiful collaborations and life long friendships.

And so to Bill now, he is among all the fine points of the stars and we are looking up with love— and with our own reverence for his beauty, his humor, his relentless curiosity and of course his incredible musical ear, his time here with us so precious and golden. —Michael“

KMFDM briefly commented as well:

“RIP Bill Rieflin, my dear dear friend and partner in crime of 30+ years.”

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe To Join Pigface For Their Full Tour

Pigface, the industrial project led by Martin Atkins, have been out on their first tour in 14 years and they have recruited a number of guests for the trek including Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, who has now decided to stay with the group for the full tour. You can see footage of him in action below:

Pigface’s current incarnation includes the following:

Pigface Announce First Tour In 14 Years

Pigface, the industrial project led by Martin Atkins, have announced their first tour in 14 years. The trek will kick off in November and it will feature a number of guests including Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, ex-Kittie guitarist Fallon Bowman, etc.

Here’s the current incarnation of the band:

  • Martin Atkins (ex-Ministry, Public Image Ltd., etc.)
  • Mary Byker (Pop Will Eat Itself)
  • Lesley Rankine (Silverfish + Ruby)
  • Curse Mackey (Evil Mothers)
  • En Esch (ex-KMFDM)
  • Dirk Flanigan (77 Luscious Babes)
  • Bobdog Caitlin (Evil Mothers)
  • Bradley Bills (Chant)
  • Greta Brinkman (Moby, Druglord)
  • Charles Levi (ex-My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult)
  • Orville Kline (Porn And Chicken)

The following special guests will also perform with the group on select dates:

  • Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) (November 15-19)
  • Fallon Bowman (ex-Kittie) (November 17)
  • Gaelynn Lea (November 15-16 and November 25-30)
  • Ali Jafri (November 17)
  • + more

Tour Dates:

11/15 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
11/16 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
11/17 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
11/18 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
11/19 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
11/20 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
11/21 Columbus, OH – Skullys Music Diner
11/22 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
11/23 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
11/24 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
11/26 Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
11/27 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/28 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
11/29 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/30 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall Chicago