Comedian and devoted metalhead Jim Breuer has been hard at work on an album, putting together a band called Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy and hitting the studio — hard. With the help of Volbeat producer Rob Caggiano, they have finally put the finishing touches on their first album, called Songs From the Garage.
He sat down with Loudwire to discuss the album, AC/DC and whether rock and politics mix. The interview is wide-ranging and worth a closer read, but a few things stood out.
- On the process of creating the album: “I never worked so hard in my life. I’m not even kidding. Thank God I did, thank God I had Rob Caggiano. He worked me to the freaking bone. … I have a whole new, huge respect for the whole music industry, just a whole different outlook on how things are made and everything. I’m completely blown away, but it’s not going to stop me from continuing on because I love it.”
- AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, a close friend of his, makes a guest appearance on the album of his own volition, Breuer says. The comedian explains how it happened: “He asked me. I was going to ask Rob Halford, I was thinking about asking James Hetfield. There was part of me that thought, I don’t want to put them in a spot. They don’t know what they’re getting into. Brian came to me after seeing a show and said, ‘I heard you’re making a record. I really want to do it with you.’ I went, ‘I don’t know if you’ve been drinking…’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m dead serious. Let’s do this.'”
- Breuer recently slammed the band’s co-founding guitarist, Angus Young, over his treatment of Johnson’s revelation that the singer would have to stop touring or face total hearing loss. Speaking on the Talk Toomey podcast, Breuer said, “As a fan, I will say I don’t think he was treated well at all. At the end of the day, Brian is a huge, huge entity, and he is just (as much of) a part of AC/DC as the (Young) brothers, whether they wanna realize it or not.”
- He weighed in on Johnson’s current state of mind, considering the situation: “It’s very depressing. It’s horrible. He’s very sad that he can’t tour. He’s devastated by it. He’s struggling a little bit with where he’s at, but he’s a fighter and he’s not a quitter. He’s going to continue to try to figure it out.”
- Breuer also claimed that, unlike many performers who have cancelled shows in North Carolina over a controversial bathroom law, he wouldn’t weigh in on either side on any political issue. He said: “My job in life is to entertain people. I’m not going to scorn an entire state because of some political yo-yos. Why would I let the average Joe suffer who bought a ticket that wants to escape it all? That is not my style, nor do I believe in that. If bands want to do it, that’s their thing. To make a political stand, that’s not my style. Why am I going to let the little guy get punished? It’s not their fault. That’s ridiculous.”
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