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Jim Breuer brings Brian Johnson out of semi-retirement on “Mr. Rock n Roll”

Posted by on May 17, 2016

jimbreueralbumJim Breuer has been worshiping AC/DC since before he was on Saturday Night Live. Breuer’s spot-on imitation of the band’s former (?) vocalist Brian Johnson has been a staple of his stand-up set for years. But unlike mere mortals, the comedian has been able to use his position of power to meet and actually become friends with Johnson. We saw that when he instantly defended the singer when he was unceremoniously dropped from the band’s current tour. And we also heard that he’d actually convinced him to appear on two songs on his forthcoming metal album, Songs From the Garage. Today, via Rolling Stone, we get a taste of it via the song “Mr. Rock n’ Roll.”

Produced, engineered and featuring guitars from Volbeat (and former Anthrax) guitarist Rob Caggiano, this might as well be another AC/DC song. It’s a simple riff, Johnson’s signature rasp comes in, and by the time he’s joined by Breuer, you’re pretty much on board. It even features the word “rock” in the title, just like 21 of AC/DC’s songs do. Breuer says that he played a few songs from his album for the then-AC/DC singer while on the SiriusXM Opie and Jim Norton Show. Johnson asked to see the lyrics, and  they went in the studio with just a mixing board and a microphone. Breuer commented on the collaboration:

To me, Brian is the most powerful voice in rock and roll. He is also the funniest and most generous man I have ever known. I am still in awe of how he recorded the song and forever thankful.

 

Jim Breuer and the Loud and Rowdy will be released on May 27 on Metal Blade Records. It can be pre-ordered here.

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