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Jim Breuer at Sound Board, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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When it comes to comedy, Jim Breuer will rock you -- by design.

The "Saturday Night Live" alumnus, SiriusXM host and author has carved out a niche with the heavy music world. His 2016 album "Songs From the Garage" featured collaborations with AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Volebeat's Rob Caggiano and others. And he recently opened shows for Metallica, a lone stand-up in front of thousands waiting to bang their heads with the iconic group.

The 52-year-old Breuer, in fact, approaches his stage act with the same kind of bravado as a good metal band -- energetic and good-naturedly aggressive with plenty of on-the-spot improvisation. You can bang your head here, too -- from laughing.

It's not for the faint of heart -- but it's not supposed to be, either. Best advice for seeing Breuer; Fasten your seatbelts and keep hands and feet inside the car...

Breuer, 52, says by phone that his shows have broadened in recent years to the point where no one seems too much like the other. "I have a set list of what I want to talk about, but every show's been so different -- to the point where I brought a film crew out and I professionally record every show and I'm going to start to release bootleg shows from this tour. I'm not worrying about, 'Oh no, I'm putting my material out there' because it's been pretty much different almost every single show, with the exception of two or three areas I keep touching on."

In addition to colonoscopies, Breuer's most common topic is what the calls "death experiences. I find the funny in that and how we think of that subject. And I also talk about being a parent (of three daughters) who grew up as an 80s kid and trying to raise my kids in today's sensitive times. I'm just not fitting that mold with reins that tight. Even with, like, words, I'm constantly being corrected. It's exhausting!"

Opening for Metallica, Breuer says, "didn't suck. That was probably one of the best gigs I've had in my whole life, to tour with a machine -- and that's what it is, a well-oiled machine. They had everything down to a science. They show up at the venue at 5 o'clock and are doing meet-and-greets 'til about 6:30, then food drives 'til about 7:30, then dinner. At 8 o'clock every single night they're a room rehearsing for 45 minutes before they jump out on stage and give over a two-hour show. That's an awesome thing to be around."

Breuer says that being a fan of Metallica himself allowed him to connect with the arena crowds during his sets. "I grew up with them. I absolutely love that band; Their lyrics, their music all spoke to me all the way up to where I'm at now -- the same as everyone else in those arenas. I won't say the word was 'easy,' I would just say relatable. Put it this way -- I never got booed off the stage. And by the third night the arena had 8-12,000 people waiting for me by the time I came out. That gave me so much confidence and was such a huge compliment."

While Breuer tends to be "all about what I'm doing right now" -- in this case his Live and Let Laugh Tour -- there are other projects on the horizon. "I am writing a script. Who knows when that will come out. I haven't written a script in over 20 years, so we'll see. I just love doing things Im really passionate about. This is a very passionate, giving, relatable, beautiful and funny project I'm working on. Hopefully by next summer I'll have it done."

Jim Breuer performs Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. $28 and up. (313) 237-7711 or soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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