Comedian and musician Jim Breuer visited WMSC to discuss his first album, his passion for metal music and his obsession with the New York Mets on April 19.
Breuer is well-known as a die-hard Mets fan, and after every game, he would make game recaps on his Facebook page, whether they won or lost, since April 2015. Breuer explained that Facebook contacted him asking him to make videos for his fan base. It was Breuer’s wife that inspired him to make the videos about the Mets every day.
“My wife was going through her second round of cancer — she was sitting with me in the kitchen, and she was watching me watch the Mets 2015 opening game against the Washington Nationals, and I watched that game like it was the 7th game of the World Series,” said Breuer. “It was the 8th inning, and my wife turned to me with a smirk on her face and said, ‘This is what you should do videos on — your fans will love it.’”
Breuer explained that he predicted that the Mets would win the 2016 World Series. Breuer feels that the way the team has come together in the last week is what is going to carry them the rest of the season.
“Watching them the first week, I said the pitching is there, but these guys need to start hitting. Since that happened, I think they have been killing the ball,” said Breuer. “Neil Walker feels like he is a Met, [Asdrúbal] Cabrera is here, [Lucas] Duda is coming in clutch — I expect nothing less than the World Series.”
Breuer will also be throwing out the first pitch at Citi Field for the New York Mets versus Los Angeles Dodgers game on May 27 — the same day as his anticipated album release.
With the release of the band Breuer and the Loud and Rowdy’s first album, “Songs From The Garage,” Breuer stopped by WMSC to promote its upcoming release and what inspired him to make the record.
“I always wanted to front a metal band since I was a teenager — it was very hard to get into and the comedy part took off really quick,” said Breuer, explaining why he first went into comedy. “I never got to fulfill the other side.”
Breuer explained that he tried touring with bands as a stand-up comedian while mixing rock and metal into his acts. It was not until he started playing at festivals a couple of years ago that he saw his following take off.
“[When you] go on stage and you see thousands of people watching you, the key is they’re not leaving during your set. More keep coming,” said Breuer. “I saw them getting excited for certain hooks with the music, and it blew my mind — that’s when I knew I had to make a record.”
WMSC General Manager Anabella Poland has known Breuer from her days of working with him at Sirius XM, when Breuer was the host of “Fridays with Breuer” on Sirius. Poland explained the common bond the two shared with metal music, which brought them closer as friends.
“We geeked out over music like the new Metallica album, the new Megadeath album. Whatever was coming out in the metal world we would discuss,” said Poland.
Like many albums, Breuer and the Loud and Rowdy had outside help with the album, and that came from former AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson. Johnson will be making a guest appearance on the album, and Breuer said the experience of working with Johnson was an honor.
“He is the most down-to-earth guy,” said Breuer. “It was like watching a legend, and when he sings on [the album], it is powerful and what I hope people get out of this is that there is a demand for Brian Johnson.”
As passionate as Breuer is for his music, he is still a well-known comedian performing all over the country.
Poland recalled a time where she saw Breuer perform in a show close to her home, where he made her laugh so hard that she actually fractured one of her ribs.
“It was a tremendous amount of pain so I called my doctor — I had to heal for 6-8 weeks,” said Poland.