Comedian Bill Burr Could Play Drums for Ministry

  • Axl Rosenberg

Having recently become a Meshuggah acolyte, Bill Burr has now expressed interest in playing drums for Ministry.

The comedian, who has been taking drum lessons from Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta, Killer Be Killed), recently had Ministry’s Al Jourgensen on his podcast, during which the two had the following exchange (transcript courtesy of The PRP):

Burr: It made me want to go play drums. That’s how I know I like a song, is I immediately go into fantasy mode and whatever cool thing is happening, I’m doing it. So you’re one for one. So at first I was playing drums, and then when you did the harmonica part—then that was me in my fantasy, I was playing that—and everybody was gazing up at the stage going ‘wow, look how awesome Bill is.’”

Jourgensen: That could still happen, we’ve offered you to come onstage before and you pussied out.

Burr: I didn’t pussy out, what are you talking about?

Jourgensen: At that Danzig thing or whatever. [Danzig‘s 2017 ‘Blackest Of The Black Festival’.]

Burr: I couldn’t make it down there.

Jourgensen: Look we were ready to bring you a helicopter to fly down onto stage and have you come back and play drums for us.

Burr: Now that you said I’m a pussy I’ll do it. I’m playing a little bit of double bass now. I just don’t want to ruin it. I don’t want to ruin it because people are coming there to see you.

You know what it was, because you were doing a festival, so I figured you played a shorter set. Like if you’re going and it’s a full-on you show, if you have some jerk-off comic come on for one song, I think the crowd can handle that.

But if it’s just like ‘hey we only got time for six songs and on one of ’em the guy from VH1‘s ‘I Love The 80s Strikes Back‘ is gonna play drums—now I know you guys might get a kick out of that. I’m just worried that your fans, what they’re gonna fucking throw at me while I’m up there.

Cool cool cool. I can’t wait to see Mr. Everyone’s Too Sensitive Now rock out to “Antifa.” Actually, scratch that. What I can’t wait to see is the singing telegram they send to Joey Jordison to let him know he’s been replaced by a comedian who is “playing a little bit of double bass now.” That would be something.

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