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Al Jourgensen Invites Bill Burr To Perform With Ministry, Tells The Tale Of Abandoning Metallica’s Kirk Hammett On Stage


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Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen was the guest on comedian/actor Bill Burr‘s latest episode of his ‘Monday Morning Podcast‘. While some of the chat saw Jourgensen explain the pros and cons of hard drugs to Burr, it also saw Burr inspired to potentially join Ministry onstage for a song some time. The conversation leaned that way  when Burr was speaking about recently hearing Ministry‘s latest single, “Twilight Zone“, Burr stated of the song:

“…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.”

Jourgensen: “You know, my favorite guest appearance for us of all-time was during ‘Lollapalooza‘. We had Kirk Hammett from Metallica come onstage.

We’d known Kirk for awhile, we’d opened up for Metallica on a bunch of dates in Europe. So we got to be friends and Kirk came out and we did a cover of Black Sabbath song called ‘Supernaut‘ at a festival.

And we were playing it and we gave him the second lead in the song. So he started going crazy. I mean his hair was flying, it looked like he had one of those industrial blow dryers on his hair—there was no blow dryer, just his hair flinging around.

So he was into it and all that—but it just went on for fucking forever. So the rest of the band was just like ‘fuck it, we’re out of here’ so we all just walked off. And by the time he realized what was happening, he’s still in the middle of the lead—there’s no band members up there—and we’re all standing there on the side of the stage, like looking at our watches just going ‘dude, really?’

This is now like going on a 12 minute solo, you fucking… He told me later he didn’t want to leave the stage because he realized he was gonna get shit when he left so he might as well keep going at that point. I think it wound up to be like a 17 minute solo lead…

Burr: “The thing is when you guys leave and he doesn’t leave it looks like it’s planned.”

Jourgensen: “Well it wasn’t planned, we were just fucking bored.”

Burr: “What is the etiquette?… You guys better not fucking do that to me—that’d be fucking hilarious though if you leave me up there and I’m going boom, crack, boom crack, see how long I can do that before I get killed.”

Jourgensen: “That’s when you start incorporating the tom-toms and shit.”

Burr: “What I would do is I would just do a backwards somersault off the stool and crawl my way out underneath the curtain. So did get mad at you guys or did he think it was funny?”

Jourgensen: “He was scared shitless by the time he got off and then we all acted pissed and then it was like ‘Ahh, that was fun, man.’ But he was kind of scared at first. He’s never come back with us ever since. He doesn’t come back onstage. We don’t get a lot of guest artists anymore.”

Burr: “I’m sure he told that story, I imagine that that went around.”

Jourgensen: “I don’t know if he’d want to repeat that story, he was pretty freaked out.”

Ministry will release their new album “AmeriKKKant” this Friday, March 09th.

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