AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson may be off the road by doctor's orders, but we'll still be able to hear him sing.
Johnson provided vocals for two tracks on Songs From the Garage, the upcoming album by comedian and Saturday Night Live alumnus Jim Breuer. The set, produced by Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano, comes out May 27 and features Johnson on the tracks "Mr. Rock 'N' Roll" and "My Rock 'N' Roll Dream."
In a statement Breuer says that, "When Brian actually started recording is when things became surreal -- I mean, it's Brian Johnson! Hearing his voice and watching him record with a handheld microphone, that’s the only time I geeked out. To me he's a great man, and I can listen to him tell jokes and stories about history all night long. When I'm with him it's no different than hanging out with your favorite uncle that you love to death, and he trusted me to do the right thing and makes this good. I hope I have honored his trust. That means more to me than the song, to be honest."
Songs From The Garage features 11 tracks, and Breuer is considering taking a band on tour to promote the album.
Meanwhile we're still waiting to hear how AC/DC plans to make up the 10 concerts postponed by Johnson's medical diagnosis; It's been widely rumored that Guns N' Roses Axl Rose will fill in, but no details have been announced yet.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.