A debt of gratitude to everyone involved in my weekend at the Sonic Temple Festival. The artists include Disturbed, Papa Roach, Ghost, Bring Me the Horizon, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Chevelle, The Struts, The Hives, The Interrupters, The Glorious Sons, Palaye Royale, Halestorm, Tom Morello, Parkway Drive, Beartooth, Avatar, Starset, Bad Wolves, Badflower, Killswitch Engage, Architects, Fever 333 and others I’m forgetting as I’m running on fumes. Thanks to the tour managers, label staffs, crews, techs, security, drivers and additional people who make rock shows run behind the scenes. Props also to the people from both DWP and Mapfre Stadium for the hospitality. Major kudos to the hardDrive Radio crew including Paul Spagna and James Shefferman for being the boots on the ground while Bill Powell handled tech and social media offsite. Finally, the biggest thanks go to the fans who come out to slog thru the heat and rain to bring it all to life. Let’s do it some more!
Major League Baseball is back and Lou has returned to the on field photo pits for his 12th straight season.
For Opening Day he was in our nation’s capital getting images of his beloved New York Mets versus the hometown Washington Nationals. The Mets took the game 2-0.
Look for Lou at various stadiums around the league this season. He’s hoping to make some locations he’s never shot before including Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston and St. Louis.
The images are used by MLB Network Radio.
See you at the park!
Happy Birthday messages have been pouring in from around the world for Darla the Wonder Dog!
As his constant companion celebrates her tenth birthday, Lou wants to thank everyone for their love and well wishes. Darla celebrated her big day with breakfast, rubs, a Cheerios snack, more rubs, second breakfast, a nap, lunch, a walk, peanut butter treats, more napping, dinner, another walk and then a birthday party including a custom made “pupcake.”
Later in the evening, Darla took control of Lou’s Twitter feed answering questions from fans before retiring for the evening with more snacks and rubs.
Thanks again to everyone for reaching out to Darla and following the hashtag #aDecadeOfDarla.
One of the most legendary music festivals on the planet returns! It’s Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin and Lou Brutus is back as host!
The sick lineup runs July 18th thru July 20th. It includes Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, Mastodon, In This Moment, I Prevail. P.O.D., Lacuna Coil, Red Sun Rising, Three Days Grace, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, From Ashes to New, Shallow Side, Rachel Lorin, Skillet, Starset, Of Mice & Men, Static-X, Dope, and too many more to mention!
Along with his stage duties, LB will be backstage interviewing the artists and in the photo pit capturing images. Be sure to find him for limited edition Brutus Rock Fest items!
Tickets are on sale now and available here. See you there!
Brutus loves taking part in musically themed hashtags on Twitter and so was stoked to be invited by @HashtagRoundup to guest host his own game.
It was Tuesday January 22nd that LB joined up with @MusicalHashtags for #RoadRockers. Basically, it was word play puns mixing automotive terminology with your favorite bands and musicians. Not to be outdone by anyone in the bad pun department, LB led the way when the game began with entries like Avenged Manifold, MiniVan Halen, Linkin Parking Garage, Metallicar, and Pontiac! at the Disco. It got even punnier from there.
The hashtag quickly went to the Top 10 on Twitter worldwide. Many thanks to @RobinDWoskin for the invitation to guest host. Hope you’ll have Lou back again soon!
On January 16, 2019 the music world came together to celebrate the life and music of an artist of great talent and integrity. “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” was held at the Forum in Los Angeles. The show featured performances by members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. There will also appearances from a Who’s Who of the Rock world including Metallica, Foo Fighters, Taylor Momesen, Peter Frampton, Ryan Adams, Josh Homme, Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile, The Melvins, Miley Cyrus, Rita Wilson, and members of Pearl Jam among many others.
While in Los Angeles recording with KISS, LB attended the show and you’ll hear interviews with many of the artists regarding it on upcoming editions of hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus.
KISS Army Radio is coming to SiriusXM to coincide with the kickoff of the band’s “End of the Road Tour.” As a longtime fan and cohort of the band, LB travelled to Los Angeles to spent two-straight days with the band to conduct interviews for the channel.
The interviews were conducted at the KISS rehearsal studios near Hollywood where the band is preparing for their final tour. Lou spent hours with all four band members including Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer. Virtually every facet of KISStory was covered from the pre-fame days up to the preparations for the farewell run.
“I’ve been a KISS Army member since I was a kid back in New Jersey so spending days with the band in a setting like this was a dream come true,” said Brutus.
You’ll hear the band’s words interspersed with the music KISS Army Radio will launch on Monday, February 4 at 5:00 pm ET via satellite on channel 30 and will run through Sunday, February 17. There will also be an exclusive live performance on Monday, February 11 at LA’s famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
The 2018 holiday card from Lou and Darla has been revealed and it may be the best yet!
Based on Ralph Steadman’s “Bats Over Barstow” illustration from Hunter S. Thompson’s landmark novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Lou’s is “Fear and Loathing at the North Pole.” It features he and Darla maniacally sledding through a frozen landscape.
The art was created by LB’s longtime partner in artistic crime Alan MacBain of the Alan MacBain Cartoon Company.
Inside the card the caption reads, “We were somewhere around the Arctic Circle on the edge of the tundra when the eggnog began to take hold. Suddenly there was a terrible HO-HO-HO all around us and the sky was full of what looked like red-nosed reindeer, all swooping and screeching and diving around the sled, which was going about a hundred miles an hour to the North Pole.”
The art can be enjoyed online. A select few physical cards went out to family and friends. Also, as the best way to get Christmas card from someone is to send them card, Lou mailed off cards to a number of listeners who had been kind enough to send to him.
After nearly a year of working out the logistics, Tobias Forge of Ghost and Lou Brutus sat down for an hour long interview in New York City in early-December.
“Tobias and I have spoken in person on many occasions,” said Brutus. “However, it’s always been around the hustle and bustle of a concert tour. This was the first chance we’ve had to sit together in comfortable quiet for a long form interview. I believe he’s currently one of the most creative and interesting people in music so I’m ecstatic to have had this happen. It’s probably no surprise I picked the band’s ‘Prequelle’ as my top album for 2018.”
Tobias and Brutus made special trips to NYC to make this happen. The conversation was both filmed and recorded at the hardDrive Radio Studios in Manhattan. You can see much of it via YouTube here, here, and here. You can also read about it here on Blabbermouth.
Both gentlemen returned to the area a couple weeks later for the closing night of “A Pale Tour Called Death” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving a blessing from Cardinal Copia backstage, Lou hit the photo pit to capture images of the show that you can see on his social media accounts.
It’s that time of year when LB puts together a list of The Top 18 Rock Albums of ’18 that immediately causes everyone to fuss and fight.
“I both love and hate doing these lists,” says Lou. “I love looking at all the great music that came out. I hate that as soon as I publish it, I want to change it. Frankly, it’s also crazy that I’ve limited it this year to just eighteen albums. It really means I’ve cut out some albums that I admire and respect. However, it’s more of a challenge instead of putting out multiple lists of rock and metal albums with up to fifty albums each.” He continues, “The #1 album was particularly hard. In the various versions of the list before the final draft Disturbed and Beartooth both had the top slot before Ghost grabbed it in the final take.
Brutus strongly urges you to publish your own list and respond back to his with the hashtag saying, ” I encourage you to make your own list and post it. I think anyone else’s opinion is as valid as mine. That’s why I list my occupation as ‘Professional Music Fan.’ I’m just a fan like anybody else. We’re all in this together!”
Honorable mentions go to these artists who just missed the cut and who would have been a longer list including Judas Priest, Bullet for My Valentine, OTEP, Parkway Drive, Of Mice & Men, The Struts, Slash and others. Also, some albums that came out late in the year will carry over to the 2019 list including All That Remains.
Here is the list…
18. Five Finger Death Punch, ‘And Justice for None’
17.Jonathan Davis, ‘Black Labyrinth’
16. Shinedown, ‘ATTENTION! ATTENTION!’
15. Tremonti, ‘A Dying Machine’
14. Greta Van Fleet, ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army’
13. Halestorm, ‘Vicious’
12. Stone Temple Pilots, ‘Stone Temple Pilots’
11. Alice in Chains, ‘Rainier Fog’
10. Red Sun Rising, ‘Thread’
09. Myles Kennedy, ‘Year of the Tiger’
08. Godsmack, ‘When Legends Rise’
07. Sevendust, ‘All I See Is War’
06. A Perfect Circle, ‘Eat the Elephant’
05. Breaking Benjamin, ‘Ember’
04. The Fever 333, ‘Made an America’
03. Beartooth, ‘Disease’
02. Disturbed, ‘Evolution’
01. Ghost, ‘Prequelle’