Recently, radio trade website Radio Contraband asked Brutus to share his thoughts on more creative uses of social media, especially Twitter.
Using his recent concert adventures as an example, which featured real time reporting of behind the scenes madness from the Stone Sour - Papa Roach - Otherwise tour, Lou lays out some suggestions for more expansive, extra-creative use of Twitter.
Along with his piece you'll get to see the entire run of Tweets and photographs in order as LB traveled from DC to Las Vegas to Utah to Denver with the tour. See it all here.
Work continues on Lou's book of his concert adventures.
The book was originally planned as a purely visual collection of the ticket stubs, backstage passes, laminates, posters, set lists, drum sticks, guitar picks, and other junk he's collected from the thousands of concerts he's attended.
However, Brutus is now writing up stories to accompany the images. Chapter titles include "The Time I Attended My First Concert and Threw Up on Carlos Sanchez," "The Time Our Tour Bus Ran Over A Suicidal Crackhead on the New Jersey Turnpike," "The Time Gene Simmons Proved Himself the World's Greatest Bowler," "The Time Keith Richards Drained the Life Energy From My Body Thru the Palm of My Hand," and "The Time I Went to the Arctic and Got in A Mosh Pit with A Bunch of Eskimos While Metallia Sang A Song About F*cking A Goat."
The book will also contain some of the thousands of photographs Lou's taken onstage and backstage.
However, he needs your help. If you ever heard Lou on-air recounting some crazy assed story and you want to make sure he remembers he puts it in the book, then let him know! Write here to contact him with your suggestion. Brutus will thank everyone in the book itself who helps!
Lou Brutus was given the honor of being the 1st person on the planet to hear the new Pop Evil album "Onyx" during a private listening session at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago.
The studios, which are in an incredibly cool converted warehouse, are the home base of producer Johnny K who is the man behind incredible releases from the likes of Disturbed, Megadeth, Finger 11, 3 Doors Down, Mushroomhead, SOiL, Trapt, Black Tide, Staind, Nonpoint and many others.
After going thru the album track by track, Lou sat down with singer Leigh Kakaty for a marathon, track by track interview. Lou has posted many pics online from the studio including the vintage equipment.
Brutus thanks the entire band and the team at the studio for the incredible time. Plus, everyone hit Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick's new restaurant Piece which was freakin' awesome.
Here's a pic of Lou, Johnny K and Leigh at the mixing console with the Chicago skyline in the background...
It was more kick ass tour coverage from Herr Brutmeister as he hit the road with Stone Sour, Papa Roach and Otherwise for tour stops in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Denver!
Lou traveled onboard Stone Sour's bus, living like a band member including not getting a shower for four days.
Highlights included hanging with Slipknot's Chris Fehn at the Vegas stop, getting the scoop on the forthcoming new Five Finger Death Punch album from the band's Chris Kael, receiving love onstage from the guys in Otherwise in SLC, doing a photo shoot with Jim Root on snowy shores of The Great Salt Lake, taking pics of Corey Taylor almost vomiting while downing his healthy but disgusting pre-show health cocktail, the post-tour party on Papa Roach's bus while heading to the airport, and having fans in each city clamouring for the limited edition Darla the Wonder Dog pins.
Lou brought his cameras and documented the trip with thousands of images both onstage and off.
If you missed his blow by blow account on Twitter, go back and search the hashtag #BrutusOnTheRoad.
The Official Lou Brutus Merch Store is open for business!
Get Lou's schwaggage including Brutus Broadcast Brigade t-shirts, stickers, guitar picks, Brutus Rock Pirate t's and the soon to be legendary Lightning Sex Beanie!
What other items would you like? Trucker caps? Hoodies? Decoder Rings? We're thinking of doing Brutus Broadcast Brigade Magic Decoder Rings of Steel. No, really. Hit Lou on Facebook or Twitter to vote.
Supplies are limited so get it while you can at www.corerevolt.com/loubrutus
Brutus was onstage to host legendary Irish rockers Flogging Molly in a performance at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland that will be heard St. Patrick's Day weekend on Sirius XM's channel Faction.
It was another incredibly heartfelt peformance from Dave King and the band. Many thanks to the group and their Tour Manager Aaron Glas for the hospitality.
Lou hit the photo pit when he got offstage. A few images above and more in the Rogues Gallery.
It's finally here! The Lou Brutus holiday card for 2012. After intense speculation by listeners, it's finally revealed that the theme for this season's image is drawn from "The Hobbit."
The artwork, once again by The Alan MacBain Cartoon Company, features Brutus as Gollum backed by an unhinged Gandalf the Grey and a flaming Ent done up as a Christmas tree.
The imagery has already drawn varied comments including, "awesome," "hilarious," "disturbing," and "creepy."
Inside the card is the message "Ring in the Yuletide, My Precioussss."
There is a long history of custom Brutus cards and you can see many of them here. It's been a few years since Lou has produced any of his legendary holiday mix CDs which now go for $100+ on eBay.
Official Lou Brutus merch is coming in the New Year!
First, we need your help picking the designs. Go here to Lou's Facebook page to scroll thru the different design options. Just click 'Like' on any you'd think make the cut. We'll keep an eye on the voting in the coming days. A few of the designs can be seen above. T-shirts will roll out soon. We're also going to be making Lou Brutus stickers, guitar picks and other stuff available as well.
Watch for the store to open up on this site soon!
Lou has begun the final stages of cataloging his enormous collection of rock and roll memorabilia as he presses ahead with plans to publish it all as a coffee table book in 2013.
He's been meticulously documenting the cloth backstage passes (250+), laminates (250+), ticket stubs (500+), posters (1500+), set lists (#'s TBD), drum sticks (#'s TBD), guitar picks (400+) and other rock n roll junk he's collected in his travels. A few mock-up pages Lou's done in Photoshop can be seen above. If you would like to see larger versions along with images of the Excel spreadsheets listing much of the collection go here. The tome will also include much of Brutus' music photography.
There is no official title for the project but some of the working titles include, "One Man & Two Thousand Concerts," "Rock N Roll Junk," and "I Came, I Saw, I Stood Around and Huffed Tour Bus Fumes." None of these are expected to make the final cut. Suggestions are welcome.
There are not many artists left on Lou's bucket list of acts he'd like to see in concert. Surprisingly, one of them had been 70's mellow songstress and "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John. He finally caught her at the Strathmore Theatre in Bethesda, MD and said in a Facebook posting, "Some think it strange that a guy who traffics in Slipknot, Metallica and Disturbed also loves artists like Olivia, The Inkspots and The Carpenters, but to me, it's all just great music." The top two now left on his list are rock n roll inventor Chuck Berry and classic rock guitar god Rick Derringer.
Brutus was in Sin City for the second Rock Vegas concert and the Radio Contraband Rock Awards.
Concert highlights included interviews with Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Corey Taylor, Staind, Hellyeah, All That Remains, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Art of Dying, Hoobatank, New Medicine and Otherwise. Lou also brought Corey Taylor onstage with a flurry of Hunter S. Thompson quotes from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Corey then launched into the theme song from Spongebob Squarepants to open his set.
Lou was also given the honor of hosting the Radio Contraband Rock Awards. He had a great time although he didn't win anything. However, he did steal some nice silverware which made up for the disappointment.
Pictures of Lou from the Red Carpet of the awards are above and some pics with rock stars are below.
The National Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy have notified Brutus that his name has been formally ratified and he is now appointed as a member of the National Album Notes Craft Nominating Committee.
This means that Lou will be one of the recording industry professionals that will pick which album liner notes will end up as nominees for the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes. Lou will also be able to vote on the full slate of Grammy Awards.
"I've spent my entire life sitting around my ass reading and memorizing liner notes," chortled Brutus. "Now I actually get to go pro. I'm honored.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be February 10, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Congratulations to Lou for being honored with a nomination for Non-Traditional Rock Programmer of the Year in the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards. Check out the full list of nominees here.
"It's an honor just to be nominated, it sucks moose bawong not to win," said Brutus. He oughta know. He set the record for nominations without a win in the annual Billboard Airplay Monitor awards. The winners will be announced in Las Vegas at the Rock Radio Convention 2012 later this month.
Check out Radio Contraband's 2011 interview with LB here.
By popular demand (no, really) a new Lou Brutus Rants has been added to The Official Lou Brutus YouTube Channel. "Everything Sucks" was written by Lou after a particularly rotten day of dealing with the other humans on Earth. It debuted on-air and now can be watched in all of it's grainy, low grade glory. To see Lou's channel on YouTube, click here.
It's old school punk rock music featuring lyrics about how growing old sucks with titles like "My Adjustable Rate Mortgage Really Sucks," "Gotta Get A Nose Hair Trimmer" and the urinary tract title track.
"You're never too old to be pissed off and sing about it," said Lou. 'Plus, many middle age women are desperate for sex so it's kind of a win-win being in this band."
The cover art is by award winning underground cartoonist Derf. You can find the album on iTunes. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter and see their official web site here. Look for showcase gigs this Summer including Lou's home stomping grounds of the Jersey Shore.
It was another insane Rock on the Range for Lou Brutus.
Interviews with Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Slash, Incubus, Shinedown, Adelitas Way, Halestorm, Chevelle, Theory of A Deadman, Cavo, In This Moment, Kyng, New Medicine, Emphatic, Foxy Shazam, Black Stone Cherry, Redlight King, Trivium, SOiL, Lacuna Coil, Eve to Adam, Volbeat, Anthrax, Mastodon and many others.
Plus, Lou was one of the emcees revving up the crowd on the Monster Energy Mainstage, the FYE Second Stage and the Jagermeister Stage.
Thanks to all of the artists, tour managers, road crews and the promoters for the hospitality. Many thanks also to photographers Evil Robb and Adam Bielawski for the images of Lou. Thanks also to Scotty of Hairroxx for doing his best to make Lou appear somewhat human.
The Key Club on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood was the location for a sick and twisted press conference announcing The Metal Hammer Tresspass America Tour and Lou Brutus was there to host!
The entire event was set up like a military operation with Humvees and armored cars filled with uniformed military screaming down The Strip causing traffic jams and panic. Many of the vechicles were transporting band members who shackled, chained and forced to wear black hoods Gitmo-style. They were then brought onstage to be interrogated by the press, Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas and Brutus.
The tour begins Friday the 13th of July in Colorado and features headliners Five Finger Death Punch along with Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid and Battlecross.
Thanks to the bands (especially 5FDP!), Alexander and all at Metal Hammer, the management folks and everybody at The Key Club. Read about the tour in Billboard Magazine here. Check out a pic of Lou, Alexander and the bands below.
A few thoughts from LB on Halestorm's new album "The Strange Case of...Halestorm."
Okay, I admit upfront that I'm a bit overzealous at times regarding my strong feelings for the band Halestorm. However, let's put all the "Lou's in love with Lzzy and stalks her and gushes about her 24/7 and has a restraining order against him" BS aside for a moment.
This is a phenomenal band and they have just delivered a damn near perfect record. It runs the gamut from hard rock including "Freak Like Me" and "I Miss the Misery" to emotionally driven songs like "Beautiful with You" and "Break In." The album also features a tune that makes me wish I was back in high school just so I could vote it as my prom theme, "Here's to Us."
This is Halestorm's second major label album but they already handle the studio like seasoned pros. Probably has something to do with them being one of the hardest working bands I have ever seen in my career. Joe, Josh and Arejay are note perfect. And Lzzy...well...Lzzy Hale is one of the most extraordinarily gifted performers I have ever witnessed and I've caught 'em all.
Halestorm are on the verge of becoming an upper echelon, arena headlining band. They have the songs, they have the talent, they have the smart management, they have the label who believe in them, they have the work ethic, they have the live show, they have it all. The time has come for them to explode and become household names. It's going to happen. It's in the middle of happening right now. The harder songs will dominate rock radio this year. The other tunes will bring them to an immense audience who are now only discovering them. And it couldn't happen to a nicer group of people. I don't plug the living hell out of this band because Lzzy is cute (although she is), I do it because I believe in them.
Often in rock, a band becomes popular and the rest of the rock world shits all over them. Apparently, for having the audacity of being successful. That sucks. People in the rock world often lament that the pop world is far ahead of them and wonder why. Well, when a pop act hits, the rest of the pop world celebrates them. They all do crossover songs and duets. They appear together on TV. When a rock act hits the get called a sellout. The rock world needs to get its act together and stop behaving like a bunch of jealous, little, cannibalistic, cry-baby, whiney-assed bitches. Maybe Halestorm will be the zeitgeist for all that. They deserve it.
Even if Lzzy does think I'm a stalker and a creep.
Although they did thank me on the album which is nice. Surreal, but nice.
Lou Brutus - April 2012
Shinedown release their new "Amaryllis" album on Tuesday March 27th and will celebrate with a live performance and interview that day with Lou Brutus in Sirius XM's legendary Artist Confidential Series.
Vocalist Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Meyers joined Lou recently in New York City to record this more than onehour look at Shinedown's entire career. They did six songs in front of an intimate group of fans while Brutus quizzed them on a myriad of topics.
If you are a Shinedown fan, you gotta hear this. It debuts Tuesday March 27th at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific on Sirius XM's Octane channel number 37. Replays all week long.
It was an awesome night of rock in the Charm City of Baltimore, and Brutus was there with cameras in hand to take it all in, as Chicago's Chevelle hit the stage at Ram's Head along with Middle Class Rut and Janus.
Before the performance, LB recorded an interview with Sam Loeffler and Dean Bernardini of Chevelle about the new album "Hats Off to the Bull" as well as other topics including a frank discussion on the state of the music industry. Lou also gave Pete Loeffler a copy of the book "Devil in the White City" which he had promised him on the air earlier this year. The book tells the story of the Chicago World's Fair and how the nation's first serial killer operated in its midst.
Brutus also had major hang time with David Scotney, Johnny Salazar, Alan Quitman and Mike Tyranski of Janus who also hail from Chicago.
A few of Lou's shots from the concert are below. See tons of his other concert shots here.
The first portion of the day, the band holed up with LB in the SXM studios. A pic from the studio taken by the band's Joe Hottinger is to the left. The group recorded about half a dozen acoustic tracks including never before performed songs from their forthcoming new album "The Curious Case of...Halestorm."
Then it was over to Atlantic Records for a small gathering of family and friends to watch their new tune "Here's To Us" peformed on Glee.
Of the evening Lou said, "It was humbling to be there with a band I love so much on such a special night. I'm just very sorry for the constant touching of Lzzy. I really, really am. Please don't break my thumbs again. I beg of you. Oh, God. It hurts so bad."
Four middle age rumps about to be violated by the rubber gloved hand of a proctologist. It's your first look at a rough pencil drawing for the cover art of the forthcoming new EP by Lou's band Grumpy Old Punks.
Entitled "Anarchy in the Prostate" the art is by legnedary underground cartoonist Derf, who perfectly captures the fear and loathing of the soon to be penetrated members.
Along with the title track, the record will feature other punk rock flavored songs of middle age frustration like "I Brag About the Sleep I Get," "Gotta Get A Nose Hair Trimmer," "All I Do is Drive My Kids," "Why Do I Take This Little Blue Pill" and "My Adjustable Rate Mortgage Really Sucks."
You can now check out video versions of your favorite Lou Brutus Rants on The Official Lou Brutus YouTube Channel. We're also adding links to each of them in the Rants area of the Eyehole section of this site. We've posted the "Swag" and "Fake Gangstas" rants above. To see Lou's channel on YouTube, click here.
After a long and painstaking, Brutus has put together his personal Big Uns list of Top 15 songs for 2011.
"This is always a brutual process," said Lou. "In most cases, the order of the songs is almost meaningless. For the sake of counting them down I've got to assign a numerical value but the fact is that every one of these tunes is important and represents blood, sweat and toil for the band as well as a lot of love for we fans.
"I'm proud to say that for my top song of the year the choice was simple. It's 'Under and Over It' from Five Finger Death Punch," said Brutus. "I am am proud to have been the first one to support this group and to see them rise to the top of the genre is a thrill. Zoltan Bathory is a friggin' genius and one of the most interesting people I've met doing this. As for Ivan Moody, what can I say? I'm proud to have known him since his days in Motograter and I am beyond happy for him that he's been able to rise above everything that life has thrown at him." The band actually scored two songs in Lou's list with "Remember Everything" hitting number fifteen.
The highest charting new band on the list is Art of Dying. "I believe that Art of Dying has what it takes to go the distance and have a long, interesting and fulfilling career. They write and perform from the heart and their live shows are kick ass affairs. I'm stoked that 2011 has worked out so well for them and I can't wait to see what 2012 holds for them," Lou added.
Here's the full list. You can hear Lou countdown his picks on Sirius XM Octane (channel 37) Tuesday December 27th at 5pm Eastern and Saturday December 31st at 12 Noon Eastern.
01. Under and Over It – Five Finger Death Punch
02. Die Trying – Art of Dying
03. Country Song - Seether
04. Race You to the Bottom – New Medicine
05. Narcissistic Cannibal - KoRn
06. Justice – Rev Theory
07. The Bitch Came Back – Theory of A Deadman
08. What You Want – Evanescence
09. Last Man Standing – Pop Evil
10. Bullet in My Hand – Redlight King
11. Hell – Disturbed
12. Slave to the Grind – Halestorm
13. Not Again – Staind
14. Sick – Adelita’s Way
15. Remember Everything – 5FDP
The first ever Corey Taylor solo tour recently wrapped up and Brutus was there for the gig at Soundstage in Baltimore MD with a ton of photo equipment and a stack of Corey's book "Seven Deadly Sins."
Lou took a number of pictures of CT along with his second guitarist Jason Christopher. There is a selection of images from the evening in the Music area of the Rogues Gallery section of this site.
Corey was also kind enough to sign a stack of books. Lou is giving one away to his Facebook followers with the inscription "Note to Self: Yellow Snow is NOT an Exfoliant...Merry X-Mas! Corey Taylor-11." You can see a picture of it to the left. Hit Lou's Facebook page here for more.
A second autographed copy will go to a Twitter follower of Lou's. This one is inscriped "Note to Self: Chris Kringle does NOT me money...or a massage...Merry X-Mas! Corey Taylor-11." Find Lou's Twitter is here.
It was an entire afternoon with Evanescence as Brutus hit the Sirius XM studios in New York City on December 7th 2011 to host another installment of the legendary Artist Confidential series.
Representing the band were the inhumanly talented Amy Lee and guitarist Troy McLawhorn who were also joined by cellist Dave Eggar. The show taping when slightly over an hour as Amy sang six Evanescence tunes while playing piano and harp. In between the songs, Brutus quizzed Amy and Troy about all aspects of their lives and careers in music. We've posted a few shots of the day from Lou's cellphone below. Sorry, he didn't bring his good camera equipment to this!
Many thanks to the diehard Evanescence fans who came out and who have been buzzing about this online. Be sure to the official band site here. You should also check out the home site for Dave Eggar here. The show debuted on Christmas Day and went so that well that the final song title "Secret Door" trended worldwide on Twitter!
The replay schedule on Octane is Monday Dec. 26 at 3pm, Tuesday Dec. 27 at 12am, Wednesday Dec. 28 at 9am, Thursday Dec. 29 at 6pm and Friday Dec. 30 at 12pm. All times Eastern. It will also air on Sirius XM's The Pulse including Monday Dec. 26 at 8pm, Wednesday Dec. 28 at 12pm and Friday Dec. 30 at 5pm. All times Eastern.
The holiday season means another twisted piece of Christmas artwork to adorne the annual Lou Brutus card from his longtime partner in artistic crime Alan MacBain.
This year, Lou asked Alan to do some kind of takeoff on the film poster for one of his favorite movies "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." Alan rose to the occasion with the incredible image to the left.
"I was torn between the film poster and the cover of the first graphic novel in the Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley," said Brutus. "I knew Alan was going to nail whichever I asked for."
Of the annual holiday art MacBain said, "It's always a great artistic challenge each year making Brutus look human. It's not easy. I did my best, damnit."
Find out more about Alan and see his work here on his Facebook page.
November means the return of what ESPN calls the biggest rivalry in the history of sports...Ohio State vs Michigan. However, the legendary Dead Schembechlers, the band of punkers led by LB (under the alias Bo Biafra) who lyrically abuse Michigan, will not be peforming their annual Hate Michigan Rally this year. What's up with the group and how does the International Wolverine Conspiracy figure into the picture? Find out at their official site www.DeadSchembechlers.com.
In the meantime, you can get the band on iTunes here. Plus, three of their songs, "I Hate Michigan," "Buckeye Bop" and "O-H-I-O" are now available as downloadable ringtones for iPhone.
To buy official band merch like t-shirts, CDs and autographed posters go here. You can also find the band on Facebook, MySpace and Lou as Bo on Twitter. See the band's infamous Bomb Ann Arbor Now video here.
Over a billion tweets a day on Twitter yet Brutus continues to score awards for coveted Top Tweets on their homepage. Here's more! Follow twitter.com/LouBrutus and he'll follow you back!
Grumpy Old Punks is LB's latest musical endeavor and thier self-titled debut album, filled with tunes inspired by "Middle Age Punk Rock Rage," is now on iTunes and ringtones for iPhone. The group, which features Lou on vocals, sings short, funny punk rock tunes about how getting old sucks. Titles include "Hey You Kids Get Off My Lawn," "Where Are My Glasses," "That's No MILF That's My Wife," "Empty Toilet Paper Roll," "Why Do I Have to Pee All the Time" and the title track. Go here to get it on iTunes. You can also follow the band thru Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and the official Grumpy Old Punks site. Check out video here. Gigs are rumored for December.
In what little spare time he has, LB has been continuing to do his (very, very small) part to prepare for the upcoming 2012 Grammy Awards as one of the newest members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. We're not actually sure what, if anything, we can tell you about what he does but he is a member of the Crafts Committee that helps pick the Grammy Award for liner notes. Lou is honored to be contributing to the process in whatever way he can which includes casting his first ever Grammy votes in the coming weeks. He has not made a decision yet on whether or not he will attend the awards ceremony though he has broadcast from the Red Carpet on several occasions.
It was another rock and roll commando mission for Brutus as he dropped into Las Vegas in the middle of the night hours before the gates opened for the first ever 48 Hours Festival. He slept little and rocked much as he spent two straight days interviewing the bands, gambling with the bands, drinking with the bands and nursing hangovers with the bands. Thanks to Five Finger Death Punch, KoЯn, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Art of Dying, Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, Escape the Fate, Sevendust, Adelita's Way, 10 Years, Taking Dawn, Hell or Highwater and Valora for their time. Offstate highlights included a night>morning of boozing with Rick DeJesus of Adelta's Way as well as Lou hitting a slot maching at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for $450.00!!!
The cameras were rolling as Brutus met up with Munky from KoЯn in his Las Vegas hotel suite shortly before hitting the stage at the nearby 48 Hours Festival. Thanks to the KoЯn KЯew for the video!
A billion Tweets on Twitter per day, Brutus hits the front page again with this observation on cute misspellings. BTW: we often miss images of LB topping Twitter. If you see it, send us a screen capture and we'll reward you!
After missing earlier shows because of Hurricane Irene, Brutus finally hit the 2011 Rockstar Uproar Tour in Bristow, Virgina outside of Washington, DC. It was worth the wait as he did interviews with much of the line up including Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Art of Dying, Hell or Highwater, Escape the Fate, Black Tide and Bullet for My Valentine. A few photos from backstage below featuing LB in his Edward Gorey vampire bat shirt worn in honor of the guys from Avenged Sevenfold!
Check out an exclusive interview with Brutus at Radio Contraband. It's a web site dedciated to people in the rock radio world and the music therein. He waxes poetic on his career, some of his most rock and roll moments and where he sees the music industry going (or not going) in the next five years. You can read the entire interview here. Thanks to the Radio Contraband peeps for the time.
An innocent (no, really) Tweet by Brutus for his Twitter followers to reach out to Lzzy Hale grew to a full blown nationwide trend. Thousands re-Tweeted "Hey @LzzyHale don't break the heart of @LouBrutus. It's not stalking when it's really love!" until it began showing up in United States-wide trend maps. Click on the picture to the left for an image of both @LzzyHale and @LouBrutus trending. Thanks for all the re-Tweets. Thanks also to the U.S. District Court for not charging LB with violation of the Restraining Order that Lzzy has taken out against him!
Lou Brutus made his yearly Summer pilgrimage to Madison, WI for the legendary JJO Bandcamp concert. He spoke to and/or photographed the lineup including Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Volbeat, Saving Abel, Egypt Central, Pop Evil, Dope, Eve to Adam and Clutch. Thanks to the JJO crew, the artists, crew and all the fans for the mad time in Madtown!
A mental musing about Pacman Jones is the latest from Brutus to score a front page Top Tweet on Twitter. A screen shot of it taken from an iPad is to the left. Thanks for the RTs and follow LB at twitter.com/LouBrutus in case you already aren't!
In what will be a bit of surprise to many, Lou Brutus has become the newest member of NARAS: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Yes, this means he will be voting for the Grammy Awards in the future. Lou was able to garner the needed recording credits to join thru his releases with Dead Schembechlers, Grumpy Old Punks, Dash Rip Rock and others. As to what his duties may be, it's too early to tell as his paperwork just cleared but whatever the challenges are, he's looking forward to them!
Brutus was once again backstage picking the brains of rock music's elite at the 2011 edition of Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio. Over the course of his two days there he managed to talk to an incredible array of aritsts including Avenged Sevenfold, KoЯn, Asking Alexandria, My Darkest Days, Rev Theory, Alter Bridge, Black Veil Brides, Crossfade, Danko Jones, Egypt Central, Escape the Fate, Finger 11, Hinder, Staind, Sick Puppies, A Perfect Circle, Greek Fire, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Art of Dying, All That Remains, Evans Blue, Pop Evil, A Day to Remember, Hollywood Undead, Bullet for My Valentine, Trapt, Puddle of Mudd, The Damned Things, Saving Abel, 10 Years and Cavo. He thanks all of the artists, their tour managers and crews for the hospitality. Thanks also to ROTR folks for once again rolling out the red carpet. Check out these shots LB took of the empty stages before doors opened...
It was a Brutus Blitz of the Midwest as Lou flew to Madison WI to cover the final night of the hardDrive Live Spring Fling Tour for interviews with Saliva, Rev Theory, Emphatic, Madam Adam and Seven Day Sonnet at the Majestic Theatre on Friday the 13th. The following day it was up at dawn to drive to Milwaukee to photograph some baseball as the Brewers hosted the Pirates. That night it was over to The Rave for Seether with Escape the Fate. After which, Lou collapsed on his face in cloud of dust and Jager.
Lou Brutus was on the road again as a guest of Stone Sour traveling with the Avalanche Tour thru several stops in the Northeast. He hopped on the caravan in New York City at the Hammerstein Ballroom, traveled on the bus up to Bangor, Maine then to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and jumped off in Washington DC as the band made their way to Richmond, VA. Lou shot thousands of pictures during the trip both on and offstage of Stone Sour, Theory of A Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying.
Highlights of the jaunt included breakfast with Lzzy Hale onboard Bouncing Betty, lead singer of Art of Dying, Jonny Hetherington, sporting an giant BRUTUS temp tattoo for a gig, filching handfuls of guitar picks from each of the bands, getting a baseball signed by each of the musicans on the tour, the first birthday party for Patrick the guitar tech's son and a crazed incident on the New Jersey Turnpike that involved a psycho person and a lot of State Troopers. No, we're not kidding.
Pictures from the shows are above and below while full size versions of the shots are in the Rogues Gallery.
Middle age meets punk rock rage! It's Lou's new band Grumpy Old Punks! Here's the self-titled, debut video from the group directed by Rick Hamilton of TCB Creative. Watch it then post it for your frustrated friends!
Lou was once again on hand for a major event in the history of Metallica. He broadcast backstage from the Big 4 concert in Indio, CA and was the only person on site to interview all four members of the band. "This ranks up their with some of the other seminal Metallica shows I've been lucky enough to cover including The Freddy Mercury Tribute Show in London, The Molson Ice Polar Beach Party in Tuktoyuktuk and Grimey's Basement in Nashville," said an elated Brutus after the show. The interviews were the centerpiece of the day's coverage on Metallica Presents: Big 4 Radio on Sirius XM.
For the fifth straight season, Lou is working as an on field photographer covering Major League Baseball for Sirius XM. "I'm thrilled to be back covering the sport I love so much," said Brutus. "There are only three things I need in life: baseball, music and Lzzy Hale." Watch the Baseball section of the Rogues Gallery section of the site as well as the various Sirius XM sites for Lou's work. Here's a small sample of his 2011 pics:
Once again, Lou scored the front page of Twitter with a bit of 140 character snarkiness. This time it was a dig at Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" being performed on American Idol. The tweet was as follows:
"Tiny Dancer? I always thought Elton was singing, 'Hold me closely, Tony Danza.'" Lou was surprised as anyone that an age old joke like this would get reTweeted thousands of times but who can explain the fickle nature of the public? Be sure to follow LB on twitter at twitter.com/loubrutus.
Brutus hit the road for the Jager Music Tour at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. He interviewed everyone on the bill including Buckcherry, Hellyeah, All That Remains and The Damned Things. He also hit the photo pit for each of the groups. A sample of the shots are below. You can see the rest by clicking the Music tab in the Rogues Gallery section of the site.
As Stone Sour prepared to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Brutus wanted to show support so began Tweeting, Facebooking and talking it up on the air.
As a goof, he Tweeted an offer to the band offering them a cash bounty of $17.26 to get one of his stickers on camera on the show. After raising the offer to an astronomical $31.11 guitarist Jim Root took the bait! He texted to Lou asking if he had to share the money with rest of the band. When he got a "No" repsonse, he and his guitar tech Martin went to work decking out his rig in Brutusman and Brutus Broadcast Brigade stickers. A picture are Jim's guitar rack on set is to the right.
When the band hit the cameras that night the stickers made and Jim earned himelf a tidy thirty one bucks and change. Thanks to Jim for the pimp job!
Sometime over the Valentines Day weekend, Lou gathered together with the other members of his new band Grumpy Old Punks for a video shoot.
Footage was shot of four songs including "Grumpy Old Punks," "That's No MILF That's My Wife," "Where Are My Glasses" and an as yet undisclosed cover song.
The video for "Grumpy Old Punks" will be the first to see the light of day in early March. The other song videos have additional location shooting to be done in the coming weeks.
The band plays old school style punk rock with lyrics that spoof middle age anger and angst. As Brutus says, "What's better punk rock material then adjustable rate mortgages, losing your glasses or endlessly driving your kids from place to place?"
Look for the self titled debut digital EP from Grumpy Old Punks in the Spring, the cover song single in May and a second digi EP entitled "Anarchy in the Prostate" in the Fall. Plans are in the works for some one off shows.
Lou is honored to have been asked to emcee the Kids Rock for Hope for Henry: A Band Showcase Benefitting Kids with Cancer from 2 to 6pm Eastern on February 13th at the Ballroom in Bethesda MD.
Hope for Henry raises money for electronic games and other activities for kids who are stuck in the hospital for a long time.
The lineup includes a bunch of local Maryland bands who just wanna jam, raise some funds and bring awareness to the charity. They include AD/HD, Bobble Head Boys, Lay'Em Dead, Pulse, Speed Limit, The Black Sparks, Tunnel and the legendary Jester.
Even if you can't make it you should feel free to reach out to support Hope for Henry. You can find them here.
The Music As A Weapon 5 Tour hit the brand new Bridgestone Arena in Nashville TN and Lou was there with the bands, eating barbecue and getting stoopid at the music row bars. Mike & Dan of Disturbed, Munky from KoЯn, Morgan of Sevendust (who broke the news to LB about his upcoming KoЯn fill ins) and Maria & Chris of In This Moment were all interviewed about the tour, upcoming plans and more. As he's been trying to do more of recently, Brutus was in the photo pit for part of the night with stage shots elsewhere here on the site.
Brutus was there in Baltimore MD for The Nightare After Christmas Tour 2011. He was backstage in the dressing rooms to speak with all the bands including Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Hollywood Undead and New Medicine. Check out the backstage photos in the Rogues section of the Rogues Gallery.
Brutus also got shots in the photo pit of each of the groups that night. You can find in the Music section of the Rogues Gallery here on the site.
It's New Year's Day which means it's time for the official "Lou Brutus Top Ten for 2010!"
10. Rob Zombie "Werewolf Women of the SS"
09. Alter Bridge "Isolation"
08. Nonpoint "Miracle"
07. Avenged Sevenfold "Welcome to the Family"
06. Godsmack "Cryin' Like A Bitch"
05. Sevendust "Unraveling"
04. Anew Revolution "Head Against the Wall"
03. Disturbed "Another Way to Die"
02. Five Finger Death Punch "Bad Company"
01. Stone Sour "Say You'll Haunt Me"
Continuing his longtime holiday tradition, LB has once again distributed an original Christmas card to his close personal friends with a cheery message of "Merry Brutmas & Happy Lou Year!"
For 2010, the card pictures Brutus as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas complete with Max the Dog and Mount Crumpit in the background. The card was illustrated by Lou's longtime artistic co-conspirator Alan MacBain. "I've done so may projects with Lou drawing him has become second nature. Yet I don't think I'll ever get over having to illustrate his monobrow. It's...unnatural," said the obviously shaken artist.
Want Alan to illustrate something for you? You can contact him thru his Facebook page here.
The card was done in a limited edition of 100.
In honor of Slipknot regrouping for live shows next Summer, Lou Brutus dipped into his private collection of rock goodies for some holiday treats.
One lucky fan of Lou's Facebook page and another who follows him on Twitter found themselves with a rare Slipknot CD single that has been autographed by all nine band members!
"I miss Paul, I'm glad the guys are getting together to play and I've got a treasure trove of Slipknot stuff that I knew the other maggots wouldn't mind sharing in," said Brutus. "It just seemed like a good thing for the holidays."
Amber Ray Pedersen of Iowa and Ken Wasson of Wisconsin scored the discs. More goodies are on the way including items from Stone Sour and Avenged Sevenfold. To win you must be a fan of Lou's Facebook page here and/or follow Lou here on Twitter. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Good Luck!
Lou Brutus once again took on the persona of Michigan Wolverine loathing, Ohio State Buckeyes loving rock star Bo Biafra, front man for the notorious Dead Schembechlers.
The group headlined their somewhat annual Hate Michigan Rally at Skully's Music Diner on High Street in Columbus, OH on Friday November 26th, the night before the rivalry game between the two schools. A sellout crowd of 600+ insane Buckeyes turned out.
Check out these recent articles on the the group in the Detroit Free Press, Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, The Other Paper, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cincinatti Enquirer, Pat Forde of ESPN, Columbus Alive and a new one in the Detroit Free Press. See the band's Bomb Ann Arbor Now video here.
LB is also continuing writing the unauthorized autobiography of the band, Dead Schembechlers: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Best Damn Punk Band in the Land. It will delve into Bo Biafra’s life, the history of the group and the true story of The International Wolverine Conspiracy. It will be filled with sex, drugs, rock n roll, violence, insanity and pigskin.
Also, in case you missed Bo/Brutus and the band in HBO’s film “The Rivalry: Michigan versus Ohio State,” be sure to pick up a copy now on DVD.
The wealth of online communications and social networks used by Lou has begun to catch the eye of many in the media. Writer Chuck Armstrong of the radio website All Access has begun a multi-part series reporting on Lou's online endeavors. In the article he covers Lou's new comic book, Facebook work, Twitter presence and, of course, this website. Chuck refers to Lou as a "mold-breaking personality" with "killer insight" and other things that will surly inflate Lou's already massive ego.
For a limited time, we've posted a demo of a new tune dedicated to all of the Dungeons & Dragons playing nerds around the world. Entitled Dungeons & Dragons Thug Life it graphically explores the explosive meeting between the worlds of gansta MCs and role playing geeks. Recorded under the nom de plume Ol' Nerdy Brutus the Run D&D MC it was recorded with master hip hop producer Scotty Beam. This is only a demo version of the full tune that will be released in early 2011! Hit myspace.com/loubrutus
The hardDrive Live Tour 2010 wrapped up in Orlando, Florida at the House Of Blues and Lou was there with the bands celebrating it as the Brutus Birthday Bash. Frank of Anew Revolution was celebrating his birthday too as were the United States Marine Corps so many were the libations poured for the Marines in the crowd. It was a perfect close to the tour so many thanks to Sevendust, 10 Years, Anew Revolution, Since October and Aranda for making it all happen.
Brutus got shots in the photo pit of each of the bands that night. You can find in the Music section of the Rogues Gallery here on the site.
Brutusman is back! Lou’s bumbling, superhero wanna-be, alter ego has risen again to victoriously vanquish villainously villainous villains. Drawn by Alan MacBain and written by Lou, Brutusman: The Dark Nut Returns is available here as a free download…one page at a time.
Now the best part, you get to color the pages yourself, either by hand or with your favorite computer program and send them in. We’ll post them here on the site and Brutus will personally reward some of his favorites with cool surprises! We've posted a few of them already below.
Brutus recently returned to his home spewing grounds on the Jersey Shore to host the hardDrive Live Tour 2010 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. An insane kind of madness took over the crowd for Anew Revolution, Since October, 10 Years and headliners Sevendust. Many were the dazed faces when the lights came up and the sweat dripped down. However, the night was not at an end. Lou led a cadre of contest winners up to a decadently appointed suite in the hotel for a private performance from Since October. After that it was back down to the casino bar where winners, band members and Brutus drank until dawn. The party ended when Lou was escorted out by security after leading a flock of seagulls off the boardwalk and into the casino with a bag of french fries. Then everybody (except Lou) got laid. It was that kinda night.
Lou snapped a ton of pictures on and off stage. Some of them are posted here on the site. A handful were taken as evidence by the New Jersey State Police.
A frequent recipient of Top Tweets for his patented brand of snarkiness, Lou Brutus was today featured on Twitter's home page with a Tweet on Columbus Day! We've provided a screen capture so you can check it out for yourself. Lou thanks everyone for the ReTweets and the support. Follow along at twitter.com/loubrutus.
Lou was in Minneapolis MN for Rockstar Uproar when the tour began and he was there when it all ended in Madison WI. "I thought it was an amazing array of talent both new and old," said Brutus. "I loved every second of every set."
Brutus was in the photo pit for the mainstage bands including Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed. We've posted the pictures in the Music folder of the Rogues Gallery section of this site!
Lou is known to carry around his camera quite a bit. He's been an on field Major League Baseball photographer for four seasons and will sometimes snap pics at a rock show. Some of his shots caught the eye of the Godsmack crew and they've posted them in the band's official online gallery.
Check them out here.
Because the intranetwebthingamajig apparently doesn't have enough lunatics foaming at the keyboard, Brutus World Industries announces the christening of Brog: The Brutus Blog.
This will give Lou a platform for long form mental meanderings that won't fit on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace. It's just a better format to lay out long stories of his adventures in the world of rock, random rants n raves and written pieces he's done that might not show up anywhere else.
You can sign up for Brog, get the feed on this site or check it out directly here. Of course, LB is always appreciative of your support in spreading the word so feel free to pass on the link to your buds.
While with Disturbed on the Rockstar Uproar Tour, Lou was informed by the members of the band and their video crew that he'll be seen in their forthcoming new DVD "Decade of Disturbed." Not sure what they're using with him in it but the assumption is that its material from one of Lou's many face to face interviews with the group. When he found out he'd be so honored Brutus said, "It's humbling to be included in such a monumental release by a band I have such love and respect for. It's been great watching their rise these last ten years and being able to go along for the ride. If Disturbed's next decade is half as good as their first it will be freaking amazing."
The film will be premiered nationally in theaters and then hit shelves on August 31st. You can check it out here.
Lou was recently featured in a massive interview with respected radio trade publication FMQB, aka Friday Morning Quarterback.
The interview with him was conducted by Mike Parrish and covers Lou’s career, his thoughts on what makes successful radio, pitfalls for those in the biz, his non-radio creative career, upcoming plans and much more.
Selected highlights can be found online here. For the full interview pick up the August 2010 edition of the mag and look for Brutus on the cover!
Brutus World Industries is (somewhat) proud to announce the re-launch of LouBrutus.com! LB has worked sweaty hand in sweaty hand with Wisconsin based web genius Josh Lippman to bring the total IQ dropping, intranet-thingy experience to unsuspecting web zombies everywhere. The site is also filled with comic book images created by Lou's longtime partner in artistic crime Alan MacBain.
You're invited to peruse the site for audio, video and images from Lou's entire (so called) career. You can also view tons of shots from his illustrious photography portfolio including pics of Major League Baseball, onstage and private moments with rock stars, lighthouses, Civil War battlefields and much more.
There are free icons and wallpaper downloads in the Schwaggage section which will also soon feature Brutus branded merch for you to squander your hard earned dough.
You may also check out stuff related to infamous Brutus fronted rock bands like Dead Schembechlers and Grumpy Old Punks.
Finally, there are Evil Easter Eggs hidden throughout the site with audio, video, games, puzzles and pictures, some of which are probably not the types of things his Brute-ness would be all that proud of…so start searching!We'd also appreciate you keeping an eye out for misspellings, mistakes or anything else funky as we bring the site to life. Let us know any corrections, thoughts or ideas in the Kontakt section.
Tons of additions and updates will continue to occur in the coming weeks so you can always expect something new.
House of Gold & Bones Pt 01
House of Gold & Bones Pt 02
Bullet for My Valentine
True Love Never Dies
Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch
War is the Answer
Time For Annihilation