YORKIE SUBMARINE

Time to save Pupperland with the release of “Yorkie Submarine.” It’s a downloadable coloring book that parodies “Yellow Submarine,” the landmark animated classic from The Beatles, celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this week. Download it for free here.

The story stars Lou’s beloved yorkiepoo Darla the Wonder Dog and tells the tale of the “Idyllic Doggy Destination” of Pupperland being invaded by evil Blue Kitties. Darla escapes in the Yorkie Submarine and brings back LB to free Sgt. Pupper’s Hungry Hounds Club Band. First they travel exotic undersea locales like The Sea of Digging Holes and The Sea of Dogs Can’t See Green before batting canine-hating creatures like Crazy Cat NippersDastardly Dog Catchers and The Fearsome Flying Vacuum.

Brutus wrote “Yorkie Submarine” with images provided by his longtime graphic artist Alan MacBain. Alan has provided art for several Brutus-related projects thru the years as well as other music-themed work for The B-52s and Dead Schembechlers among others.

Of the coloring book Brutus says, “I couldn’t help but notice that everyone on Earth has gone insane and want to beat each other into a fruit-juicy pulp. I thought, ‘What can I do to distract them for a few moments?’ Then I realized what the world needed was a totally whacked-out 50thanniversary parody of a trippy Beatles cartoon-movie starring my dog where she and I battle acid-casualty cats and giant, blood sucking ticks. Seriously, was there ever a better time for something so weird and silly? Hopefully, it will give people who download and color it a pleasant respite before they go back to yelling at one another. At least the price is right!”

Brutus continued, “The coloring book is free, but I encourage folks who enjoy it to donate their time and money directly to their local animal shelters and rescues. Our animal friends are one of the great blessings in life and we must be better stewards of this awesome planet we live on. I realize there are other problems that require attention, but with this particular project I thought it apropos to help our fellow creatures. Support the animal shelters and rescues where you live or consider adopting a pet of your own, even if it’s a wicked Blue Kitty, so you can join Darla and I on the Yorkie Submarine!”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Get the coloring book here. Then just download the PDF file and print it out! Be sure to share your colored versions (hand colored or computer coloring) with us on social media using the hashtag #YorkieSubmarine.

Radio trade All Access covers the story here. Inside Radio with a mention here. Read the full press release here.

LONDON CALLING!

It was a whirlwind eight-day drip for your friend and humble narrator to one of his favorite places on the planet: London, England.

Here’s what LB had to post during his flight home to the USA…

“I must say that I had a splendid time in London. It truly is one of the best places on Earth. Although I would have liked to have seen more, I did make it to Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, the British Museum (where I saw the Lewis chessmen!), the Imperial War Museum, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Battle of Britain Memorial, and Paddington Station among other places. Got to watch the Changing of the Guard, do High Tea at Fortnum & Mason’s, and watch England in the World Cup down at the pub. Also managed to make it to Oxford where I caught the J.R.R. Tolkien Exhibition, visited the author’s gravesite, and drank at his favorite pub The Eagle and Child. There were also some film locations I saw including “The Prisoner,” “Notting Hill” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Finally, I got some Rock N Roll in with a visit to Abbey Road Studios as well as concerts with the Rolling Stones and Stone Sour. However, there is still much more to see so I hope to make it back soon, but for now it’s home to my little Darla! Many thanks to both Virgin Airlines and St. Ermin’s Hotel for being so awesome. Cheers, mates!”

To find Lou’s posts and photos from the trip, including his incredible images of the Rolling Stones, just search our the hashtag #BrutusOverLondon on his social media accounts.

ROCK FEST 2018

One of the most esteemed concert festivals in history, Rock Fest is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this week and LB returns as host.

Read the Rock Fest blog on Lou’s return here.

The lineup is incredible featuring Disturbed, Incubus, Godsmack, Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Halestorm, Seether, Bush, Black Label Society, Underoath, Nothing More, Sevendust, Ace Frehley, GWAR, Beartooth, Trivium, Adelitas Way, Skid Row, Fozzy, Powermac 5000, Autograph, Otep, Through Fire, Ded, SOiL, Deadset Society, Wayland, Shallow Side, Blacktop Mojo, and too many others to mention.

“This is my fourth year as host at Rock Fest and it is one of the highlights on my calendar each year,” said Brutus. “I. Can’t. Wait.”

The festival runs July 12th through July 14th in Cadott, Wisconsin with a special welcome gig the night of July 11th. Get tickets here.

Lou encourages you to introduce yourself if you see him at the show. He’ll have free pins, stickers and guitar picks featuring he and Darla!

ROTR GOES TO 11

Like a Nigel Tufnel guitar amp, Rock On the Range has now gone to 11.

The esteemed rock fest returned again to Columbus OH and Brutus continued his streak for attending each of them. With the exception of some hairy weather which caused him to cower like a drowned rat in the bowels of Mapfre Stadium, it was a splendid time for your friend and humble narrator. Lou connected with a long list of artists including Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet for My Valentine, Underoath, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Greta Van Fleet, Trivium, Red Sun Rising, Atreyu, 10 Years, New Years Day, Miss May I, Tyler Bryand & the Shakedown, Wilson, From Ashes to New, Like A Storm, Shaman’s Harvest, The Fever 333, Stitched Up Heart, Shim, and too many more to mention.

Watch Lou’s socials for exclusive vid of the interviews as well as his backstage photo portraits.

Many thanks to the artists, crews, management, record company folks, catering, and security as everyone does their jobs very well. Special thanks the staffs of AEG and Danny Wimmer Presents for having Brutus back. Extra thanks to Paul and James of hardDrive Radio for the selfless logistical support. Finally, a great debt of gratitude to those of you who came out to support live music.

Hope you bought a t-shirt, too! To see a video overview of LB’s adventures go here.

FIVE-TIME CHAMPION!

The Rock Radio Awards were held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas on Friday February 23rd, 2018 and for the fifth-straight time Lou Brutus was the winner as Best Nationally Syndicated DJ in America.

Upon getting news of the award he posted, “I’ve just learned I was the winner tonight as Best Nationally Syndicated Host for the Rock Radio Awards at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. I’m really shocked to have won again and am very grateful to those who voted for me.”

Originally, LB was once-again slated to host the awards. However, his travel schedule was incredibly intense over the last month and he felt he would do a sub-standard job as host so bowed out. “I really wanted to be there but I wouldn’t have landed in Las Vegas till an hour or so before the awards and I didn’t want to disappoint everyone with a poor performance. I hope I’ll be invited back for a future show,” he said.

Not expecting to win again and with no one volunteering to accept for him, Brutus is thankful to his friend Ski from WJJO in Madison, Wisconsin for accepting on his behalf. He hadn’t prepared a speech so she read the closing quote from Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

Brutus continues as the only winner as nationally syndicated DJ in the history of the awards. He sends his gratitude to everyone from The Contraband Company who organize the Rock Radio Awards especially Steven Walker and Beatrix Danko.

STARSET: IMMERSION TOUR

Science fiction-themed music heroes Starset have embarked on their biggest-ever concert swing. The Immersion: Part One Tour is hitting dozens of cities across the United States and Brutus accompanied the band for a number of dates.

One of the unique aspects of the tour is the band’s use of their new phone app. It allows fans to access an augmented reality world during the demonstration. Download it for free wherever you get your apps. We also recommend their graphic novel from Marvel Comics “The Prox Transmissions” as well as the accompanying book.

Other bands on the tour include Palisades, Grabbitz, and Year of the Locust.

Lou traveled with Starset for the demonstrations in Milwaukee WI, Rockford IL, and Fargo ND. He photographed each of the shows and did an in-depth interview with the band’s Dustin Bates. Brutus also gave out free stickers, pins, and guitar picks from he and Darla the Wonder Dog to “messengers” of the group. “What an amazing tour experience. I can’t thank Starset, their crew, and the other groups for making me feel so at home on the tour. Most of all, thanks to Ernie the Wicked Tour Pup…even though he peed on me.”

FACTOID: While Brutus is a lieutenant in the Starset Society, he is outranked by Darla the Wonder Dog who has attained the rank of Major. She was awarded the society’s prestigious Laika Medal for Canine Excellence in Planetary Endeavors in 2016.

ADVENTURES IN ROCK

The brave new year of 2018 is already a busy time for your friend and humble narrator.

Lou was in New York City early in January for a marathon four-hour interview session with the legendary Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. The audio will be heard on upcoming SiriusXM project featuring Fleetwood Mac.

On February 3rd Brutus traveled to Evanston, IN for The Stage World Tour. While there he spoke with Zacky Vengeance of Avenged SevenfoldBenjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin and Matt Tuck of Bullet for My Valentine.  FYI the guys in A&X confirmed a 2018 summer tour of the United States to LB.

From there it was down to Nashville, TN to spend the day interviewing Lynyrd Skynyrd for an upcoming project on SiriusXM.

Then February 15 Lou flies into Milwaukee WI for a three-gig trip with Starset. From there he’ll accompany them on the bus to shows in Rockford, IL and Fargo, ND.

Sadly, because of his Rock N Roll schedule, LB has had to withdraw as host of the Rock Radio Awards at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV.

Be sure to come out, say hello, and support live Rock!

FREE STUFF FROM LOU & DARLA

There is always free schwaggage you can get from Lou and Darla the Wonder Dog! It includes Cthloubru stickers, pins, guitar picks and autographed Scott Pilgrim-style postcards. Plus, there are a limited amount of the latest LB and Darla baseball cards from Topps.

Lou wrote on Facebook, “I have a paid merch site but I also like having people write in for free stuff. It makes me feel a kinship with the old time radio programs like in Woody Allen’s wonderful film “Radio Days.” Be sure to write in and get cool junk from Darla and I!”

Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Brutus World Industries PO Box 361 Arnold MD 21012. The autographed postcards are 5×7 so send a big enough envelope if you want one of those. The more postage you put on your envelope, the more we can send back.

SLED RUNNER: 2017

Once again, the incredible Alan MacBain, illustrator to the stars, has created an image for LB’s Christmas card.

The card for this year is entitled “Sled Runner: 2017” and it’s based on the poster artwork for the sci-fi masterpiece “Blade Runner: 2049.” Brutus replaced Ryan Gosling in the image with a silver-eyed, replicant version of Darla the Wonder Dog standing in for the film’s Jared Leto. The great Harrison Ford is pressed into service as St. Nick. Amongst the background images are an origami reindeer and origami devil horn’s in a nod to the origami from the film

These will be sent out to LB’s friends and family with a handful of others going out to his followers on social media. You can see it and other holiday cards from the past in the ART section of the IMAGES area of this site. Just click here.

SONIC BOOM 2017

Sonic Boom has become one of the preeminent late-season festival concerts in the USA and LB returned to Southern Regional Airport in Janesville WI to cover it again this year.

The 2017 lineup included Rise Against, Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Gojira, Falling In Reverse, Thrice, All That Remains, Theory of A Deadman, Beartooth, Steel Panther, Of Mice & Men, Sleeping with Sirens, Starset, Nothing More, Radkey, Bleeker, Fozzy, Greta Van Fleet, Badflower, As Lions, Ded, Through Fire, Bobaflex, Wayland, Versus Me and Breech.

Lou was onstage as host, backstage interviewing artists and in the photo pit. Thanks to the crew at WJJO for bringing him in again this year for the shindig. Thanks also to legendary music photographer Harry Reese for capturing images of LB doing his thing.