CHEAP TRICK “IN ANOTHER WORLD”

Congratulations to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick on the release their 20th studio album In Another World. It is the band’s first Number One album having topped the Billboard charts for Classic Rock Radio including Top Rock Albums and Independent Record Label Current Albums.

The record also includes photography by Lou Brutus with three live shots of the band from him on the jacket. For the fans who have asked, the gigs he shot these particular images at include Washington DC 2019, Silver Spring MD 2015, and Fairfax VA 2014.

Some of Lou’s other Cheap Trick photography is also showing up in other places. The band’s Rick Nielsen recently gave an interview to Illinois Entertainer magazine. A full band shot by LB is featured on the cover of the mag with another of his stage shots used in the article. You can read the (excellent) interview and see Lou’s pics here.

Many thanks to his old friends in the band with extra thanks for the liner note credit!

ROCKFEST 2021

After a long concert drought, LB returns as host one of the great concert events in America: Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. The main festival runs from July 15 through 17 with a special pre-show party on the 14th.

This lineup for this year includes Rob Zombie, Staind, KoRn, Danzig, Anthrax, Limp Bizkit, Chevelle, Theory of A Deadman, Saint Asonia, Motionless in White, Avatar, Badflower, Of Mice & Men, Fozzy, Memphis May Fire, Blacktop Mojo, Bad Wolves, All That Remains, Like A Storm, Crobot, Bones UK, We Came As Romans, Gemini Syndrome, Through Fire, Rachel Lorin, Carnifex, Royal Bliss, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, Queensryche, and many more.

Lou will host onstage, interview the artists backstage, and be in the photo pit capturing the music. You’ll also have chances to meet him in person at special signings for his bestselling book SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock N Roll Reprobate. Sorry, Darla the Wonder Dog will not be appearing!

For ticket information and more hit Rock-Fest.com.

THE DARLALORIAN

We’re excited to announce a new project featuring Darla the Wonder Dog and LB. It’s a free, downloadable coloring book entitled “The Darlalorian.”

To get yours, just hit the links below. Click on each to download or print directly. There will be a new chapter each week with both an illustration page and a narrative page. They’ll available each week thereafter until the end of the story.

DOWNLOADS. Cover. Chapter 1 PIC. Chapter 1 TEXT. Chapter 2 PIC. Chapter 2 TEXT. Chapter 3 PIC. Chapter 3 TEXT. Chapter 4 PIC. Chapter 4 TEXT. Chapter 5 PIC. Chapter 5 TEXT. Chapter 6 PIC. Chapter 6 TEXT. Chapter 7 PIC. Chapter 7 TEXT. Chapter 8 PIC. Chapter 8 TEXT.

As you may have guessed, it’s a parody of the Disney+ hit “The Mandalorian” with artwork by Alan MacBain and script by LB. It tells the story of a mysterious creature known as The Puppy Child (Darla) and the intergalactic Rocker (Lou) who becomes her protector. Their misadventures unfold in a “season” of eight chapters with each “chapter” represented by a single coloring-book page. Watch for various actors and Rock stars in cameos.

Plus, you can win cool prizes by coloring the pages! Color and post the new page each week on your social media using the hashtag #TheDarlalorian. They’ll be judged in two divisions including Hand Colored and Computer Colored. Winners each week will receive a poster of the cover signed by LB and Darla, as well as other goodies.

Of course, this is not the first time that Lou, Darla, and Alan have teamed up for a coloring book. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film “Yellow Submarine” from The Beatles, they published another coloring book parody entitled “Yorkie Submarine.” Read about it and download it here.

HOLIDAY CARD 2020

With the arrival of the holiday season, it’s time to unveil the artwork for this year’s Christmas card from Lou and Darla the Wonder Dog.

As 2020 has been pretty nasty, Lou thought it would be nice to use a card theme that drew off of some beloved childhood art. So he called up artist Alan MacBain and they dreamed up an image.

This year’s card is based on an original illustration by E.H. Shepard for A.A. Milne’s short story “Winnie the Pooh and the North Pole Expedition.” In our version, Darla and Lou are joined by Venus the Meowing Pussycat, Rosie the Pup, Moses the Gregarious Barn Cat, and Little Stevie the Pony. The inside of the card reworks text from the Pooh story.

To get a card, you must first send a card! Write to Brutus and Darla – PO Box 361 – Arnold MD 21012.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of backups at the USPS, Lou had not yet received his cards from the printer as of Saturday December 19th. Please be patient if you’ve written in. Thanks.

“SONIC WARRIOR” KINDLE SPECIAL

We are super-stoked to announce that Lou’s memoir Sonic Warrior: My Life as a Rock N Roll Reprobate is a featured title on Amazon Kindle for the month of September.

You can now get the eBook edition for just $1.99. By Grabthar’s Hammer, what a savings! Download the eBook here.

The special price is only for the eBook and only when it’s purchased via Amazon Kindle. Of course, you can also get the print edition wherever you buy books. However, the supplies on the physical copies are running low and will sell out. Get one while you can. Purchase the hardcover first edition here.

Finally, you can still get the audiobook edition. It’s over seven-hours long and it’s narrated by LB himself. Download the audiobook here.

MAX ALT ROCK

Your friend and humble narrator is the cover story for the latest edition of Max Alt Rock magazine!

Lou was interviewed regarding his memoir Sonic Warrior: My Life as a Rock N Roll Reprobate as well as his long career in the media. The interview was conducted by Mike Parrish.

The issue also includes coverage on Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Daughtry, and Ego Kill Talent.

Check it out at MaxAltRock.com.

VOTE DARLA 2020!

Darla the Wonder Dog is running for office… although we don’t know exactly WHAT office that might be.

She recently informed LB that “I think it’s time for ME to be in charge” because “How much worse could I make it?” With that in mind, she has forced Lou into the job of campaign manager.

Part of the initial phase of Darla’s campaign has been the creation of a social media presence. You can now follow official Darla the Wonder Dog accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

There is also Vote Darla 2020 swag in production including stickers, pins, and lawn signs. These will be available for her supporters through social media contesting on Darla’s accounts. Some of these items will be autographed the candidate herself!

Darla is confident in regard to the approaching campaign stating, “I will rule with an iron paw!” It would seem that Lou is less-than-thrilled, muttering under his breath, “I’m getting a bad feeling about this.”

ROCK FOR RELIEF

Lou Brutus will be your co-host for the “Rock For Relief” benefit concert supporting Feeding America‘s COVID-19 Response Fund on July 3 at 8 p.m. ET and again at 11 p.m. ET. Watch it here.

United Stations Media and Storic Media are teaming up with Feeding America to raise awareness and donations for families in local communities across the nation. The “Rock For Relief” benefit show will be hosted by LB and Riki Rachtman along with talent interviews conducted by Alice Cooper and Joe Satriani.

The lineup of performances includes Corey Taylor alongside Gavin Rossdale of BushGeorge ThorogoodDon Felder (former lead guitarist of THE EAGLES), Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE), Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger (HALESTORM), Jesse Hasek (10 YEARS), FILTERLisa LoebTHE DEAD DAISIESChris Robertson (BLACK STONE CHERRY), STARSETBrandon Saller (ATREYU), Ricky ByrdBobby Whitlock and CoCo CarmelJoe GrusheckyKathy SledgeBones OwensBJ ThomasDanielia CottonMatt Bigland(DINOSAUR PILE-UP) and more. There will also be appearances by Peter Frampton and Adam Gontier of SAINT ASONIA.

You can see more about the event with Blabbermouth, uDiscoverMusic, BroadwayWorld, Loudwire, NextMosh, and antiMUSIC.

Feeding America estimates that an additional 17.1 million people could be food insecure in 2020 as a result of this crisis — for a total of 54.3 million people, or one in every six people. This is a 46% increase over the 37.2 million people who were food insecure prior to the COVID-19 crisis.

“SONIC WARRIOR” ON SALE NOW!!!

SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock and Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs and Vomiting at Inopportune Moments) is on sale now! Published by Rare Bird Lit of Los Angeles, it has already topped several of the new book charts at Amazon! The book is a collection of insane-but-true stories from his decades in the music biz. A full list of chapter titles is below. The Foreword was written by his friend Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. Plus, there’s an original illustration for each chapter by Lou’s longtime partner-in-artistic-crime Alan MacBain.

BUY: Order from Rare Bird Lit here. Order from Amazon here. Order from Barnes & Noble here. Order from BookShop.org hereOrder from IndieBound.org here. Get the Kindle edition here.

AUDIOBOOK: You can also hear SONIC WARRIOR as an audiobook! It clocks in at over seven-hours with LB as your humble narrator. Check out a sample here. Here’s another sample.  But it on Audible here. Buy via Google Play here. You can also buy it on iTunes.

PRESS ENQUIRIES: Members of the press interested in speaking with Lou about the book can reach out to Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Lit here.

RIGHTS ENQUIRIES: If you are interested in speaking about film, television, or other rights clearances please contact Robert Diforio at D4EO Literary Agency here.

REVOLVER: To read an *insane* excerpt from the book, check out the article from Revolver Magazine here. However, if you’re easily offended, you might want to avoid! LOL. It involves Corey Taylor pulling the greatest opening band prank in history on Shadows Fall. NSFW!

VENTS MAGAZINE: Writer Ryan Vandergriff of Vents Magazine raves about the book here. He says it’s “Nothing less than a beautiful miracle of a rock love letter.” An interview with Lou follows here.

DIGITAL JOURNAL: Reviewer Markos Papadatos gives an “A” rating to the book here. He says, “Overall, Lou Brutus soars on his Sonic Warrior book, which is a breath of fresh air. It is the ideal book to read during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in an effort to provide an escape from life’s daily stresses.”

BOOKTRIB: The lit magazine BookTrib has published an excerpt from the chapter “The Time Hunter S. Thompson Menaced Me with Depraved Violence and A Bottle of Chivas Regal” here. This piece is also published by the Chicago Tribune here. Update: This article has now been picked up nationally and has been appearing in newspapers around the country.

I’M MUSIC MAGAZINE: In this interview, Lou gets rather lengthy and philosophical with Don Manuszewski of I’m Music Magazine. Check it out here.

IN CONVERSATION: This is the an episode of the “In Conversation” podcast from Lou’s publisher Rare Bird Lit. It features J.J. Anselmi the author of Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-metal and I speaking for an hour about our respective books and music in general. A super-interesting talk here.

REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS: The Hype Magazine has named SONIC WARRIOR one of “15 Books Worth Adding to Your Early 2020 Reading List.” Library Journal calls Lou’s writing “wonderful” and recommends it hereJewish Journal includes LB on their “20 Books Worth Adding to Your ‘Early 2020’ Reading List.” Other early press mentions for the book include Inside Radio, GetRocked.net, RevenantMedia.com, and numerous blogs. Neal Middleton of Royal Bliss gushes about the book here. Andy Hall of Lazer 103 in Des Moines, Iowa has LB as guest here. Lou speaks with Chelsea of Metal Contraband here. Old friend Wes Styles has LB read a chapter from the book during an interview here. Elwood of Q-Rock 100.7 in Chicago has Lou do a chapter reading on-the-air here. The gang at V100 Topeka interview Lou here. The Afternoon Program on 102.9 The Hog in Milwaukee WI features LB here. Brutus speaks with Sparky from 104.1 The Blaze in Lincoln NB here. Check out the excellent reviews for the book on Goodreads here. Lou chats again with V100 in Topeka here. Check out an awesome interview with Giles Brown of Talk Radio Europe here. The Hard Times names SW to their list “20 Books About Music to Read Until We Can All Go to Shows Again” here. There is a lengthy interview with LB from Metal Insider here. Catch Lou on Happy Hour Live here. Check out a great conversation between Ned of Rock 108 in Iowa on Coffee & Quarantine here. In their review, Rock Titan TV raves, “Just when you think Lou couldn’t possibly have more eye popping experiences. You’d be wrong.” Read it here.

VIDEO: Check out Lou unboxing the first copies of the book as well as give you your initial look at the illustrations here. See LB and Darla the Wonder Dog signing copies here. Watch a reading by LB via Facebook Live on the first of Lou’s Virtual Book Tour stops here. Watch the second virtual tour stop here. There’s another book talk here. There’s a book read followed by a listener Q&A here. Lou walks you though who is in the book’s dedications and why here. LB thanks the team of people behind the book here. Watch as LB does a takeover of the hardDrive Radio Facebook page here. There’s another reading with audience Q&A here.

PODCASTS: Brutus has recently spoken at length about the book on a number of podcasts. Listen here for him on the Welcome to Cooperville podcast. Catch Lou guesting on The Rock Fest Podcast here. He also spoke to The Stylecast with Wes Styles here. LB joined Brando on Appetite for Distortion here. You can hear him speak about the KISS-related topics in the book with Three Sides of the Coin here. Nerdy music talk with The Revelator Show is here. And hear Lou on The Midwest Metal Show here. The Spirit of Radio Podcast features Lou here. LB guests on Honest Brutality here. Lou’s guest slot on Talk Toomey is here. His appearance on the WFOD show is here. The Night Nerd with LB as guest here. Watch Lou on an excellent Rock Titan TV broadcast here. There’s a guest spot on the You can hear Lou on Beyond the Playlist here. Check out LB with the folks from the Metal Injection Livecast here. Brutus takes over the 101.5 Bob Rocks page for a reading here. There’s a guest spot on Thunder Underground here. The Front Row Report presents LB here.

Here’s a complete list of the chapter titles.

“The Time I Attended My First Concert & Threw Up On Carlos Sanchez”
“The Time I Went to the Arctic and Got in A Mosh Pit with A Bunch of Kids in Polar Bear Fur While Metallica Sang About Sodomizing A Goat”
“The Time Snoop Dogg Got Me So High I Drooled in My Own Lap”
“The Time I Escaped the Wisconsin State Police and Their Fake Phallus Felony Enforcement”
“The Time Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Menaced Me with Depraved Violence and I Bottle of Chivas Regal”
“The Time Motley Crue’s Roadies Showed Me the Grossest Thing in the History of Western Civilization”
“The Time Keith Richards Drained the Life Energy Out of My Body Through the Palm of My Hand”
“The Time Our Tour Bus Ran Over A Guy on the NJ Turnpike”
“The Time Stevie Nicks Locked Herself in the Bathroom with My Girlfriend, Which Led Me to Fear I’d Get Whacked by the Mob”
“The Time Gene Simmons of KISS Proved to Be the Hottest Bowler in the Land”
“The Time Frank Zappa Made My Hawaiian Shirt Famous”
“The Time A Pair of Dave Matthews Band Tickets Helped Me to Learn Sensitive Military Information Inside the Situation Room of the White House”
“The Time I Was Peed On by A Famous Rock ‘N’ Roll Dog”
“The Time A Band of Musical Superheroes Dressed Me Up As A Lobster Then Beat Me Up in Front of A Thousand People”
“The Time Dave Grohl Proved Himself the Most Down-to-Earth Rock Star On the Planet”
“The Time I Learned the Horrible Truth About Heavy Metal Feet”
“The Time I Accidentally Became A Rock Star As Well As the Most Hated Man in the State of Michigan”
“The Time Robert Plant Charmed the Shit Out of My Date Because He’s A Rotten, Limey Bastard”
“The Time I Thought My Wife Was Gonna Kill Me Over A Five Finger Death Punch Ring”
“The Time I Was Backstage and It Was Exactly Like What People Think Backstage is Like but Usually Never Is”
“The Time I Rained Vomit Down Upon the Biggest Concert in History”

BRUTUS ON SXM TURBO

Join Lou Brutus was guest host on SiriusXM Turbo. He told numerous stories from the pages of his memoir “Sonic Warrior: My Life As A Rock N Roll Reprobate” and play many of the bands featured in the book. It debuted on Friday May 15th via SXM channel number 41.

However, if you missed it, you can listen to an extended version of the show via SiriusXM On Demand. Lots of extra tunes and stories!