SLIPKNOT AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR

It was a history making event as Slipknot headlined the Iowa State Fair with LB on hand to interview and photograph the band, as well as act as stage emcee.

The group had dreamed of playing the hometown event for twenty-years, but a variety of factors kept them from making happen. However, on Saturday August 10th, 2019, it finally happened. The gig, which occurred the day after the new album “We Are Not Your Kind” was released, was completely sold out with French metal gods Gojira opening the proceedings. Lou was given the honor of announcing the band at this momentous occasion, having been introduced to the crowd by his friend Andy Hall from longtime hardDriveRadio affiliate Later 103.3 in Des Moines. He gave a short, emotional speech on his love for the band and the importance of live music.

Before the show, Lou conducted at 30-minute interview with the band’s Corey Taylor which covered every aspect of the new album and latest tour cycle. He then photographed the concert from the photo pit then ended the night joining the band backstage. In the days leading up to the concert, Brutus drove the diehard maggots into a frenzy with limited-edition stickers commemorating the show featuring the fair’s legendary butter cow, which is literally a cow carved from butter. Droves of fans combed the fairgrounds in search of LB calling out the phrase from the sticker “You can’t see Iowa without the butter cow’s eyes!” The stickers are now completely gone.

THE ROLLING STONES

Brutus was honored to once again photograph The Rolling Stones and spend the evening backstage at their “Stones No Filter Tour.” This latest show was the July 3rd stop at FedEx Field outside of Washington, DC. Lou last joined the band at Twickenham Stadium in London in June 2018. He posted some thoughts regarding the band…

“‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Greatest Rock N Roll Band in the World: The Rolling Stones!’ With that wonderfully boastful declaration the guys showed why they are still on top 57-years after it all first began. Later, I’ll post some show reviews that are more eloquent regarding the current tour than I could be. For now, allow me to say you are out of your head if you miss what could be your last chance to see one of the most significant chapters in the history of popular music. I laugh in the face of people who make jokes about the ages of the Stones members. They’re fools. When you see how Mick Jagger works the stage and the crowd you simply can’t believe it. I couldn’t move like that when I was 16. The guitar interplay between Keith and Ronnie is like few other things you’ll ever hear. It’s a joy. And through it all Charlie Watts sits there like a Rock N Roll sphinx keeping it all together and moving it all forward. Of course, he’s always been the band’s secret weapon. The other musicians, including the legendary Chuck Leavell and Daryl Jones, are spot on. Special mention should also be made of backing vocalist Sasha Allen who gets to shine with Jagger during “Gimme Shelter.” Finally, while the stage production is magnificent, it still comes down to the songs. Every single one will make you crazy and happy and sing and play air guitar. I truly hope you have plans to see #StonesNoFilter. If you don’t, make them. Now.”

LB will look to make other stops on the tour including the final show in Miami on August 31st. In the meantime, you can check out his pics from the tour in the Images of the site as well on his verified social media accounts. Many thanks to Lou’s old-time tour friend MW for the hospitality!

SONIC TEMPLE

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!

ROCK FEST 2019

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!

WMMR 50

Tonight I’ll be attending the 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia 50th anniversary staff reunion. I can safely say that my life would be nowhere without that radio station. My entire career has been built upon a few lucky chances connected to WMMR, a radio station I grew up on in Central New Jersey.

As a teen, I worked theatre sound and lighting at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. It was a fun job and one of the shows we ran was a multi-media extravaganza called “The Rock N Roll Time Machine.” As my sound booth was in the audience, folks would often ask questions after the show. One day, a gentleman began enquiring about the rights to the clips in the program. When I mentioned he sounded like he was in the music biz, he introduced himself as Rod Carson from WMMR. I swear to God that at that moment a voice in my head said, “Opportunity is knocking. Open the door.” I told Rod I listened every day, that I was on my college station, and that I’d love to get my foot in the door. He graciously gave me his card, writing the name Bev Rohan on it. He said to call her and they’d see about an internship. I got it.

The internship was to be three months but they liked me and I interned for over a year before corporate said, “You can’t have him work for free anymore!” I left for several months but after a Grateful Dead show at the Spectrum one night, I stopped by to visit Pierre Robert who was then doing the overnight shift. John DeBella came in to set up his morning show and while he was prepping the phone rang. It was his producer calling in sick. John slammed the phone down and said to Pierre, “I gotta get a real producer for this show!” I jumped up and said, “Hi, John! I’m your new producer!” He laughed and said, “You got balls, kid. Go sleep on the couch and I’ll take you to breakfast when I get off the air.” We ate, talked, and a week later I quit college to move to Philly to start the job.

A few months into the gig, the program director gave me the Saturday night graveyard shift. I wouldn’t be on the air, I’d just be running pre-recorded shows. However, the extra money and responsibility were very welcome. Several weeks later on one of those shifts, the hotline rang. It was Larry Richman who was the DJ due to be on the air at 9am when the recorded shows ended. He said he was sick and likely wouldn’t make it in. I panicked. What would I do? I called the program director George Harris but he was away for the weekend. I then called APD Joe Bonadonna. “Joe, it’s me! Larry’s not coming in and we’re going back live soon. What am I supposed to do?!?!?!?” He very calmly said, “Sounds like you’re getting your big break. I’d tape it if I were you.” Then he hung up. After fighting back the urge to pee in my pants, I started to get organized. When the station went back live at 9am the first song was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” I taped the couple of hours I did before Larry limped in and played it for George the next day. He said, “You sound really good. How would you like some regular weekend shifts?”

And that’s how my career began. Instead of working at small market stations, I started at one of the greatest broadcast outlets in history. I was a teenager rubbing elbows with Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, and the members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. All because of blind fucking luck.

I don’t know who my guardian angel is, but I sure do appreciate them.

And I appreciate my years at WMMR. Whether as an intern, a morning show producer, a weekender, or when I returned in the 90’s as a full-time DJ. It’s an amazing place with amazing people. I will be forever indebted to them for taking my under their wing and teaching me the craft. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tonight.

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.

MAJOR LEAGUE BRUTUS

The 2018 Major League Baseball season is underway and LB returns for his eleventh year as on field photographer for SiriusXM Sports.

HIs first game for the year was at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. However, the horrible spring weather led to postponements at games in both New York and Washington, DC. Coming up, Lou has games on his schedule in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, and both the Yankees and Mets in New York City.

Brutus often combines Rock N Roll with baseball on his travels. When you see him hosting and photographing a concert festival, you can bet he’s also shooting any nearby baseball games, schedule permitting.

ROCK FEST WI 2016

Rock Fest WI returns for 2016 and Brutus will be back to host! The festival goes from July 14 thru July 16 and is again in Cadott, WI.

The three-day festival this year features Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Hollywood Vampires, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Bullet for My Valentine, Skillet, All That Remains, Scott Stapp, In This Moment, Sick Puppies, Highly Suspect, Saint Asonia, Nothing More, Red Sun Rising, Like A Storm, Stitched Up Heart, Art of Dying, Wilson, Wayland, and a ton of others.

It’s LB’s third time as host. Along with his duties as emcee, he’ll also be interviewing and photographing.

The producers of Rock Fest said, “We are honored to welcome Lou Brutus back to our stage. His listeners travel from all over the country to join him here and revel in his love of music. His decades of adventures in the Rock world have made him a living legend.”

Special Edition Brutus merchandise by Dirtbag Clothing will be available exclusively at the festival.

Get info and tickets at Rock-Fest.com.

BACK ON THE ROAD

It was back to the tour life for LB as he traveled the road with Slipknot, Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine, and Motionless in White for the final eight days of the Summer’s Last Stand Tour. Traveling onboard on of the band buses, he was given unfetterd access to photograph the groups both onstage and and off for the gigs Phoenix, Albuquerque, Austin, Houston, and the tour closer in Dallas. While in New Mexico, he also did an exclusive, in-depth interview with The Clown. Many thanks to the bands, crews, and fans for all of the love.

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SUMMER’S LAST STAND

Brutus will once again hit the road with Slipknot, traveling with them for the final week of their “Summer’s Last Stand Tour” which also features Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine, and Motionless in White.

Lou will join up for the Saturday August 29th gig in Phoenix AZ, moving on from there to Albuquerque NM, Austin TX, Houston TX, and the final stop of the tour in Dallas TX.

During the traveling, Brutus has promised to bring his cameras so he can take and post photos city-to city.

To get info on the tour including ticket info, merchandise, and band bios, hit the official Slipknot site here.