FARE THEE WELL

The 4th of July weekend will find Brutus back in Chicago at Soldier Field for the Fare Thee Well performances by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead.

Lou was actually at Soldier Field on July 09, 1995 when the Dead made their final appearance with lead guitarist Jerry Garcia who passed away a few weeks after the the concert.

Though it surprises some, LB is a grizzled veteran of over 125 Grateful Dead shows including his very first when the band played in his tiny hometown of Englishtown, NJ.

ROCKFEST 2015

It’s a return to the legendary ROCK FEST in Cadott WI for Lou Brutus! He’s been invited to once again host the main stage, July 16th thru the 19th.

The lineup this year includes Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, Judas Priest, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, Bush, Hinder, Killswitch Engage, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Finger Eleven, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Jackyl, Nothing More, Starset, Islander, Nickelback Shamans Harvest, New Medicine, Coldspell, Bobaflex, Royal Bliss, Otherwise and many others. Over 50 bands in all!

Tickets are going fast and are available at Rock-Fest.com.

Brutus is printing special guitar picks, pins, and stickers for the event which he’ll be handing out for free. Be sure to find him and say, “Hey!”

PREPARE FOR HELL

Even acting as host at Knotfest wasn’t enough for LB of his favorite band, so he’s mades the rounds at various stops around the country on the Prepare for Hell Tour featuring Slipknot, KoRn and King 810.

Lou has posted dozens of shots from backstage and onstage via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He also had a portrait shot done with the band in Baltimore MD by Rob Fortenberry Photography. You can see a few small examples below. However, we urge you to follow Brutus on his socials for lots more!

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2014 KNOTFEST

It was an incredible weekend of rock as Slipknot, Lou’s favorite band, returned to the concert stage with a vengeance and over 50,000 fans in tow for Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA.

The trip was insane for LB as he interviewed dozens of artists backstage including Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, In This Moment, Nothing More, Otep, Miss May I, Killswitch Engage, Avatar, HellYeah and many others. He was also honored to be onstage announcer and host of the world wide webcast, seen by millions of Maggots around the planet.

While backstage, Lou was also guest on the Roadrunner Records podcast with Mark Abramson. You can give it a listen here. We expect LB to guest again on it early in 2015.

Brutus extends his sincere thanks to Slipknot, 5B Management, Roadrunner Records, John Reese and the crew at GTV. Massive props also go to Rob Fortenberry Photography for shadowing Lou throughout the event and getting incredible images!

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Knotfest

It will be the sickest event of the year: Knotfest!

Lou has been invited to co-host the event onstage so look for him the weekend of October 25 and 26 with Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Nothing More, Hatebreed, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Miss May I, and many others.

He’ll also be in the photo pits so look for images online throughout the weekend via Lou on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine.

You’re insane if you miss this. Ticket info here.

SONIC BOOM

On September 13th 2014, Brutus was onstage to host the first ever Sonic Boom festival in Janesville WI. It featured performances from A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, Motionless in White, All That Remains, Devour the Day, Avatar, Nonpoint, Starset, and a ton of others.

As Lou hadn’t slept in a few days, he got a little weird and insisted on wearing a rubber horse head for much of the day, both onstage and backstage. Some of those images are below.

Thanks to Randy Hawke, Bonnie Oleson and the crew at WJJO in Madison WI for the love.

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MUSIC AS A WEAPON 5

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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.

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NIGHTMARE AFTER CHRISTMAS

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.

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XMAS EVE SLIPKNOT MADNESS

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!