Thanks to the voters and members of Radio Contraband for naming Lou Brutus as the Best Nationally Syndicated DJ in America at the Rock Radio Awards in Las Vegas NV.
It was the fifth year for the awards, held this year at Club Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and the fourth year for the Best Nationally Syndicated DJ category. LB has won the award every time it’s been given out. He is now a Grand Champion and is no longer eligible to win the honor.
Chris and Matt Brooks of Like A Storm announced the category and brought Lou, who was also hosting the awards this year, to the stage. He thanked many of the DJs who inspired him including Scott Muni, Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Carol Miller, and Vin Scelsa. Lou was also sure to mention Darla the Wonder Dog.
The show opened with Brutus backed by the members of Shallow Side singing an LB original written just for the night “This Ain’t the Grammys (We Don’t Have to Kiss Pop Music’s Ass Tonight.)” Rachel Lorin also performed during the show.
If you missed the web broadcast you can see it here.
To wrap the year up LB has published his lists of 2016 Sweet 16 songs and 2016 Sweet 16 Albums.
Metallica topped the song list with “Spit Out the Bone” with KoRn, Ghost, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Avatar, Volbeat, Green Day, Gemini Syndrome, Crobot, I Prevail, The Pretty Reckless, A Day to Remember, Highly Suspect, Skillet, and Motionless in White also placing.
“Hardwired…to Self Destruct” from Metallica was Lou’s top album for the year. Other artists with albums on the list include Avenged Sevenfold, Avatar, KoRn, Alter Bridge, Hellyeah, A Day to Remember, Green Day, Chevelle, Volbeat, I Prevail, Megadeth, Highly Suspect, The Pretty Reckless, Killswitch Engage, and Cheap Trick.
Each year, illustrious illustrator Alan MacBain creates an image to be used for Lou’s holiday card. Most years the card’s theme is based upon something from the world of music, film, or television.
The card this year is entitled “Manger Things” and it riffs on the art from one of the advertising posters for the smash-hit from Netflix “Stranger Things.” However, instead of the kids on bikes looking at a damaged bicycles from the original, we have Lou and Darla the Wonder Dog surveying a manger which contains the creature from the show.
These will be sent out to LB’s friends in the media 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.
For the fourth straight year, Lou has been nominated as “Best Nationally Syndicated DJ” in the prestigious Rock Radio Awards from Radio Contraband. Media and music industry members can vote here.
Brutus said, “It is my great honor to again be nominated as ‘Best Nationally Syndicated DJ of the Year’ in the RadioContraband Rock Radio Awards. As the nomination coincides with the twentieth anniversary of my show, it would be marvelous to win. Also, the other nominees all talk shit about you behind your back. No, really! Don’t reward the bastards for it!”
The awards will be given away during Rock Radio Convention 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. LB will return as host of the event. Find out more about the shindig here.
It’s been long rumored that LB is eyeball deep in the legendary Ohio State football-fueled punk rock band Dead Schembechlers. The group has made a career out of savagely attacking the Michigan Wolverines in favor of THE Ohio State Buckeyes. They’ve appeared on HBO, ESPN, ABC-TV and in newspapers around the world including The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, The Sydney Herald, Detroit News, Columbus Dispatch, The London Times, and USA Today.
The band has announced it’s first ever coloring book entitled “Scarlet Submarine.” It tells the story of a pigskin paradise called Buckeyeland overrun by Maize and Blue Weenies led by Coach Hairball. A creature called The O-Where Man escapes the catastrophe in the Scarlet Submarine and enlists the band to reclaim his homeland. The story was written and conceived by lead singer Bo Biafra with graphic blandishment by Alan MacBain. It is now available through the band’s website here.
The group has also announced its Hate Michigan Rally. It will be held in Columbus, OH Friday, November 25 at Ace of Cups, 2619 North High Street. Special guest will be Bava Choco. Show time will be 8pm. Further information is available at DeadSchembechlers.com and AceOfCups.com.
UPDATE: The Hate Michigan Rally is now completely SOLD OUT. The band has added an unprecedented second show. The Michigan Massacre Morning Matinee will star the band at 9AM Saturday November 26th. Tickets on sale here.
Recent band press includes Cleveland.com, The Columbus Dispatch, Maize and Go Blue, Pure Grain Audio, and The Bakersfield Californian. Additional press from Joel Oliphint at Columbus Alive, Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports, Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports, Scout.com, and Andy Downing at Columbus Alive.
Metallica has released their new album “Hardwired…To Self Destruct” on their own Blackened Recordings. To help celebrate, they’ve relaunched their Mandatory Metallica channel on SiriusXM and (once again) brought Lou onboard to program it.
Of the album Brutus said, “It is easily their finest record since ‘The Black Album’ and includes what I feel is one their best songs of all time ‘Spit Out the Bone.’ It’s an honor to be asked by the band and their management to help blast this thing out to all of North America.”
LB has a long history with Metallica going back to the early club days. He has been on hand for many of their most historic performances including The Freddie Mercury Tribute show in London, The Million Man Mosh in Philadelphia, The S&M concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Grimey’s Basement in Nashville TN, and the legendary Molson Ice Polar Beach Party in the Arctic village of Tuktoyaktuk, Canada.
This limited-engagement channel can be heard on SXM 40.
UPDATE: The channel’s run has been extended due to the overwhelming response! You can hear it thru 3AM on Monday November 28th.
First available in limited quantities at RockFest 2016, the Lou Brutus Wall-style t-shirt is now for sale online.
The artwork is by Alan MacBain based upon the “Teacher” character from Pink Floyd‘s “The Wall” as originally designed by Gerald Scarfe.
Pick it up HERE from the official purveyors of Lou’s merch Dirtbag Clothing as well as other Brutus t-shirts, beanies, guitar picks and more.
It was a triumphant return to Sonic Boom 2016 in Janesville, WI. The two day festival on October 1st and 2nd 2016 found LB interviewing and photographing a Who’s Who of hard rock including Disturbed, KoЯn, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Ghost Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Trivium, Parkway Drive, Pierce the Veil, 3 Doors Down, Hellyeah, Motionless in White, Avatar, The Amity Affliction, Dope, Young Guns, Wayland, Skindred, Adelita’s Way, Nonpoint, Crobot, I Prevail, Devil to Drag, and Breech. Gratitude to WJJO for bringing LB in once again to host and hang. Thanks also to the rockers of Wisconsin for all the love!
On September 30, 2016 Lou Brutus made his first ever trip to Green Bay, WI to co-host Edge Fest 2016 with his fellow rockers from Razor 94.7. After a visit to Lambeau Field to pay respects to Vince Lombardi it was over to The Sandlot to interview and photograph Sevendust, Nonpoint, Crobot, Like A Storm, Wilson, and Twelve Foot Ninja. Highlights of the night for LB were bringing Crobot onstage by performing a special rap with the band as well as a heartfelt intro for his friends in Sevendust. Following the show, Lou hopped on the Sevendust bus to hitch a ride to Sonic Boom. Many thanks to those of you in the Green Bay and Appleton area for all the love.
Brutus returned to Shiley Acres, WV to co-host The Hell Pop Tour 2016 with In This Moment, Hellyeah, Shaman’s Harvest, Sunflower Dead, Bleeding Back and Silence the Mind. It was his first trip back to the area since a Hellyeah stop there back in 2014. Major props to the crew at 101.5 Bob Rocks for bringing LB in for the show. Thanks also to Rob Fortenberry Photography for capturing images of Lou on and offstage. Finally, love to the music fans who showed up and set the record for the biggest show ever in the venue’s history.