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.
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 do currently. 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. Those people are 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, moving it 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!
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!
Major League Baseball is back and Lou has returned to the on field photo pits for his 12th straight season.
For Opening Day he was in our nation’s capital getting images of his beloved New York Mets versus the hometown Washington Nationals. The Mets took the game 2-0.
Look for Lou at various stadiums around the league this season. He’s hoping to make some locations he’s never shot before including Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston and St. Louis.
The images are used by MLB Network Radio.
See you at the park!
Happy Birthday messages have been pouring in from around the world for Darla the Wonder Dog!
As his constant companion celebrates her tenth birthday, Lou wants to thank everyone for their love and well wishes. Darla celebrated her big day with breakfast, rubs, a Cheerios snack, more rubs, second breakfast, a nap, lunch, a walk, peanut butter treats, more napping, dinner, another walk and then a birthday party including a custom made “pupcake.”
Later in the evening, Darla took control of Lou’s Twitter feed answering questions from fans before retiring for the evening with more snacks and rubs.
Thanks again to everyone for reaching out to Darla and following the hashtag #aDecadeOfDarla.
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!
Brutus loves taking part in musically themed hashtags on Twitter and so was stoked to be invited by @HashtagRoundup to guest host his own game.
It was Tuesday January 22nd that LB joined up with @MusicalHashtags for #RoadRockers. Basically, it was word play puns mixing automotive terminology with your favorite bands and musicians. Not to be outdone by anyone in the bad pun department, LB led the way when the game began with entries like Avenged Manifold, MiniVan Halen, Linkin Parking Garage, Metallicar, and Pontiac! at the Disco. It got even punnier from there.
The hashtag quickly went to the Top 10 on Twitter worldwide. Many thanks to @RobinDWoskin for the invitation to guest host. Hope you’ll have Lou back again soon!
On January 16, 2019 the music world came together to celebrate the life and music of an artist of great talent and integrity. “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” was held at the Forum in Los Angeles. The show featured performances by members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. There will also appearances from a Who’s Who of the Rock world including Metallica, Foo Fighters, Taylor Momsen, Peter Frampton, Ryan Adams, Josh Homme, Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile, The Melvins, Miley Cyrus, Rita Wilson, and members of Pearl Jam among many others.
While in Los Angeles recording with KISS, LB attended the show and you’ll hear interviews with many of the artists regarding it on upcoming editions of hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus.
KISS Army Radio is coming to SiriusXM to coincide with the kickoff of the band’s “End of the Road Tour.” As a longtime fan and cohort of the band, LB travelled to Los Angeles to spent two-straight days with the band to conduct interviews for the channel.
The interviews were conducted at the KISS rehearsal studios near Hollywood where the band is preparing for their final tour. Lou spent hours with all four band members including Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer. Virtually every facet of KISStory was covered from the pre-fame days up to the preparations for the farewell run.
“I’ve been a KISS Army member since I was a kid back in New Jersey so spending days with the band in a setting like this was a dream come true,” said Brutus.
You’ll hear the band’s words interspersed with the music KISS Army Radio will launch on Monday, February 4 at 5:00 pm ET via satellite on channel 30 and will run through Sunday, February 17. There will also be an exclusive live performance on Monday, February 11 at LA’s famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
The 2018 holiday card from Lou and Darla has been revealed and it may be the best yet!
Based on Ralph Steadman’s “Bats Over Barstow” illustration from Hunter S. Thompson’s landmark novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Lou’s is “Fear and Loathing at the North Pole.” It features he and Darla maniacally sledding through a frozen landscape.
The art was created by LB’s longtime partner in artistic crime Alan MacBain of the Alan MacBain Cartoon Company.
Inside the card the caption reads, “We were somewhere around the Arctic Circle on the edge of the tundra when the eggnog began to take hold. Suddenly there was a terrible HO-HO-HO all around us and the sky was full of what looked like red-nosed reindeer, all swooping and screeching and diving around the sled, which was going about a hundred miles an hour to the North Pole.”
The art can be enjoyed online. A select few physical cards went out to family and friends. Also, as the best way to get Christmas card from someone is to send them card, Lou mailed off cards to a number of listeners who had been kind enough to send to him.