Wanna see some of the coolest and rarest music memorabilia in the history of Western Civilization? Check out @LouBrutus on TIKTOK! He’s primarily using his account to post pieces from his fabled collection of concert and music industry souvenirs. Hit the links to see a mask from Paul Gray of Slipknot, a guitar signed by all four original members of Motley Crue, an autographed makeup kit from Mudvayne, a hand-decorated tambourine from Stevie Nicks, an original 1976 “Destroyer” poster autographed by all of KISS, a backstage sign from the Molson Polar Ice Beach Party tagged by both Metallica and Veruca Salt, as well as a Jim Root stage guitar from the first Slipknot tour that’s been signed by all nine members. There are tons of other vids and Lou is adding several new ones each week. Follow his account here.
Brutus will be taking time over the holiday season to further organize this collection of ticket stubs, backstage passes, laminates, set lists, posters, guitar picks, and the other music memorabilia. He estimates there are more than ten thousand individual pieces all told. The plan is to present a proposal in January 2023 to publishers for a coffee table book of the pieces entitled One Man – Three Thousand Concerts: The Greatest Collection of Rock N Roll Shit in History. Interested publishers can reach out directly to Lou’s agent in the literary world Bob Diforio of the D4EO Literary Agency here.
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.
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.
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.
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.