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.
“You’re Making Me Hate You” is the new book by one of Lou’s favorite human beings, Slipknot and Stone Sour lead singer, Corey Taylor.
Corey is embarking on a solo tour that will include readings from the book along with music. He’s also invited Lou to host a special event.
On Wednesday July 8th, Bryant Park in New York City will feature Corey and Lou as part of their venerable Word for Word author series.
No one is quite sure exactly what these two have cooked up for the event but, rest assured, it will be different.
Attendance for this even is free and runs from 12:30pm to 1:45pm.
Hit Bryant Park’s site here.
To find out more about Corey Taylor’s entire book tour, as well as all the other magnificent madness in his career, go here.
UPDATE: The event was sick! Thanks to all!
The Lou Brutus holiday card for 2014 has been unveiled.
Once again, the artwork has been created by Lou’s longtime partner in artistic crime Alan MacBain of The Alan MacBain Cartoon Company.
This year the theme is Guardians of the Holiday with Lou and his beloved Darla the Wonder Dog joined by a bevy of rock star friends in a scene from the Guardians of the Galaxy film poster.
Brutus takes the Star Lord postion while Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is Gamora, Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch is Drax the Destroyer and Jim Root of Slipknot stands in as Groot. A snarling Darla fires a laser a la Rocket Raccoon.
The cards are only sent out to friends and family of Lou’s. However, a very small amount of them will be made available to fans through LB’s social networks. Keep your eyes on the official Lou Brutus Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Good Luck!
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!
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!
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.
In honor of Slipknot regrouping for live shows next Summer, Lou Brutus dipped into his private collection of rock goodies for some holiday treats.
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!