Science fiction-themed music heroes Starset have embarked on their biggest-ever concert swing. The Immersion: Part One Tour is hitting dozens of cities across the United States and Brutus accompanied the band for a number of dates.
One of the unique aspects of the tour is the band’s use of their new phone app. It allows fans to access an augmented reality world during the demonstration. Download it for free wherever you get your apps. We also recommend their graphic novel from Marvel Comics “The Prox Transmissions” as well as the accompanying book.
Other bands on the tour include Palisades, Grabbitz, and Year of the Locust.
Lou traveled with Starset for the demonstrations in Milwaukee WI, Rockford IL, and Fargo ND. He photographed each of the shows and did an in-depth interview with the band’s Dustin Bates. Brutus also gave out free stickers, pins, and guitar picks from he and Darla the Wonder Dog to “messengers” of the group. “What an amazing tour experience. I can’t thank Starset, their crew, and the other groups for making me feel so at home on the tour. Most of all, thanks to Ernie the Wicked Tour Pup…even though he peed on me.”
FACTOID: While Brutus is a lieutenant in the Starset Society, he is outranked by Darla the Wonder Dog who has attained the rank of Major. She was awarded the society’s prestigious Laika Medal for Canine Excellence in Planetary Endeavors in 2016.
Sonic Boom has become one of the preeminent late-season festival concerts in the USA and LB returned to Southern Regional Airport in Janesville WI to cover it again this year.
The 2017 lineup included Rise Against, Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Gojira, Falling In Reverse, Thrice, All That Remains, Theory of A Deadman, Beartooth, Steel Panther, Of Mice & Men, Sleeping with Sirens, Starset, Nothing More, Radkey, Bleeker, Fozzy, Greta Van Fleet, Badflower, As Lions, Ded, Through Fire, Bobaflex, Wayland, Versus Me and Breech.
Lou was onstage as host, backstage interviewing artists and in the photo pit. Thanks to the crew at WJJO for bringing him in again this year for the shindig. Thanks also to legendary music photographer Harry Reese for capturing images of LB doing his thing.
A NOTE FROM LOU: “Many thanks to everyone who helped make my 11th straight Rock On The Range experience a smashing success. The list includes Metallica, Alter Bridge, Starset, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Korn, The Offspring, Motionless In White, Nothing More, The Amity Affliction, As Lions, Beartooth, Biffy Clyro, Bleeker, Ded, Dinosaur Pile Up, Goodbye June, I Prevail, Kyng, Rival Sons, Skillet, Thrice, Stitched Up Heart and many other artists. Thanks also to everyone at Danny Wimmer Presents including Danny, Gary Spivack, Clay Busch and the rest of their splendid folks, as well as the very nice people at MAPFRE Stadium. A tip of the cap also goes to the many radio, record, management and crew folks who treated me like gold. Props as well to the HardDrive Radio crew for the boots on the ground. Finally, and most importantly, thanks to the fans who came out and braved the elements to support live music. The best part of my job is being surrounded by such creative and interesting people. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of each and every one of you.”
As well as the many interviews he conducted, LB also did backstage photos of many of the artists and attendees. He’ll be posting several each day in the weeks following the show.
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!”
Brutus is back on the road Saturday October 18th, 2014 for an incredible night of rock in Springfield MO.
Q102 Rocks the Oasis will feature performances by Aranda, Devour the Day, We As Human, Starset and Shaman’s Harvest. Lou will be onstage as host and in the photo pit as well.
Showtime is 7pm. Get ticket information here. See you there!
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.