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.
Brutus made his first-ever trip to The Gem State of Idaho for a bit of Rock N Roll, baseball and astrophotography.
The main reason for the journey was to host KoRn, Stone Sour and Islander at the recently opened Portneauf Health Trust Amphitheater in Pocatello, ID. LB had long promised his listeners in the area that he’d get out for a visit when the stars aligned correctly with scheduling. The gig was a massive success with fans from Eastern Idaho, Montana and Wyoming showing up by the thousands. When Lou wasn’t onstage hosting or in the photo pit getting images, he was wading through the crowd handing out Darla the Wonder Dog pins.
The day before the concert, Brutus threw out the first pitch at the Idaho Falls Chukars victory over the visiting Grand Junction Rockies. Sadly, Lou was caught scuffing the ball before the pitch and was ejected from the game by stadium officials. However, he did get to keep the ball which he had signed by each member of the three bands playing the concert the following day.
Finally, Brutus was fortunate enough to make a trip a very remote park of great natural beauty: City of Rocks National Monument. He arrived shortly before dark and was able to capture images of the Milky Way under the pristine, light pollution-free skies along the Idaho/Utah border.
LB summed up by saying, “I can’t thank the rockers of Idaho enough for their many years of listening and for coming out to support live Rock N Roll. Much love also to my friends at K-Bear 101 and my buddy Viktor Wilt for all of the hospitality. I hope to get back out again soon for both music and your beautiful night skies!”
Read up on the show and Lou’s visit with the East Idaho news here.
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.
In a whirlwind weekend of Rock, LB flew into Los Angeles from the East Coast to get an exclusive listen to the new Stone Sour album.
The band had invited him to come out anytime during the recording process of “Hydrograd.” Realizing things were about to finish, Lou hopped on a plane on a Saturday morning, landed and went directly to the studio. He spent six hours with the band and the staff of Sphere Studios L.A. listening to the record, taking photos, and conducting an interview with Corey Taylor. The one-on-one chat covered the album, upcoming tour with KoRn, and band’s return to Rock Fest Wisconsin.
After his time with the band, Lou returned to directly to the airport and flew home at dawn. Twelve hours in the air for fifteen hours on the ground in total!
Listen for the interview material on hardDrive with Lou Brutus and see the photos on his social nets. You can also relive the whole trip using the #BrutusInLaLaLand hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks to the band, the crew and the studio for the hospitality. Extra thanks to the band’s photographer Stubs for grabbing images of LB’s visit!
“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!
Brutus was there in Baltimore MD for The Nightare After Christmas Tour 2011. He was backstage in the dressing rooms to speak with all the bands including Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Hollywood Undead and New Medicine. Check out the backstage photos in the Rogues section of the Rogues Gallery.
Brutus also got shots in the photo pit of each of the groups that night. You can find in the Music section of the Rogues Gallery here on the site.
It’s New Year’s Day which means it’s time for the official “Lou Brutus Top Ten for 2010!”
10. Rob Zombie “Werewolf Women of the SS”
09. Alter Bridge “Isolation”
08. Nonpoint “Miracle”
07. Avenged Sevenfold “Welcome to the Family”
06. Godsmack “Cryin’ Like A Bitch”
05. Sevendust “Unraveling”
04. Anew Revolution “Head Against the Wall”
03. Disturbed “Another Way to Die”
02. Five Finger Death Punch “Bad Company”
01. Stone Sour “Say You’ll Haunt Me”
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!
Lou was in Minneapolis MN for Rockstar Uproar when the tour began and he was there when it all ended in Madison WI. “I thought it was an amazing array of talent both new and old,” said Brutus. “I loved every second of every set.”
Brutus was in the photo pit for the mainstage bands including Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed. We’ve posted the pictures in the Music folder of the Rogues Gallery section of this site!