The year was 1996. The date was the 4th day of July. The tattered remnants of the hard music community of these once proud United States were clinging to shattered dreams and the nearly forgotten remnants of glory in a rock radio world that had seemingly forgotten how to play things that didn't suck.

It was during these bleak times a radio show burst upon the scene. A radio show that would help put extreme music on the broadcast map. A radio show that would save America itself. The radio show was hardDrive.

Since its birth, hardDrive has become a respected and influential extreme rock (for those you who don't know what this is, suffice to say it's a cross between hard rock and modern rock) radio show in broadcast history. Hosted since its inception by the award winning Lou Brutus, the show has constantly defined what modern hard music is all about. Week after week hardDrive interviews virtually every extreme musician that exists. Nuff said. As long as hardDrive is on the air, U.S. citizens are assured inflation will remain low, American prestige will remain high, and extreme rock music will always have a home.

In February 2007, hardDrive's popularity continued to grow when the show launched a daily daypart, dubbed hardDrive XL - now on the air 5 hours a night, 5 nights a week nationwide and here on Z104.

ABOUT LOU:

Lou Brutus, the son of sideshow circus freaks, was brought into this world in Newark, New Jersey during a fierce thunderstorm while women wailed and jackals howled. Raised on a steady diet of cotton candy and things that dropped out of peoples pockets as they strode the circus midway, Lou received his first taste of hard rock at New York's Madison Square Garden where he bore witness to the original Black Sabbath. Following the show, Brutus gladly sold his soul to Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne in exchange for a career in radio and something to eat that wasn't covered in hay and elephant crap.
 
Lou, who witnessed over 1000 concerts during his life, has travelled the world to bring his listeners first-hand reports from music's greatest moments with broadcasts from North America, Europe, Asia, and the frozen Arctic tundra of Canada where he moshed with Inuit eskimos during a live performance by Metallica.
 
He has no shame and no sense of decency.
 
 
 
 

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  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24

    Monday is better with HARDDRIVE XL! LOU BRUTUS is joined every night this week by featured artist LIVE! Tonight’s special guests is THE PRETTY RECKLESS! We have an all new SMASH OR CRASH at 9 between THE PRETTY RECKLESS and LENNY KRAVITZ! Be sure to cast your … Continue reading

  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25

    Tonight LOU BRUTUS is joined by featured artist of the week LIVE and special guest NICKELBACK! Call Lou with your questions in ASK LOU, toll-free, at 877-MUSIC-11! Keep up with with show news and contests at  www.harddriveradio.com!

  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

    Tonight, LOU BRUTUS is joined by featured artist LIVE along with special guest GODSMACK! Lou has an all-new POETRY CORNER and RANT OF THE DAY! Hit up www.harddriveradio.com to stay on top of everything hardDrive!

  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27

    Happy THANKSGIVING! Tonight on HARDDRIVE XL Lou talks with featured artist LIVE and special guest PAPA ROACH! If you’ve ever wondered how Lou keeps his uni-brow under control, call 877-MUSIC-11 and ASK LOU! Hit up LOU BRUTUS at  www.harddriveradio.com for everything about hardDriveRadio!