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Johnnie Walker

I've never been good at filling these things out, but here it goes. I like long walks in cold mountain air, preferably with snow on the ground. I enjoy drinking fine soda by the crackling fire, and deep tissue massage. I hope to one day grow up an become and astronaut, so I can fly to Venus to see if that's really where women come from. If it's true, I'll bring one back for you, too. Unless it's a dude you want, and then you're out of luck...sorry. My favorite month is October, because Halloween is the best holiday ever! It allows me to openly proclaim my love and obsession with scary movies without being seen as some sort of lunatic. Okay, not too much of a lunatic. I'm a huge fan of rock and metal music, and you'll often hear me blasting the control room speakers into oblivion every night during my show. My engineer doesn't like me very much, since he has to fix them. Sorry, Mike.
Godsmack Performs At The Pearl At Palms Casino Resort
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Watch Parts 1 and 2 of Godsmack’s Tour Diary Videos

Godsmack has hit the road with Seether, Pop Evil and more on the Uproar Tour, and the band continues to put out really cool web videos for us!

Check out the first couple tour videos from the road, as the band headlines the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  Including a bit of drinking, some pyro rehearsal outtakes, motorcycle giveaways, go karting, and more!

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The Best Fest Presents GEORGE FEST An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Weird Al Movie Shows the Real Weird Al Life Story

Weird Al Yankovic has become such a phenomenon over the decades since he began making parody songs, and playing his accordion.  But has his story ever been truly told?

Not it will be.

Every single moment of this movie is based on complete fact.  There's no way even a single word of it has been altered in any way.

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Woman in Black - Moscow Premiere
OK, he doesn't look very scary here, ... but look inside! (Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)

Halloween Horror: The Movie ‘Horns’ Looks Really Cool [Video]

We're into my favorite month of the year, since we get Halloween at the end of it!

I usually take October to watch as many horror movies as I can, and see if there are any new ones coming out to go see.

On Oct. 29, "Horns" comes out, and it looks pretty good.

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2011 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Black Veil Brides Release Studio Videos Recording Their Latest Album

Black Veil Brides hit the studio earlier this year to record their self-titled fourth album with the legendary Bob Rock at the controls.  I mean, why wouldn't you want the guy who helped create Metallica's Black Album making your record?  That thing sounded freaking amazing!

Over the last couple of months, the Black Veil Brides have been releasing studio recording videos, showing the whole process for the new album, and talking about some of the cool things they got to do on this one.

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Halestorm rocking 5/3 Ballpark, August 28, 2014 (photo Johnnie Walker)

Watch Halestorm’s Recording Diary Part 2

Lzzy and the guys in Halestorm are in the studio, working on their third album...well, it's a church that they're using for a studio...and they've just released the second part of the behind the scenes of the recording process.

This video covers the second week of recording, and some of the things they're trying in the church/studio, including recording in the basement, singing tons of f-bombs while facing a giant cross, playing tiny guitars, and more!

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Ray Silva WGRD

Congratulations to Ray Silva: Knotfest Trip Winner

Congratulations to Ray Silva, the lucky guy who won the trip to San Bernardino, Calif., to check out Knotfest!  

He's a huge Corey Taylor fan, and missed seeing Stone Sour, but is really excited to check out Slipknot!

He's also stoked for Black Label Society and, this guy's missed a lot of shows this year!

Be prepared, Ray, you're going to smell like sh** when you come back.

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The Big 4 - Metallica. Slayer. Megadeth. Anthrax.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Watch Pantera’s ‘Mouth For War’ Live from Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise Last Weekend [Video]

When Megadeth was unable to perform on Motorhead's Motorboat cruise this past week, some of the other bands, and some Megadeth guys decided to create the "Metal Alliance", and perform a bunch of covers on the cruise.

Mike Portnoy, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Rex Brown, Phil Anselmo, Chris Broderick, Scott Ian and more got together and rocked the ship with covers from Journey through Pantera!

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Coffee in takeaway cup with beans

Today is National Coffee Day – Get All Caffeinated and Crazy!

In case you missed it, today is National Coffee Day!  So if you love the roasted bean thing, call it "black gold", or whatever, this is your day!

Head over to your favorite coffee joint, say hi to your barista (I still don't think "barista" is an actual thing), and order your favorite caffeinated drink in whatever language they make you speak in their store.

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Three Days Grace in Grand Rapids
photo Johnnie Walker

Three Days Grace Unleashes Lyric Video for ‘I Am Machine’

This is called a lyric video, but it's all band performance in the studio, too, so I'm thinking of it as the video for the song, that happens to have the lyrics on the screen, too.

Its the latest song from Three Days Grace, getting us ready for their new album, due out early 2015.

The band says this is an aggressive set of songs they've been recording for the new album, and that their new singer, Matt, has really grown in the songwriting, and is really sounding great with the band.  

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Grand Rapids

Michigan Ranks Near Bottom of Happiest States in the U.S.? I Blame Detroit!

Wallet Hub has released the list of U.S. states in order of "happiness," and Michigan shows up at 43rd out of 51!

Wait, 51? WTF? Oh, they counted the District of Columbia as it's own state maybe hoping to throw things off.  

But they should have realized that all the rich politicians would be super happy with their lives, and show up as high as they did.

But what happened to Michigan? Why are we so low on the list?

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Michael Poulsen of Volbeat Talks to WGRD About Music, Guest Musicians, and Touring the U.S.

This Sunday, right before the Five Finger Death Punch/Volbeat/Hellyeah/Nothing More show, I got the opportunity to meet and talk with Michael of Volbeat.  He's a really nice guy, and took time to sit down with me during another band's sound check to talk music.

Hailing from Denmark, Volbeat has really taken the rock and metal world by storm, with a string of hit songs, including, "Fallen", "Still Counting", "A Warrior's Call", "Lola Montez", "Dead But Rising", and "The Hangman's Body Count".

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