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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.
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Did Courtney Love Murder Kurt Cobain? New Documentary Thinks So [Video]

Back when Kurt Cobain died, things were instantly released that it was a suicide.  A lot of people just accepted what happened and moved on to the honoring of the guy, but some involved in the case weren't so sure.

One of them was the private detective hired by Courtney Love.  He has serious suspicions about his client.

Like it was HER that murdered Kurt.

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Johnnie and Wayland
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Wayland’s Interview on WGRD Before Their Big DVD Shoot at the Intersection [Video]

On Friday, April 4th, the Wayland guys came by the GRD studios to hang out, talk about their world, and get everyone stoked for the show at The Intersection on April 5th.

We covered a lot of ground here.  Everything from Wayland Warriors taki

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Bush, Chevelle And Filter Perform At The Joint At The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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Johnnie Walker Interviews Sam from Chevelle About ‘La Gargola’ and New Tour [Video]

I got the privilege of talking with Sam, the drummer for Chevelle a couple of weeks ago, and we talked about the new album "La Gargola" that was released on April 1st, and their upcoming tour.

Early in the interview we learned what Pete means when he said he "got Sam and electric drum kit".

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Celebrate! For Today is National Beer Day!

Today is National Beer Day...and while it's not an official holiday where we'd get the day off (it totally should be), it's a great day, celebrating an actual good law.

Never thought you'd hear about a good law, right?

It's the Cullen-Harrison Act, and allowed people to sell and drink beer again!  Sometimes politicians get it right.  Rarely enough that Holidays are celebrated when they do!

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Iced Earth – Sabaton – ReVamp Kicked Ass at The Intersection on April 4th [Video/Photos]

This has been a great weekend of music so far in Grand Rapids!  Last night was the fantastic Wayland show, and I had an amazing time!

Friday night was another show I've been looking forward to for a while now, another chance to see Iced Earth!  Also on the bill, one of my favorite bands, Sabaton!  And opening the show, a great band called ReVamp.

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Wayland Rocked a Sold Out Intersection Saturday Night [Photos]

Thanks to an amazing Grand Rapids turn out, Wayland got rock their hometown at the sold out Intersection on Saturday night!  You guys all jammed into the place to make some noise and support some local boys done good!

There were a lot of great local bands on the bill:

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WGRD Behind the Scenes with Wayland at The Intersection [Video]

Wayland's show at The Intersection was absolutely amazing last night, thanks to you, Grand Rapids!  You guys came to rock and completely sold out the show!  The guys in Wayland are so happy, and so are we here at GRD!

We got hang with the guys to bring you some fun behind the scenes stuff from the show, so you can see deeper in to the world of Wayland, and how hard they work to prepare for you guys!

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Wayland Rocks ‘Welcome to My Head’ Live at WGRD! [Video]

The guys from Wayland stopped by the 97.9 WGRD studios to talk about their crazy tour life, some things we couldn't share on the air and get everyone pumped for their show at The Intersection on April 5 -- Saturday.

Get out to the show and make your appearance on their DVD, and just enjoy some great kick-ass rock!

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Slipknot In Concert - Sydney
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This is Why the News Media Totally Sucks at Their Job [Rant]

The Fort Hood shooting spree Wednesday was a terrible thing. It's always bad that these things happen. Our thoughts go out to all the families of those affected by this tragedy.

As if the incident wasn't bad enough, why does the news media add stupid crap in the following days. Like the latest news story from ABC News.

Their focus in the first half of the new story: That the shooter was a fan of Slipknot.

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Jake E. Lee Shows How to Really Play ‘Bark at the Moon’ [Video]

"Bark at the Moon" is one of those classic Ozzy Osbourne songs that pretty much every cover band plays.  
And, according to Jake E. Lee, is pretty much played wrong.

It'll sound good the way everyone plays it, but in this video, Jake shows you how he wrote it, and why.

Don't worry if your fingers don't do that. Most people's don't.

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