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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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Exodus ‘Toxic Waltz’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Another band I was really excited to see at Rock on the Range this year was Exodus!  I've seen them a few times, and they always kick serious ass live!  The dual shredding guitars of Gary Holt and Lee Altus (of the fantastic Heathen, too) really make Exodus a force to be reckoned with.

I first saw them before Lee joined the band, and since he's come on board, the band has gotten even better!  And luckily, I got to see Lee Altus briefly after their set and geek out with a picture!

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Introducing a Great Band Called Crobot Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

One of the bands I go the chance to learn about at Rock on the Range 2014 is Crobot.  Don't ask about where the name comes from...it's a story about Crowbars and Robots, and I think a robot girlfriend in the garage...weird story.  Probably best left unanswered.

These guys hit the Jagermeister stage on the second day of Rock on the Range and not only surprised all the people in the crowd with how good they are, but got some serious metalheads wearing Slayer shirts moving and enjoying the show!  That's saying something.

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Iron Maiden and Anthrax Rocking Europe – Let’s Enjoy It Too [Video]

One of my favorite bands of all time is the mighty Iron Maiden!  I've seen them so many times, I've sort of lost count.  I've even taken vacations for the sole purpose of following Maiden on tour around the southwest and seeing as many shows in a week as I could!

I know, weirdo, right?

The photo at the top is one I took in Vegas last year when I followed them to Vegas and then San Bernardino.

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Metallica “The Frayed Ends of Sanity” Live for the First Time Ever [Video]

When Metallica's ...And Justice for All album came out, I was blown away by the music.  The long, crazy songs, the time signature changes, the pure epicness of the entire album was (and still is) freaking amazing!

There are a couple songs on the album that I don't feel have gotten the love they deserve, and "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" is one of them.  This is one (if not the only) song in Metallica's catalog that they've NEVER played live.

Until last night!

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Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Lacuna Coil is a great Italian band I've been listening to since their Unleashed Memories album, and was totally blown away by songs like "Senzafine", "Heir of a Dying Day", and "When a Dead Man Walks", back in 2001.  I've gotten the chance to see them a few times, and they've always delivered a great set, with tons of energy.

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Black Label Society “Godspeed Hellbound” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

So many bands, so many videos, from the three days of awesome that was Rock on the Range 2014!  One band I always love to see live is Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society!  Not just for the awesome shred of Zakk, but also to check out who his co-shredder is on second guitar (Dario Lorina)!

Zakk also writes a lot of really amazing songs, with a lot of artificial harmonics, or "pings" in them.  Check out this live version of a heavy beast, "Godspeed Hellbound" from the Order of the Black album!

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Hamburger Day
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Celebrate National Hamburger Day Today – You Know You Want To

Pretty much every day of the year is some kind of crazy day honoring something.  Sometimes they're things worth honoring, sometimes it's stuff like "Upsy Daisy Day", where people are "encouraged to face the day positively", and other crap like that.

How about "Second Half of the Year Day".  Basically just July 1st, because no one could come up with anything else.  Seriously.

Today is a great day for celebrating, since it's "National Hamburger Day"!

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Slayer “World Painted Blood” and “War Ensemble” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Slayer is one of those bands that inspires ridiculous extreme loyalty in it's fans.  Slayer fans don't say, "Slayer".  They scream it!  They've always been one of my favorite bands to see live, and they just bring a simple performance experience to their fans.  It's just a brutal assault on you, without any frills or silliness.

Tom Araya has a really laid-back, happy demeanor when he's talking with the crowd, making sure everyone is having a good time, and helping each other out, so everyone can have a good time.

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Guns N Roses “It’s So Easy” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

One of the big-name bands around that I've never seen before...Guns N Roses.  Weird, huh?  But I had my chance at Rock on the Range!  Guns headlined Day 1 this year, and took the stage on time.  Hell, I didn't check the exact time, but they might have even gone on a couple minutes early!

No hassle, no delay, just hit the stage hard, and cranked it out for a few hours!

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Theory of a Deadman “So Happy” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Rock on the Range has rapidly become the biggest sort of European-style festival in the U.S., and there are more that are building quickly as well, which is great!  The chance to go to one place and be able to experience so many bands in a short amount of time, covering all different kinds of rock and metal is something the U.S. has been way behind Europe.

Theory of a Deadman hit the main stage at ROTR on Saturday, May 17th, just after 5 in the afternoon, and played a great set, kicking things off with their song, "So Happy".

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Staind ‘It’s Been Awhile’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Rock on the Range has rapidly become the biggest sort of European-style festival in the U.S., and there are more that are building quickly as well, which is great!  The chance to go to one place and be able to experience so many bands in a short amount of time, covering all different kinds of rock and metal is something the U.S. has been way behind Europe.

One of the bands on the main stage during Rock on the Range 2014 was Staind, who have been away again while Aaron Lewis does his solo country music.  They can still rock pretty hard when together, though!

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