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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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Mesquite Wood-Grilled Salmon, my favorite!
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Check Out Logan’s Roadhouse for Amazing Food! [Sponsored]

You've probably heard me talking about Logan's Roadhouse recently, hinting that their 2 for $14.99 is a fantastic deal.  Well, the nice people at Logan's invited me over for lunch today, so I could sample some of these meals, and since I love that place and their rolls, I didn't even hesitate!

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Five Finger Death Punch Guitar Rig Tours [Video]

Five Finger Death Punch is coming to town on September 21st with Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More!  The show is at the Deltaplex, and it's going to be an amazing night, with some really great, and loud bands!

Get ready for the show with these rig tours of both Zoltan's and Jason's gear.  They show you the guitatrs they're using, the amps, effects and cabs.  I love me some gear porn!

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Heaven's Basement
Heaven's Basement's Aaron Buchanan (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Heaven’s Basement Singer Does Clapping Crowd Handstands at Rock on the Range [Video]

Heaven's Basement is a great English band, and you've heard the songs "Fire, Fire" and "Nothing Left to Lose" here on GRD.  You might have even seen them at Rock on the Range this year!

If you did, then you got to see a really cool crowd surfing thing the singer Aaron does, where he jumps into the crowd, does a handstand, and then leads the clapping during the song!

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Suicidal Tendencies ‘Possessed to Skate’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

I've never had the chance to see Suicidal Tendencies live before Rock on the Range 2014, and I was stoked to finally get my chance!  They're one of those classic bands, that even if you're not the biggest fan in the world, you have to check out.  Mike Muir is an absolute maniac on the stage, and I don't know where he gets the energy or the stamina to move around the stage as much as he does!

Maybe as he gets older, he'll skateboard around the stage...that would be awesome!

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Avatar’s ‘Vultures Fly’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

I wasn't too sure about seeing Avatar before Rock on the Range began this year, since I hadn't really been super excited about some of the things I'd seen online from the band.  I can happily claim to have been wrong about this band.  The Jagermeister stage area was freaking PACKED with people for Avatar, and when they took the stage, I learned why.

They're a really good live band, and they brought a lot of energy to the crowd, and blasted through a great set!

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Lee Altus
Lee Altus and Johnnie
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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 live
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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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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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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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