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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.
Drummer and drum set (ThinkStock)
Drummer and drum set (ThinkStock)
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Watch an Amazing Drum Solo from the Drummer’s Point of View [Video]

Marco Minnemann is one of those drummers you have to see to believe.  He's insanely technical and the stuff he plays is fantastic.  He's played with tons of people, from Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, to Guthrie Govan and Brian Beller in The Aristocrats, Necrophagist and more!  He even auditioned for Dream Theater after Mike Portnoy left.

Recently, DW drums set up Marco with 7 GoPros and sat him down at a drum kit.  This is what he did:

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Phil’s been M.I.A. – Wayland Tour Blog 3/11/14

I'm really sorry I haven't written a tour log in a few days. I appreciate everyone contacting me asking about them.

It's been crazy in Camp Wayland. There were a few times I sat down to write a log and couldn't figure out where to begin. Ha ha!

Birmingham, Ala., was a fun night and we really bonded with the local opening bands. We were so relieved to play a nice room and a beautiful sound system with a sound guy who knew what he was doing! I swear the building could've caught fire and burnt down around us and we wouldn't have noticed.

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No Autopay
No more autopay for me! (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Michigan Woman’s Automated Car Payment Kept Her Death Hidden for Six Years!

Holy crap, Batman!

I'm turning off all my auto-pay services RIGHT NOW!

A woman died at least SIX YEARS AGO a couple of hours from Grand Rapids, in Pontiac, and no one noticed because her car payment was automatically drafted from her account.  The neighbors thought she was just really quiet and traveled a lot.

Hell, one of them MOWED HER LAWN regularly, to keep the house looking tidy!  While the woman was sitting dead in the back seat of her car in the garage! This is horrifying!

WTF!?

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Gilda's LaughFest
Gilda's LaughFest
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See April Macie-Brad Williams Show at LaughFest with Free Tickets [Video]

Comedians April Macie and Brad Williams have a show at 8 p.m. March 11 at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids.

97.9 'GRD Rocks is offering you a chance to get up to four free tickets to the Gilda's LaughFest performance, which is for ages 21 and older.

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Jackie and We As Human
Jackie and We As Human (photo Johnnie Walker)
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We As Human Rock WGRD Acoustic Before Their Show with Skillet [Video]

Skillet and We As Human rocked the Van Andel Arena last night, but before they rocked the stadium, they came across the street to WGRD to kick some ass on the air with Jackie!

Check out the complete interview with John from Skillet, as well as the complete interview with all the guys in We As Human.

Right here you can watch both the videos we shot for the acoustic songs that We As Human played on the air.  Enjoy!

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Goodbye to Big Fancy – Wayland Tour Log 3/6/14

The show was a lot of fun last night. We had a good set but I was so excited to see Zach Myers, Zack Mack, and Chris Allen play. They killed it. At the end of their set we all went up on stage with them and jammed "Take it Easy" by The Eagles and "The Weight" by a The Band. Those guys are such amazing musicians , it's a true honor to play with them.

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Yngwie Malmsteen-Unleash the Fury World Tour 2006
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Wikipedia Is NEVER Wrong – It Doesn’t Matter What the Truth Is!

Hi, my name is Johnnie, and I'm a disbeliever.

(Hi, Johnnie)

I'm not a skeptic, I've seen some crazy s***, so I know there's a lot of stuff out there we can't explain.

I am a disbeliever.  For example, why do we trust sites like Wikipedia and Snopes?  Who's behind it?  Where did the information come from?  Why should we believe anything written on there?

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European Space Agency Captures Images Of Asteroid Lutetia
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An Asteroid is On Its Way Toward Earth Today – See It Coming at 4pm!

We have less than an hour before an asteroid, NEA DX110, comes close to earth.  How close, you ask?  Closer than the moon, so in space terms, that's like a near miss or something!

The asteroid is between 25 and 30 meters in size, and will pass 10,000 kilometers closer to us than the moon is, but that's still over 350,000 kilometers away.

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Heat Wave! – Wayland Tour Log 3/4/14

Last night really escalated quickly. I would love to have watched through the eyes of an outsider as the shenanigans ensued between us and our pals in Bobaflex. When we get together it's like high school kids who's parents have gone on vacation. We can't wait to break every rule we can think of and have the best time doing so!! Haha! We love those guys, and we love their music.

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Johnnie's imaginary 14 string guitar (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Six String Guitars are for Wimps – This Guy Kicks Your Ass With Fourteen [Video]

Guitars have been heading farther and farther into the extended range for quite a long time now, since Steve Vai popularized the whole 7-string guitar with his Ibanez guitars.  Korn used them in a different way, and tons of bands since have jumped onto the 7, 8, and 9 extended range guitars.  Check out Animals as Leaders...crazy stuff.

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Guns N' Roses And Sebastian Bach Perform At The Joint At The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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Guns N’ Roses ‘Appetite for Democracy’ DVD is Finally Coming Out!

In true GNR fashion, the 3D concert film from Guns N Roses' first Las Vegas residency from 2012 is scheduled for release!  There were teases for the release all last year, and then, suddenly everything went silent.  There were rumors that it actually had to do with the company putting it together, and not Axl.

Just rumors.

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