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The Offspring and Rise Against to Headline 2014 Chill on the Hill Festival in Sterling Heights

The Detroit-area festival Chill on the Hill is back for its second year, and organizers have revealed that The Offspring and Rise Against will headline the two nights Sept. 6 and 7 at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heightsh.

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Three Days Grace Rocked Grand Rapids at The Orbit Room on April 24th

Thursday night, April 24th, Three Days Grace and Framing Hanley came to Grand Rapids to rock the Orbit Room in front of a packed house!  Framing Hanley rocked the crowd with a nice long set of songs, getting the crowd really pumped up for the return of Three Days Grace to Grand Rapids.

Three Days Grace came out with the intent to show everyone in Grand Rapids why they're such a great band.

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Framing Hanley Rocked Grand Rapids at the Orbit Room with Three Days Grace

Thursday night, Three Days Grace came to Grand Rapids to rock the Orbit Room with Framing Hanley!  WGRD was there to...well, to rock and have a few drinks, to be honest...and to capture the night for those who couldn't make it!

If you haven't seen or heard Frami

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Three Days Grace Sound Check Party
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Check Out Video and Photos from the Three Days Grace Sound Check Party

The guys in Three Days Grace and WGRD hosted a fun sound check party for everyone who won tickets to the show on the air with GRD before the show, and they band even brought pizza!  What could be more awesome than getting exclusive access to watch the band prepare for their show, and hang out with them and get autographs and pictures?  Free pizza, too!

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Three Days Grace: Soundcheck at The Orbit Room!

Three Days Grace is rockin' The Orbit Room tonight!

Framing Hanley is also on the metal card, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

It's part of a three-day stay in Michigan for the veteran Toronto metal band.

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Morbid Angel
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Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus and The Faceless Confirmed for 2014 Summer Slaughter Tour

The annual Summer Slaughter tour has long earned the distinction to call itself "the most extreme tour of the year." Every year, we look forward to learning the lineup for Summer Slaughter, and once again, the news has placed Chelsea grins on our metalhead faces.

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Nothing More Performs Live at WGRD Studios – ‘I’ll Be Okay’ and ‘This is the Time’

Nothing More is a great band from Texas (my home state), and they came through town on Monday as one of the openers for the Chevelle show at The Orbit Room.  They also stopped by the station to meet some winners and play a couple songs for us in their special "acoustic" format.

These guys do their acoustic thing a bit different from most.

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Second Annual GR8 Bit Live Goes Down on May 3

Video game music FTW!

No, I am not talking about plugging in your old-school game carts and jamming to some 8-Bit music. This is an awesome onslaught of video game music performed LIVE, and yes, it is as cool as it sounds.

Performing at GR8 Bit will be Playing with Power, Super Guitar Bros and The X-Hunters, with proceeds going to the kids at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital!

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Kings of Leon Announce Summer Tour

Slur-rock giants Kings of Leon just announced the dates for a summer amphitheater tour.

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Middle Class Rut rocks The Orbit Room on Monday night. (Photo: Johnnie Walker/97.9 WGRD)
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Middle Class Rut Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Video/Photos]

Middle Class Rut was the second band to play during the Chevelle concert on Monday night, with Nothing More opening the show.  

These two dudes jumped on stage and rocked with a lot of energy, with a huge sound for two guys being the only ones up there. They had some backing tracks going to fill things out, but they weren't playing too loud.

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Nothing More Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Videos/Photos]

Nothing More is a great band from Texas, and right now they're on tour with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut.  

The guys stopped by the 'GRD studios Monday before their show at The Orbit Room to play for a few WGRD Freeloaders Club winners and the staff, and then joined Jackie on the air to talk about the show.

Their "acoustic" setup is a bit different from most, as they run everything through a computer using Ableton Live to run effects and patch changes. They play the songs live, but the computer controls the sounds.  It's pretty bad ass, actually, and the audio I recorded is fantastic!

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Chevelle live show
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Chevelle Rocked The Orbit Room [Video/Photos]

Chevelle brought their tour for "La Gargola" to Grand Rapids yesterday, with Middle Class Rut and Nothing More making a lot of noise in The Orbit Room.  

It was a really cool day, with a visit from Nothing More here at the 'GRD studios, the awesome meet-and-greet soundcheck party with Chevelle that afternoon and then the show!

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