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Congratulations to Ray Silva: Knotfest Trip Winner

Congratulations to Ray Silva, the lucky guy who won the trip to San Bernardino, Calif., to check out Knotfest!  

He's a huge Corey Taylor fan, and missed seeing Stone Sour, but is really excited to check out Slipknot!

He's also stoked for Black Label Society and Volbeat...man, this guy's missed a lot of shows this year!

Be prepared, Ray, you're going to smell like sh** when you come back.

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Michael Poulsen of Volbeat Talks to WGRD About Music, Guest Musicians, and Touring the U.S.

This Sunday, right before the Five Finger Death Punch/Volbeat/Hellyeah/Nothing More show, I got the opportunity to meet and talk with Michael of Volbeat.  He's a really nice guy, and took time to sit down with me during another band's sound check to talk music.

Hailing from Denmark, Volbeat has really taken the rock and metal world by storm, with a string of hit songs, including, "Fallen", "Still Counting", "A Warrior's Call", "Lola Montez", "Dead But Rising", and "The Hangman's Body Count".

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for September 26

Each Friday, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” replaces its regular “back-with” music with songs from our own music collections.

They can be anything, from corny mash-ups, rock, country, mid-Michigan '70s butt rock or anything in between.

Here’s the list of Music Friday songs from today:

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Five Finger Death Punch Returned to Grand Rapids with an Amazing Show

After Nothing More and Hellyeah cranked things up loud to kick off the night, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch hit the stage to destroy Grand Rapids!

After Volbeat rocked the sold-out crowd at the Deltaplex, Five Finger Death Punch was up next...and they didn't disappoint Grand Rapids!

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Volbeat Crushed Grand Rapids at the Deltaplex with Five Finger Death Punch

After Nothing More and Hellyeah cranked things up loud to kick off the night, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch hit the stage to destroy Grand Rapids!

I've been looking forward to seeing Volbeat, since I've gotten screwed out of seeing them before, so I was really excited.

The band hit the stage with a cool cemetery stage setup, and the PA seemed to get even louder than it had been before!

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Hellyeah Rocked Grand Rapids with Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch

After Nothing More hit the stage first at the Deltaplex last night, to rock the sold-out crowd, Hellyeah cranked things up even louder before, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch!

There's a feeling right before a band hits the stage that's really cool...the buildup, the anticipation...then you hear the noises from the guitars as the musicians make sure things are working, and then the lights go down.

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Nothing More Rocked the Deltaplex on Sunday Night September 21st

Nothing More hit the stage first at the Deltaplex last night, to rock the sold-out crowd, and warm things up for Hellyeah, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch!

These guys hit the stage hard, and keep the energy pretty high during a longer, headlining set, so their half-hour set last night was probably easy for them!  They came out and rocked it hard, blasting through great songs from their first album, including "Mr. MTV", "This is the Time (Ballast)", "Christ Copyright", and "Salem".

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Rolf Brenner/ThinkStock
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for September 19

Each Friday, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” replaces its regular “back-with” music with songs from our own music collections.

They can be anything, from corny mash-ups, rock, country, mid-Michigan '70s butt rock or anything in between.

Here’s the list of Music Friday songs from today:

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Johnnie’s Throwback Thursday – Meeting Nothing More in April

This weekend is the big Volbeat/Five Finger Death Punch/Hellyeah/Nothing More show at the Deltaplex, and I'm really excited about this show!

In case you hadn't heard, the show sold out, so keep listening for a chance to win some tickets to the show, and your chance to meet the bands!  We still have a couple tickets floating around, looking for a home with you.

The opening band is the fantastic Nothing More, and we first got to meet the guys when they came to town in April.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Slash Talks Coffee Spills, Gene Simmons, Michael Jackson, Clown Music [Audio/Video]

We were once again joined on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" today by rock legend Slash.

The legendary guitarist, formerly of Guns N' Roses, is currently playing with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The band just released its latest album and single, "World on Fire."

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The Orbit Room’s Future Uncertain As Longtime Manager Ted Smith Departs for HopCat Detroit

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins
Less than a year after the death of The Orbit Room owner Don Dorshimer, the future of the longtime Grand Rapids concert venue is up in the air now that manager Ted Smith is leaving to head up booking at the new HopCat in Detroit.

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A Day To Remember Brought the Devastation to Grand Rapids at the Deltaplex

Monday night, A Day to Remember and Bring Me the Horizon hit the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids, bringing along Chiodos and Motionless in White for a big show on the Parks and Devastation tour!

A Day to Remember hit the stage with some really cool staging, of trees, rocks, a camp fire, and the band's faces on Mount Rushmore on a huge backdrop!

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