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WGRD Behind the Scenes with Wayland at The Intersection [Video]

Wayland's show at The Intersection was absolutely amazing last night, thanks to you, Grand Rapids!  You guys came to rock and completely sold out the show!  The guys in Wayland are so happy, and so are we here at GRD!

We got hang with the guys to bring you some fun behind the scenes stuff from the show, so you can see deeper in to the world of Wayland, and how hard they work to prepare for you guys!

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Wayland Rocks ‘Welcome to My Head’ Live at WGRD! [Video]

The guys from Wayland stopped by the 97.9 WGRD studios to talk about their crazy tour life, some things we couldn't share on the air and get everyone pumped for their show at The Intersection on April 5 -- Saturday.

Get out to the show and make your appearance on their DVD, and just enjoy some great kick-ass rock!

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Ned and Johnnie Torture Themselves with Ghost Chilis – Jimmy’s Roadhouse Devil Sauce [Video]

The nice guys from Jimmy's Roadhouse in Newaygo stopped by today with some food, and they told us about their Devil Sauce Challenge.  They have you eat 10 wings in 10 minutes, and then you have to sit for another 5 minutes.

Ned and I did the wuss version, where we dipped our single wing in the sauce to see if we'd survive.  Jackie chickened out completely.

Luckily, I eat quite a bit of hot stuff.

Ned doesn't.

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Johnnie's Mail Bag
Johnnie's Mail Bag of goodies for you!
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Johnnie Digs into His Mail Bag – It’s Like Christmas Day with Stuff for You!

My desk gets buried in mail sometimes.

Okay, a lot.

New music, stuff to give away to you guys, random weirdness I didn't know was even out there, magazines I don't read or subscribe to…

Today was a good mail day, as I scored some cool stuff we can give away!  Find us when we're out and about and we'll hook you up!

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Chevelle In Concert At The Hard Rock In Las Vegas
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Chevelle Drummer Sam Talks to WGRD About La Gargola, Touring, and Road Food

Today, I got to talk with Sam from Chevelle about their new album, the upcoming tour, even road stink, road food, and Pete's idea of how he does things!

Chevelle's new album "La Gargola" comes out on April 1st, and they're currently rehearsing for the tour, so that seemed

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Crank Up the New Metallica Demo – The Lords of Summer Garage Demo Version and Live!

Metallica has been talking about working on a new album for a while, and they've actually gotten started!  Jackie played for you the demo of the first song, "The Lords of Summer"!

No telling if this song will make the album, or in what form!  Different lyrics, rearranged...we will have to wait and see.

But for now, check out Metallica's official "Garage Demo" of the song, and a 10 camera edit of the first live performance of the song!

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Sabaton at the Battle of San Bernardino (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Get Your Metal on at The Intersection on April 4 with Iced Earth, Sabaton and Revamp

There are a lot of great shows coming to the GR area, and one I'm really looking forward to is the Iced Earth show on April 4th!  They're going to wreck The Intersection with another one of my favorite bands, Sabaton!  And the Uber-gorgeous Floor Jansen is on the bill with her band Revamp, too, so this will be an amazing, not-to-miss show!

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(photo Johnnie Walker)
(photo Johnnie Walker)
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Thanks for Coming to Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Live at Night Show – Enjoy the Pics

We all and a great time Friday night at the Free Beer & Hot Wings Live at Night show. And from all the laughter, it sounded like you guys had a great time with us at The Orbit Room for Gilda's LaughFest!

Except for the voice scrambling bit … ha ha!

Listen Monday for the details on Steve's date, and maybe even some highlights from the night, including some of the things you've never heard our friends from WZZM say on a microphone!

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Young women posing at party (ThinkStock)
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Looking for Something to do this Weekend? There’s a Lot Going On

If you're sitting around thinking that this is going to be a boring weekend, think again.  There's a lot of stuff happening in the area this weekend!  If you're attached, these can be fun things for you to do as a couple.  If you're not, these could be some great places to meet people!

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Sneaky Video of Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel Filming at WGRD!

Over the last few weeks, a new movie has been filming around Grand Rapids, and here at the WGRD studios.  Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel are starring in the movie "The End of the Tour", and have been wandering around our building.

I high-fived Jason Segel in the elevator.  He was very nice.

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(Photo: Rachel Vanstee Photography)
(Photo: Rachel Vanstee Photography)
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Metalhead Ned Rockin’ Weekends As ‘Loudwire Nights with Full Metal Jackie’ Powers Up

Hey guys, it's Metalhead Ned. Lots of awesome stuff is always happening at 97.9, 'GRD Rocks!

When I first started at WGRD as a DJ, I rocked so damn early in the morning on Sunday that most people didn't even knew I existed. I chatted about metal music,video games, concerts, people who do stupid stuff and more.

Then, I took over weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight.

I am beat! I'm gonna head back to the weekends, and let Full Metal Jackie take over with the new "Loudwire Nights!"

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Save the Boobs in Grand Rapids – This is Really Important!

The guy that owns the Showgirls Galleria on Market here on the outskirts of downtown, Mark London, is doing something horrible…he's selling the business for someone to destroy!
“It’s going to be very dependent on what they want to do there,” said London of his asking price for the 2-acre property on the outskirts of downtown. “Ideally, it would be someone who wanted to clear the site and put up something really nice.”

via MLive
You know what's really nice, Mr. London?  Boobs.

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