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#GRFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Rocks Live via Twitter, Instagram on ‘GRD!

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just the rockets' red glare celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's tunes, grub, fun, hanging, chilling, frolicking and rollicking at the downtown GR festival, which runs from mid-afternoon to past dusk and which 97.9 WGRD's Jackie, Johnnie Walker and Metalhead Ned are all gonna be rocking at.

Share what you're doing and seeing via Twitter or Instagram, posting those tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below on WGRD because 'GRD rocks right along with ya!

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Pre Partying For Motley Crue

I had such a fantastic time at Motley Crue, even if there were some hiccups in the set! Before the show we hosted the official pre party. At the pre party I packed a 6 pack of budlight in my lunch box to get the ball going, my job was to man the table where you could register to win some kick ass prizes!

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Alice Cooper Rocks Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena [Video/Photos]

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper hit the Van Andel Arena last night to kick off Motley's Final Tour in Grand Rapids!

Alice Cooper and his amazing band opened the show with a fantastic set of Cooper hits, one after the other, without any really stopping!

Alice and the gang ripped through the set at a fast pace, never slowing down and never letting up. The sound was great, the band was on fire and Alice brought out several of his famous props and effects for the show!

It's not a Cooper show if he doesn't cut off his head, get in the electric chair, sing in a straight jacket, and let his guitar players rip it up!

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#RIPMotleyCrue: Grand Rapids Concert Pics, Tweets for Motley Crue’s Final Tour Kickoff!

Mötley Crüe is kicking off The Final Tour TONIGHT with Alice Cooper at Van Andel Arena!

Share your pics from The Crue's concert with 97.9 WGRD.

Just use the hashtag #RIPMotleyCrue to get your photos in our 97.9 'GRD Rocks gallery!

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Get Cued Up for Motley Crue Tonight at Van Andel Arena!

You know all about these guys, right? Mötley Crüe.

The Los Angeles heavy metal band was founded in 1981 by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, and were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil.

Tonight, The Crüe opens its The Final Tour -- its farewell tour -- with Alice Cooper at Van Andel Arena, The Van!

Here's some Mötley music and highlights to get you cued -- or crued -- up. All bad things must come to an end.

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97.9 WGRD’s July 2014 Top Songs Playlist

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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Cites Motorhead Influence on New Songs; Band Hits Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 28 [Video]

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale opens up about the writing process for their new album and reveals a recent Motorhead-inspired writing frenzy.

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Don’t Miss Deadwood Stone, Fled Five, and Potatoe Babies @ Motley Crue Pre-Party July 2nd!

At WGRD, we hope to provide the best music from the area. This coming July 2nd, we have Motley Crue starting their final tour here in Grand Rapids! Before that though, we need to warm up your ear drums with some awesome local bands. We booked some awesome entertainment for you for the Motley Crue Pre-Party!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Dan Maurer Talks About His 100-Pound Scrotum and Surgery for a ‘Semi-Normal Life’ [Audio/Video]

On "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show" on Tuesday, we talked about Dan Maurer. The 39-year-old Burlington, Mich., man is suffering from Scrotal Lymphedema, causing his scrotum to balloon to somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds.

He went through a long period of time where he was misdiagnosed, but doctors finally pinpointed what needs to be done to get him healthy again.

We tracked Dan down this morning and got a chance to talk to him on the show.

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Aug. 7 Grand Rapids Date on Nothing More’s and Sleepwave’s Summer 2014 North American Tour

Nothing More has just unleashed its self-titled debut album while riding high with the single "This Is the Time (Ballast)."

Now, the band has announced a tour with Sleepwave that kicks off Aug. 5 in Kansas City, Mo., with a performance two days later on Aug. 7 in Grand Rapids at The Stache at The Intersection. There is also a show Aug. 9 at Dirt Fest in Birch Run.

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Godsmack, Seether, Pop Evil Lead 2014 Uproar Festival Tour Kicking Off in Clarkston Aug. 15 [Video]

The lineup for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour has been announced and it features Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry and more.

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You may have thought we weren't here... but we were!
You may have thought we weren't here... but we were!
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Jackie and ‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Off-Air Shenanigans [Audio]

We had some crazy malfunctions today and 97.9 WGRD went off air for a while today.

Most of you knew, considering we got like a million e-mails and text messages letting us know, as if we didn't already know.

That said, "Free Beer & Hot Wings" and I continued on with our local break anyway!

In case you missed it because we were off air for a portion of the time there, here it is!

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