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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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Young pole dance woman (Thinkstock)
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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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My first week in town, enjoying the snow and people ice skating!
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I’m New in Grand Rapids – Where Do I Go For Great Mexican Food?

Hey guys, you've probably figured out by now that I'm new in Grand Rapids, and with the Alien Polar Vortex thing dominating the country, I haven't been able to get out too much.  But I want to, and I need a guide to all the cool stuff in Grand Rapids.

I want to start with something easy, since everyone likes food.

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The Potato Babies: One of Grand Rapids’ Best Local Bands [Video]

Local music is a lot of fun! You should just go out and check out local music. The Grand Rapids Music Scene has plenty to offer from metal, rock, punk, rap, etc. You name it, Grand Rapids has a band for it. For over 20 years, this band has kept music alive on stages all around the city, and they bring their very unique show with them. Ever heard of the Potato Babies?

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2014 GRD Heavyweights Finalist: Lakeshore Drive [Video]

The 2014 GRD Heavyweights have been taking over The Intersection the past few weeks, and have been kicking a ton of ass! The best local metal and hard rock bands have been performing like crazy to get your vote to make it to the finals on Feb. 14th! 2 bands from each night are chosen by you to move on, Round 3 brought out Grand Rapids, MI band LAKESHORE DRIVE!

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2014 GRD Heavyweights Finalist: Martyr For Madison [Video]

The 2014 GRD Heavyweights have been taking over The Intersection the past few weeks, and have been kicking a ton of ass!

The best local metal and hard rock bands have been performing like crazy to get your vote to make it to the finals on Feb. 14!

Two bands from each night are chosen by you to move on.

Round 3 brought out Muskegon band Martyr for Madison!

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WGRD Refrigerator Cleaning is Absolutely Disgusting! [Video]

This week, a memo went out letting us know that the refrigerators in the break room were going to be cleaned, since our Event Queen Angela is completely grossed out by them.

Today was her designated cleaning day, and I had to document her experience, as she tried to keep from barfing all over the kitchen with some of the stuff she found in there.

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