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Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage Talks New Album, Fan Reactions, and More!

The Trespass America Festival featured Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, Battlecross, and a little known band named KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Recently lead vocalist Howard Jones departed from the group with complications of Diabetes. Left without a vocalist, Killswitch Engage welcomed back original singer Jesse Leach to the group. I was able to catch up with him while on tour!

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Dave Matthews Band Not Splitting Up, Boyd Tinlsey Insists

Last month, Dave Matthews harshed the mellows of fans around the world, telling Rolling Stone he “doesn’t know” what the future holds for his namesake jam band. He further spurred breakup rumors when, discussing DMB‘s forthcoming eighth studio album, ‘Away

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Black Keys Singer Dan Auerbach Talks Upcoming Documentary, Johnny Depp, Acting + More

Earlier this month we sat down with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach before their headlining performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago. After completing an exhaustive world tour with the Arctic Monkeys, which included a stop in Grand Rapids in March, the Akron, OH natives have no plans to take an extended break. Auerbach shared how surreal everything has been in regards to the Black Keys success, including a recent guest spot on the Comedy Central hit Workaholics.

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Evanescence Singer Amy Lee Shares Thoughts on Band Life, Relationships, Gender Equality + More

Evanescence are in town tonight (August 23) headlining the Carnival of Madness tour at Rock the Rapids. Frontwoman Amy Lee has been through a lot of changes with the band, but they released their self-titled third studio album last October, six years after 2006's The Open Door. Lee took the time to open up to us about the latest disc, as well as her career aspirations outside of music and more.

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Carly Steel — Crush of the Day

It’s a fact: Carly Steel works a red carpet better than Lindsay Lohan.

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Serj Tankian Talks System of a Down’s Return and Summer Tour With Deftones

System of a Down kicked off a brief North American summer tour with Deftones last night (Aug. 2) in Camden, N.J. We recently caught up with System singer Serj Tankian to discuss his new solo album ‘Harakiri,’ but we were also able to squeeze in a few questions about System of a Down. Check out our quick Q&A with Tankian concerning the latest on System of a Down below:

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Halestorm Muse Over New Album, Randy Blythe, ‘Glee’ + More

It's no secret how much we love Halestorm here at GRD. From the first time we saw them live when they performed at our Bud Light Bash in September of 2009, we were hooked. The band just released their second studio album, The Strange Case Of..., in April and spent the last night of their headlining tour at the Intersection in Grand Rapids. Halestorm sat down with us to chat about the new record, how far they've come as a rock group, the Randy Blythe situation and more.

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Vinnie Paul and Tom Maxwell Talk New Hellyeah Album, Pantera Reunion, Potential Tour, and More!

HELLYEAH's new album Band of Brothers was released this past week! If you like heavy and hard driving metal, well, Band of Brothers may be for you! The guy's of HellYeah have gone back to their roots and brought back some of the sounds of the bands they have been inspired by or have played in. Basically meaning you get a record full of Mudvayne, Damage Plan, Pantera, and NothingFace. Not a bad combo! I chatted with drummer Vinnie Paul and Tom Maxwell, and they want you to know how this record goes! HELLYEAH!

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Rob Zombie Says Entitled Attitude Can Kill a Lot of Music Careers

Rob Zombie has a pretty solid grasp on the music industry at this point, having started with White Zombie and now spending over a decade as a solo artist, so he speaks from a place of knowledge and young rockers would be wise to be taking notes.

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Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan Talks Mayhem Festival, Knotfest + Upcoming Album

Percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan of Slipknot was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Crahan talked about how the importance of headlining Mayhem Festival this year, his mindset onstage, what launching Knotfest means to him and much more. If you missed Full Metal Jackie’s show, read the full interview with Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan below:

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JT and Dave Kim Interview Foxy Shazam at Wingstock 2012 [VIDEO]

With Wingstock 2012 going down on Saturday, WGRD had the opportunity to sit down with a bunch of bands. JT and Dave Kim chatted with Foxy Shazam. Check out the video for the full interview.

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Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook Talks Trespass America, Metal Community + More

This year's Rock on the Range festival has come and gone, but we still have great stories to share. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook talked to us about their upcoming Trespass America tour, how tight-knit of a group metal fans are, balancing their love of music with business and more.

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