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Free Beer & Hot Wings: This Is How to Ruin a Party With a Carrot [Video]

You wouldn't think that a simple carrot could ruin a party, but you'd be wrong. It's completely possible for a vegetable to do just that.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Returning to Grand Rapids this December

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming back to Grand Rapids for two shows on December 7th at the Van Andel Arena!

After last year's final run of "The Lost Christmas Eve", they're coming back with a new show, and lots of never-before-performed music with, "The Christmas Attic"!

If you haven't seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra before, you should get your tickets and go check them out!

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Johnnie’s TBT – Meeting Metallica in 1997

Today is the anniversary of Metallica's black album release, so I figured I try this throwback Thursday thing for once.

This doesn't go back to '92, but '97, when Metallica was touring for the Load album, before Reload came out.  I got the chance to hit a couple shows, as I was part of a station event where we gave away a trip to Phoenix for the Metallica show on January 5th, and then we raced back for the show in Las Cruces on January 6th.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Guy Tries to Raise $30,000 for Kenny Loggins Living Room Concert [Video]

This guy really likes Kenny Loggins. Like, really, REALLY likes Loggins.

He likes the '80s movie soundtrack master so much that he started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to get him to play a 75-minute private concert in his living room.

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Jackyl Rocked Berlin Raceway on Friday Night [Video]

Jackyl hit the Grand Rapids area Friday night for one of the first shows at Berlin Raceway in a long time, and they didn't disappoint any of the crowd!

They hit the stage with "My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass", and blasted througha set that was almost fun-religious-revival-meets-rock-extravaganza amazing! Jesse James even plays around with his band towards the end, trying throw them off -- and, if he does, they have to drink!

Best drinking game ever.

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Get Ready for Jackyl with Funny Jackyl Videos

Jackyl is rocking Berlin Raceway tonight, and if you want to have a good time, with some fun, kick-ass American Rock, join GRD out there for the show!

Here are some fun Jackyl vids to get you ready for the show, enjoy!

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See How an Event Gets Built and Run in 5 Minutes of Time-Lapse [Video]

Here at GRD and our sister stations, we put on a lot of events. From big to small, from shows to just fun things to do, there's a lot of stuff that goes on.

Here's a fun video for you, so you can see one whole day's work and fun in building an event for you.  

On Friday, we had a party in our parking lot called "Sun of a Beach", and we brought the beach to downtown Grand Rapids, brought in some bands and invited all of you to come party with us.

Watch the whole day's setup, show, and tear down -- all in five minutes.

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Exodus ‘Toxic Waltz’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Another band I was really excited to see at Rock on the Range this year was Exodus!  I've seen them a few times, and they always kick serious ass live!  The dual shredding guitars of Gary Holt and Lee Altus (of the fantastic Heathen, too) really make Exodus a force to be reckoned with.

I first saw them before Lee joined the band, and since he's come on board, the band has gotten even better!  And luckily, I got to see Lee Altus briefly after their set and geek out with a picture!

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Rock on the Range 2014 Day 3 Photos

The final day of Rock on the Range 2014 was much warmer and less rainy than days one and two, which a lot of people really enjoyed!  The bands loved the weather, but really enjoyed the thousands of people that crowded their stages and partied really hard with them on Sunday, May 18th!  The crowd showed no signs of slowing down on the third full day of shows, and crowd-surfed and moshed all day!

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Avenged Sevenfold
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Rock on the Range Photo Gallery for Day 2 – Saturday, May 17th

Day 2 of Rock on the Range was another huge day, and the largest attended day for Rock on the Range in it's entire history.  Tons of bands hit the stage, and I got photos of as many of them as I could catch.

The coolest part of the day was when Ned and I got the chance to get on the stage for Avenged Sevenfold's set!  We (and a bunch of other people) got to climb up onto some scaffolding on the side of the stage and watch the show!  The concussion bombs and fire were a nice welcome to the cold, but were super loud!

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Photo Johnnie Walker
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Rock on the Range 2014 – Day 1 Photos

Rock on the Range 2014 is a huge event in Columbus, OH, and this year's show completely sold out!  GRD gave away a bunch of tickets to the event, and then we came down here to cover it for everyone else that couldn't make it.  We want to show you some of the things going on down here, and maybe next year, you'll join us!

Here are some of the things we saw on the first day of Rock on the Range 2014.

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What to Take to Rock on the Range – Or Other Festivals

This weekend is the big Rock on The Range music festival in Columbus, Ohio.  

It's be three days of rock, over 60 bands, food, weird stuff ... and maybe some rain. 

If you have tickets, this will be an amazing weekend of fun for you!

So, what s

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