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97.9 WGRD’s July 2014 Top Songs Playlist

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Three Days Grace Thanks You for Taking ‘Painkiller’ to No. 1 [Video]

The guys in Three Days Grace have had great success with their latest song, "Painkiller", and they wanted to take a moment in the studio to thank everyone who helped make this song their 12th number one song!  That's a very cool thing for them to do.

Thanks to everyone who bought the song, loves the band, and goes to the shows!

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2014 CMT Music Awards Rehearsals - Day 2
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Lzzy Hale and Eric Church Rock the CMT Awards [Video]

The other night, Lzzy Hale from Halestorm hit the stage with Eric Church at the CMTs for a loud version of "That's Damn Rock N Roll".  It's also come out that she's doing some shows with Eric Church on his tour this summer.

Country music has swerved more and more toward the rock side of things over the last few decades, and some country stars put on bigger rock shows than some rock bands!  This ain't your daddy's country music anymore.  Hell, your parents probably can't even tell the difference anymore!

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Gojira ‘Explosia’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Let me start this by saying, "I freaking LOVE Gojira"!  I've been so excited to see this band, I would have paid for tickets to Rock on the Range JUST to see them!  

It would have been a weird thing to do, admittedly, buying tickets to a huge show for only one band, and I still would have checked out as many as I did ... but you get what I'm saying.

This French band has been building their followers over the last few years, and among them, tons of well-known musicians.  This band takes the rhythmic and percussive things that a lot of bands are doing in different directions.  They use odd time signatures, weird sounds, cool tapping riffs, and odd song structures to blow people away.

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Mastodon “Black Tongue” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

So many bands at Rock on the Range 2014, so little time!  This was the first year they expanded the event to three days, and there were 60 or so bands over the weekend!  I ran around checking out all the bands I had to see, and I still only managed to see maybe 40 of the 60.  I promise I'll try hard next year.

One band I wanted to see, and did, was Mastodon!  I've been listening to Mastodon since I first got the Remission album when it came out, and watched the bonus DVD on there.  Wicked stuff!

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Killswitch Engage “Always” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

There were so many bands to see at Rock on the Range 2014, it's taken me a few weeks to get through all of the videos I recorded at the shows...and all bands are so good, it's still fun to watch them!  Check out Killswitch Engage from the first day of ROTR, kicking ass with the return of original singer Jesse Leach!

The song is "Always", from their newest album, Disarm the Descent, the first with Jesse back in the band, and the song is really good, of course, and rocks live!

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97.9 WGRD’s June 2014 Top Songs Playlist

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Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Lacuna Coil is a great Italian band I've been listening to since their Unleashed Memories album, and was totally blown away by songs like "Senzafine", "Heir of a Dying Day", and "When a Dead Man Walks", back in 2001.  I've gotten the chance to see them a few times, and they've always delivered a great set, with tons of energy.

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Black Label Society “Godspeed Hellbound” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

So many bands, so many videos, from the three days of awesome that was Rock on the Range 2014!  One band I always love to see live is Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society!  Not just for the awesome shred of Zakk, but also to check out who his co-shredder is on second guitar (Dario Lorina)!

Zakk also writes a lot of really amazing songs, with a lot of artificial harmonics, or "pings" in them.  Check out this live version of a heavy beast, "Godspeed Hellbound" from the Order of the Black album!

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Nothing More Performs ‘Christ Copyright’ at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Nothing More came through town recently with Chevelle (check out the video), and if you missed them, they will be coming back to town in September with Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat.  They also rocked it hard this weekend at Rock on the Range 2014!  They kicked off their set on the Ernie Ball stage with one of my favorite songs, "Christ Copyright", from their new album, Nothing More.

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Pop Evil at Rock on the Range 2014
Pop Evil at Rock on the Range 2014 (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Pop Evil’s ‘Flawed’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Grand Rapids' own, Pop Evil, hit the main stage this year at Rock on the Range!  

The sold-out show packed Crew Stadium as our local boys took the stage with a ferocious performance of their Michigan rock!

Walking around that day, getting ready for the Pop Evil show, I heard a lot of people talking about the bands they wanted to see, and our Pop Evil was one of the bands I heard mentioned A LOT!

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Redlight King Rocked on the Range – Coming to Grand Rapids

Redlight King is a great Canadian band, led by Kazzer (Mark), and they're on tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry right now...heading to Grand Rapids to hit the Orbit Room tonight!

Here's the first song from Redlight King's set at Rock on the Range to get you pumped for the show.

If you want tickets, GRD has your last chance tickets for tonight's Seether show at The Orbit Room!

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