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Check Out Video and Photos from the Three Days Grace Sound Check Party

The guys in Three Days Grace and WGRD hosted a fun sound check party for everyone who won tickets to the show on the air with GRD before the show, and they band even brought pizza!  What could be more awesome than getting exclusive access to watch the band prepare for their show, and hang out with them and get autographs and pictures?  Free pizza, too!

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San Antonio metal band Nothing More (Photo: Jody Domingue)
San Antonio metal band Nothing More (Photo: Jody Domingue)
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Nothing More Releases Vid for Its Song ‘This is the Time (Ballast)’ [Video]

Nothing More, from Texas, just stopped through Grand Rapids with Chevelle on Monday.

This week, the San Antonio band also premiered its new video for the song you've heard on 97.9 'GRD, "This is the Time (Ballast)."

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Nothing More Performs Live at WGRD Studios – ‘I’ll Be Okay’ and ‘This is the Time’

Nothing More is a great band from Texas (my home state), and they came through town on Monday as one of the openers for the Chevelle show at The Orbit Room.  They also stopped by the station to meet some winners and play a couple songs for us in their special "acoustic" format.

These guys do their acoustic thing a bit different from most.

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Middle Class Rut
Middle Class Rut rocks The Orbit Room on Monday night. (Photo: Johnnie Walker/97.9 WGRD)
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Middle Class Rut Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Video/Photos]

Middle Class Rut was the second band to play during the Chevelle concert on Monday night, with Nothing More opening the show.  

These two dudes jumped on stage and rocked with a lot of energy, with a huge sound for two guys being the only ones up there. They had some backing tracks going to fill things out, but they weren't playing too loud.

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Nothing More Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Videos/Photos]

Nothing More is a great band from Texas, and right now they're on tour with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut.  

The guys stopped by the 'GRD studios Monday before their show at The Orbit Room to play for a few WGRD Freeloaders Club winners and the staff, and then joined Jackie on the air to talk about the show.

Their "acoustic" setup is a bit different from most, as they run everything through a computer using Ableton Live to run effects and patch changes. They play the songs live, but the computer controls the sounds.  It's pretty bad ass, actually, and the audio I recorded is fantastic!

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Chevelle live show
Johnnie Walker/97.9 WGRD
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Chevelle Rocked The Orbit Room [Video/Photos]

Chevelle brought their tour for "La Gargola" to Grand Rapids yesterday, with Middle Class Rut and Nothing More making a lot of noise in The Orbit Room.  

It was a really cool day, with a visit from Nothing More here at the 'GRD studios, the awesome meet-and-greet soundcheck party with Chevelle that afternoon and then the show!

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Flashback to 1999 with Wayne Static Playing the Entire ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ Album Live [Video]

Back in 1999…jeez, was it that long ago?…Static-X burst out into the music world with their Wisconsin Death Trip album.  

It was so crazy at the time, with Wayne's hair all standing straight up, Tony Campos bashing his bass, and Koichi Fukuda ripping his guitar around while playing these super-tight riffs.

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Get Your Shred on With the Guitar Gods Festival Tour – Yngwie, Hoey, Roth, Bumblefoot

With all the packaged tours going around right now, there's one coming that's a bit different.  If you've ever gotten the chance to see one of Joe Satriani's G3 tours, this would be similar to that.  It's the Guitar Gods Festival Tour 2014!

Yngwie Malmsteen has put together a Guitar Gods tour with Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey, and Bumblefoot!  No word on whether they'll all get on stage together and shred-out, but you never know.

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ReVamp Shares Behind the Scenes Footage from Their Grand Rapids Show and More [Video]

On April 4th, Iced Earth, Sabaton and ReVamp kicked off their US tour here in Grand Rapids at the Intersection.  They all played amazing sets, even with the equipment problems ReVamp had during the day.

Apparently, their gear didn't arrive in time for the show, so they had to get some rental gear to play the show, and it pushed the show start time back a bit.

Check out the beginning of the behind the scenes video for some footage backstage at the Intersection.

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GRD’s Got the New Three Days Grace Lyric Video for Painkiller – And Exclusive Acoustic PreShow Access!

All this week and next, keep listening for your chances to win tickets to Three Days Grace, and when you win, you'll also get access to GRD's Exclusive PreShow Acoustic performance with Three Days Grace!

They've just released a new track for us, and here's the new lyric video to go along with it.

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48 Hours Festival - Day 1
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Johnnie Walker Talks with Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way About New Music and Touring

Today I got to talk with Rick DeJesus, the singer for Adelitas Way about their new song, "Dog on a Leash", the new album (and what it might be called) and more!  Rick's a fun guy, and he's looking forward to coming back to Grand Rapids for a show!

Spoiler alert!  They're coming, but it hasn't been announced when or with who!

Rick gives some clues as to what the new album will be called, and if you figure it out, post it below!

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Johnnie and Wayland
Johnnie and Wayland
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Wayland’s Interview on WGRD Before Their Big DVD Shoot at the Intersection [Video]

On Friday, April 4th, the Wayland guys came by the GRD studios to hang out, talk about their world, and get everyone stoked for the show at The Intersection on April 5th.

We covered a lot of ground here.  Everything from Wayland Warriors taki

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