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Jackie and We As Human
Jackie and We As Human (Photo: Johnnie Walker/97.9 WGRD)
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We As Human Rock WGRD Acoustic Before Their Show with Skillet [Video]

Skillet and We As Human rocked the Van Andel Arena last night, but before they rocked the stadium, they came across the street to WGRD to kick some ass on the air with Jackie!

Check out the complete interview with John from Skillet, as well as the complete interview with all the guys in We As Human.

Right here you can watch both the videos we shot for the acoustic songs that We As Human played on the air.  Enjoy!

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Johnnie's imaginary 14 string guitar (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Six String Guitars are for Wimps – This Guy Kicks Your Ass With Fourteen [Video]

Guitars have been heading farther and farther into the extended range for quite a long time now, since Steve Vai popularized the whole 7-string guitar with his Ibanez guitars.  Korn used them in a different way, and tons of bands since have jumped onto the 7, 8, and 9 extended range guitars.  Check out Animals as Leaders...crazy stuff.

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Crazy British Show Gives Rocker/Goth Women ‘Make-Unders’ [Video]

Sometimes when you search through the crazy world known at Youtube, you have a tendency to find weird stuff. I was checking out our sister station in Flint, MI website and found a post the intrigued me. Rocker chicks that are given transforming 'make-unders.'

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Lovehammers live in our...well...um...empty room. (photo Johnnie Walker)
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The Lovehammers from Chicago Rough It at WGRD to Rock Out [Video]

A cool band stopped by the WGRD studios this week to say hi and play us a couple of their songs, totally stripped down and acoustic.  So stripped down, there wasn't even any furniture in the room!

Seriously.  Because of the movie filming in the station, we had to sneak off into an abandoned room to hang out and jam!

Check out this band, the Lovehammers, from Chicago.

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Crank Up the New Korn Video for “Spike in My Veins” [Video]

I'm sure you've heard the new Korn song "Spike in My Veins" on GRD recently, and we've been waiting for the video to come out...well, we have to wait no more!

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Mitch at the Piano
Mitch at the Piano (photo Phil Vilenski)
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One Road Out of West Michigan – Phil’s Wayland Tour Log 2/3/14

On Sunday, we ended up at a high-rise Super Bowl party that never turned on the game. Ha ha!

The view of the Atlantic Ocean from up there was just amazing and most of us never even noticed that the game wasn't on until it was almost over; oops!

I think Tyler Coburn is the only one that actually went in search of a spot to watch the game

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Welcome to Daytona Beach (photo Phillip Vilenski
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One Road Out of West Michigan – Phil’s Wayland Tour Log 2/1/14

Guitarist Phil Vilenski from Wayland agreed to become a touring contributor to WGRD.com. So, keep an eye out for more tour stories from the band!

Last night, we played Orlando. Once again we sho

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Sabaton at the Battle of San Bernardino (photo John Walker)
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Swedish Metal Band Sabaton Plays a Concert While Participating in Spinning Class! [Video]

Sabaton, in case you don't know them, is a great Swedish metal band that writes songs about famous wars and battles.  They're a really high-energy live band, and seem like a bunch of fun, crazy drinking Swedes.  You gotta love that.  They were one of the bands on the Iron Maiden show last September at the Battle San Bernardino, with Testament, Megadeth, and more.

The band loves to do strange and unconventional things on tour, like in this video.  They're rocking a spinning class at a gym with a live performance.

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Get Rock on the Range 2014 Lineup Here! [Video]

One of the country's biggest rock festivals is back this May 16, 17 and 18 in Columbus, Ohio, Rock on the Range!

Yes, they've expanded it to three days. So, it's not only bigger, but better than ever with more than 60 bands performing over the weekend!

We've got the list of bands for you, so you can prepare for the festival. Make sure you get your tickets, which go on sale next Friday -- Jan. 24.

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P.O.D. Rocks the Acoustic Guitars on ‘Lost in Forever and Beautiful’ [Video]

A couple months ago at my last radio gig in El Paso, Texas, I got to hang out with the guys in P.O.D. and have some BBQ while they rocked some cool acoustic versions of some of their songs.  

They were really cool dudes, and had fun playing their songs this way in front a few people at KLAQ 95.5 FM before they hit the stage in front of thousands of people to turn the volume way up!

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Check Out Sick Puppies’ ‘There’s No Going Back’ and Go Behind the Scenes [Video]

Shim, Emma and Mark have been bringing their rock out of Australia for four albums now, and the Sick Puppies just keep getting better and better.

Emma keeps her place on my most loved rock chicks list, with Floor Jansen of Nightwish and Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy.

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Heaven’s Basement Rocks ‘Fire, Fire’ Acoustic [Video]

Heaven's Basement is a great British rock band, and its song, "Fire Fire" is rockin' 'GRD right now. 

Acoustic versions of songs are always cool to check out, and these are no different. There's a totally stripped down version, and another version with full drums, too.

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