NAMM 2014 Coverage

I left for NAMM on Thursday at 5:10AM and met up with some friends and made it inside by 9:30.

After trying to catch every exhibit and demo I could, I left around 4:00 to go check in for the Bonzo Bash.

That was a fantastic event.   I left around 1:30 and got very little sleep before returning to NAMM the next day.

By this time, I was already feeling exhausted from days of sleep deprivation and being on my feet and walking around for days in a row.

Around 12:00 PM, I unceremoniously threw in the towel and found myself on the beach in Sunset Beach with full plans to return the following day.

It gave me a chance to catch up on all I had gotten footage of over the 30-something hour span.

Besides the unforgettable BONZO BASH, some of the highlights included watching Stu Hamm do a demo in the Hartke booth, seeing Anthony Crawford play bass with a cajon player and guitar player, watching Ben Woods perform his version of heavy metal classics on flamenco guitar, the shredding guitar wizardry on Larry Mitchell, finger-style guitar playing of Laurence Juber (my third time this year being amazed, watched a killer jam with Greg Koch and Roscoe Beck and got some other pictures as well. 

Here’s the list of the highlights/ events I attended on Thursday and Friday:

THOMAS LANG NAMM BONZO BASH NAMM JAM 1/23/2014

GENE HOGLAN BONZO BASH NAMM JAM

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ATHENA AND EX-WIVES OF ROCK BONZO BASH NAMM JAMM

MIKE PORTNOY BONZO BASH NAMM JAMM HOST, PERFORMER AND INTERVIEWEE THE OBSERVATORY 2014

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RAY LUZIER AND BILLY SHEEHAN BONZO BASH NAMM JAMM 1/23/2014

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GLEN SOBEL BONZO BASH NAMM JAMM 2014

GREG FINSLEY as Freddie Mercury and Kenny Metcalf as Elton

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ARTIST SIGNINGS REMO BOOTH NAMM 2014 RUSS MILLER, DAVE ELITCH, ALEX GONZALEZ and BRENDAN BUCKLEY

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DEVADIP CHUNGA AND HEDRAS RAMOS CORT BOOTH NAMM 2014

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STU HAMM HARtKE BOOTH NAMM 2014

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ANTHONY CRAWFORD AND FRIENDS NAMM 2014

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BEN WOODS CORDOBA BOOTH NAMM AND HEAVY MELLOW with LUIS VILLEGAS and MIKE BENNETT Observatory

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LARRY MITCHELL MAJIK BOX BOOTH NAMM 2014

MARK SCHULMAN BONZO BASH NAMM JAMM THE OBSERVATORY 2014

LAURENCE JUBER GHS BOOTH NAMM 2014

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GREG KOCH AND ROSCOE BECK GHS BOOTH NAMM 2014

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WILL CALHOUN NAMM BONZO BASH NAMM JAM 1/23/2014

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STEPHEN PERKINS NAMM JAMM BONZO BASH OBSERVATORY SANTA ANA 2014

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JOE TRAVERS NAMM BONZO BASH NAMM JAM 1/23/2014

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BRANDON KACHEL BONZO BASH 2014 NAMM JAMM OBSERVATORY

BONZO BASH PICTURES NAMM JAMM THE OBERVATORY 2014

BUNCH OF NAMM PICS 2014

RANDOM NAMM SHOTS 2014

Saturday, I skipped going to NAMM in the daytime, as I rested at my friend’s beach house instead.   I even took a nap, which was great.  

We ended up at the Randy Rhoads Remembered Event in Santa Ana right around start time.  It turned out to be a truly historic event.

Every song from Diary of a Madman and Blizzard of Ozz was played live.  It was unreal.   In several instances during certain songs, everyone onstage was a former member of Ozzy’s band. 

Here are some video highlights of the show:

MARTY FRIEDMAN RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED THE OBSERVATORY 1/25/2014

RANDY RHOADS BRAD GILLIS REMEMBERED THE OBSERVATORY 1/25/2014

PHIL X Steal Away The Night RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED THE OBSERVATORY 1/25/2014 M4H02721

NUNO BETTENCOURT RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED DIARY OF A MADMAN THE OBSERVATORY 1/25/2014

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BUMBLEFOOT MR. CROWLEY RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED THE OBSERVATORY 1/25/2014

GUS G CRAZY TRAIN RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED THE OBSERVATORY 1/25/2014 M4H02730

ALEX SKOLNICK Believer RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED THE OBSERVATORY 1/25/2014

JOEL HOEKSTRA

Sunday, I reluctantly left the beach and paid $30 to park at The Sheraton.

From there, I saw lots of music equipment, a few bands, a couple of demos, went to one signing, grabbed lunch at an overpriced food truck and then went home.

 

HEAVY MELLOW

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On the way to the Yamaha room, we watched Joe Hardy playing outside,  This dude rocks!

Sunday Pics

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