NAMM 2013 – Day 2
Even though it’s Day 2, it’s the first day that you’ll experience big crowds at the booths and traffic jams at all the intersections. This is the day where Stef and I really have to divide up our day to cover more.
Before we started running around for appearances, we headed over to Dean to get our passes for NAMM Jam from Curse & Elliott. Then Stef started her day off dropping by the EMG booth to catch a shot of Zakk Wylde, over to the Steve Clayton booth for Kyle Gass of Tenacious D and then over to Grover Jackson to see Tom Dumont doing their appearances.
Lines were short for a Friday, so Stef stood in line so she could get unobstructed shots of Mike Inez (Alice In Chains), Rex Brown (Pantera) and Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Racer X). Next stop was the Monster booth for Kerry King, Dean Markley for Orianthi (Alice Cooper) then Stef met up with me at Samson. They didn’t have much going on at Samson, only Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson, Phil Buckman, Frankie Bello and Scott Ian ;)
Once the Samson signing was over, Scott asked Stef and I to walk him up to Fender/Jackson for his next appearance. We grabbed a couple of the security guards at Samson so we could get Scott out of the area quickly. There were people trying to stop him until we crossed out of the more rock band area over to the woodwinds. Suddenly, no one tried to stop him any longer. It was pretty funny.
Stef and I split up again. She went back downstairs while I went over to Schecter to catch up with Jeff Loomis & dUg Pinnick. Stef headed over to Engl to see Bumblefoot but ran into our buddy AC Alexander (Lizzy Borden) instead and had a great little visit with him. She scrambled over to Monster to try and see Slipknot but by the time she got there 7 was the only one left.
Wayne Static was going to be up next at the Monster booth along with Evil D. There wasn’t much of a line at Monster so Stef jumped in line again to get more up close shots.
Peavey had a couple of the guys from Black Stone Cherry doing a little acoustic set that I was able to capture. At the same time, Stef was over at Remo seeing Mike Portnoy. As soon as she was done there, she was on a mission to see Steve Stevens. She tried to see him at 3 different scheduled appearances but he was either too late or no showed to them so she was pretty bummed. Especially since you know that you also get to see Josie when you see Steve.
I had one more big appearance to shoot at Samson before we headed back to the room for a bit of a rest before heading over to The Grove for the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam. We got over to The Grove with a little time to spare for dinner so we stopped in the McDonalds nearby.
While eating our dinner, I spotted a homeless man trying to find some food inside the restaurant garbage can. I thought he must really be hungry to come inside to look in a garbage can. I got up and gave him 5 bucks to grab some food. He thanked me and immediately got in line. He was there for a long time so I went back up to him to see if he was OK. He was trying to make the most of the money to get a full meal. I told him to order what he wanted and gave him the balance. We were on our way out when he was waiting for his food and I told him goodbye.
The NAMM Jam this year was headlined by Shinedown. Opening the show was Wayland followed by Rusty Cooley, Michael Angelo Batio, Laura Wilde and Kyng before Shinedown took the stage. Back to the hotel room to crash!
"Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia