NAMM 2013 – Day 3
It’s day 3. The busiest NAMM day of them all! We slept in as much as we could today but I did have to be to the show before 11 to meet up with David Ellefson at Beamz. You gotta check this cool device that you play with light beams with your hands! See video below.
Stef headed over to EMG to catch Kerry King and Phil Demmel. Rob Flynn was supposed to be there as well, but he didn't’t make it. She managed to get over to SIT Strings for Shinedown and Theory of a Deadman signings for their 11am signing too. This is the hardest thing about NAMM. There are overlapping appearances that we try to get too. At 11am today, we had 5 different appearances we were interested in getting to. We made it to 3 of them.
At Noon I was at Samson for Shinedown and Stef was back over at SIT Strings for David Ellefson, Willie Adler, Traa Daniels, Max Cavalera & Keri Kelli. She tried to get Viv Campbell at Engl, but he wasn’t there before she headed over to Samson to meet up with me and the Shinedown guys. The line was nearing the end to she jumped in to see the guys. She got her picture with her guitar pick necklace and Eric. She had one of his picks in it.
I have to give it to Stef. One of her favorite bands is Avenged Sevenfold and they were doing a band signing in the Schecter booth. She went up and go the attention of one of the Schecter employees (The room was closed for the signing). She asked if she could get in for a few photos. He took her business card, went inside and came back to escort her in! Go Stef! He told her to come back later and he’d get her into the Nikki Sixx signing too.
We met up at the Sennheiser booth for Dilana’s set. She is so great. We were treated to 5 songs. She did some of her originals and a cover of The Veronica’s song “Mother, Mother”.
Stef caught up with Tommy Thayer (Kiss) for a photo op and then back to Schecter for Nikki Sixx. Well, she tried to get in for Nikki but his management was not letting any press in at all. For a “photographer”, he shows little respect for other photographers. Sucked.
We got passes to the Schecter NAMM Party (Chris Poland, Jeff Loomis, Prong & Exodus) but Stef was done for. We got back to the hotel room and I got ready to go. She drove me over to The Grove and was going back to the room to take care of her aching feet, but I had her wait with my cameras to try to get a media pass. I went up to the locked gate to ask how they were handling the photo passes for media cause I didn't have one yet and someone at Schecter overheard me ask the security and said "Really dude? I know your work get in here" and handed me passes and got me in the door before they let the crowd in. That was my Hollywood moment and good-guy payback from the night before across the street when I paid for a homeless mans dinner :)
"Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia