Today was the day that we'd catch up on photo editing (videos later) and seeing innovative gear. Well be having a final blog over viewing a lot of those companies we’d enjoy sharing a little more in-depth with you all. We know how many of you are KISW listening musicians.
As I stayed editing Day 3 blog in the NAMM Press Room, Stef headed into the hall and found the Voyager folding travel guitar. It is the only full sized guitar that can fold in half and fit in to a backpack as a carry on. Then she found her way over to a guitar that has a screen built in to it from Visionary. The screen makes all kinds of wacky psychedelic movement. Porcupine Tree guitarist Steven Wilson has been seen playing one. Check out this video.
She also ran into the Dube. A square drum that can be hit on all sides. It can be made in many custom colors and comes in four sizes. She also came across a 3 string guitar that is billed as a guitar that can’t play a wrong note. Is that like auto tune for people that can’t sing?
After she finished her innovation hunting, She made her way over to the Peavey booth to wait and wait and wait for Michael Anthony’s (Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen bassist) signing. Then I found her and got her to come along on a little photo shoot with guitarist A.C. Alexander from Lizzy Borden. The shoot started with A.C. borrowing a new Music Man Silhouette double neck guitar from the Ernie Ball wall. He literally pointed to it on the wall and they got the ladder and took it down for him. Then we had to sign it out. Luckily, A.C. was set up as an Exhibitor so he could actually sign it out of the main floor. We ended up in a couple different locations. So with thousands of people walking around we were a viewing spot wherever we went. Fellow rock photographer Karen Mandall from Las Vegas bumped into us which was cool!
Our first location was inside though at a cool textured cement wall. After about 15 minutes or so, we made our way out of the main venue to the stairs where we spent another 40 minutes getting shots from a few angles. The day before I did a couple shots of David Ellefson (Megadeth) for his upcoming self-released book here. Very cool location! Once we were satisfied with the shots we got there, we headed to the Engl booth for some shots with their amps.
We finished up with A.C. and made our way over to Dean to shoot a signing that included the bassist of Shinedown, Wayne Static, Jeremy of Five Finger Death Punch, etc. and was supposed to include Dean Roland of Collective Soul. Dean was not there however. This was bad since that was the whole reason Stef wanted to go to the booth today. He was the only member of her favorite band she didn’t get to see this whole weekend.
I headed over to Yamaha to try and get with a rep I have been working photos with for Jeff Rouse and Mike Squires of Duff Mckagan’s Loaded. After I left the Yamaha area I saw this gal in super high heels texting while walking. I knew what was going to happen next and it happened! Curb and crash! Not a pretty site.
By this time, the mostly calm day had come to an end and our NAMM adventures were over. It was time to clear out or locker and catch a ride to the airport for our flight home. HUGE thanks to our personal NAMM drivers Gary & Jill from www.TourBusLive.com!
I’ll be doing a final overview blog in the next week or two and I’ll include some video samples from all the days. Photos from this day will be posted later but for the first three days go here, ya might be surprised who ya see! View photos at KISW Facebook!