Attending the NAMM Show specifically on Saturday is any attendee’s busiest day of the weekend. Saturday is traditionally the busiest day of the convention between artist signings and appearances, product demos and the highest number of attendee’s on a single day.
Highlighting the day were Schecter Guitar Research’s two artist signings at their booth on Level 2. Black Label Society commanded the largest crowd of the weekend for the opportunity to meet the full band including new guitarist Dario Lorina who was making his debut later in the evening. The autograph session that was originally scheduled for an hour in length stretched beyond the two hour mark as expected for the opportunity to meet the band. The line itself was stretched far beyond the confines of the Schecter booth and into the adjacent hallway.
If that was a clear-cut sign of things to come from the massive crowd for the BLS signing then the Avenged Sevenfold signing would only continue the chaos. Those who attended NAMM in 2013 will attest that the local rockers had a massive following that weekend, highlighted by guitarist Synyster Gates Hellwin amplifier announcement at the Schecter booth. By the time Synster and bassist Johnny Christ arrived, much to the applause of the diehards and anyone wanting to meet them, the line quickly moved through the halls and into the Schecter booth like a game of musical chairs.
Elsewhere on the convention floor Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell demoed his Friedman signature amp while Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer and Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D’Antonio each had separate autograph signings. Earlier in the day, Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass and Kerry King of Slayer had meet-and-greets.
The biggest draw in the late afternoon came from Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root at the Orange Amps booth. Root, who is taking off the upcoming Stone Sour headliner to begin writing the follow-up to the 2008 record, “All Hope Is Gone”, stated that he felt this was the best sounded Slipknot record that he has worked on.
Living Colour’s Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun delighted the convention attendees with their Jungle Funk musical project featuring vocalist Vinx.
Various concerts and performances took place through-out the day and into the evening at NAMM. Schecter Guitar Research hosted there annual NAMM Party at the City National Grove featuring Black Label Society, Conquering Dystopia and Kill Devil Hill, that featured the live debut of new Black Label Society guitarist Dario Lorina. Queensryche also performed nearby at the House of Blues Anaheim in Downtown Disney.
Photos by Chris Loomis and Robert Fayette