Friday night January 20 was a special night as the Biggest and Baddest night-time event during the 2017 NAMM Show took place. The Delve Texas produced NAMMJAM 2017 once again brought some of rock n roll’s biggest names together on one stage for a memorable night of music and party going. For 2017, NAMMJAM took place at Anaheim Gardenwalk just outside the brand new House of Blues and was originally supposed to be a night under the stars but ended up being a night under the tent due to the rainy and cold weather conditions. But have no fear the use of tents took nothing away from this epic event.
Benefitting the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, all proceeds from ticket purchases and from a silent auction that included many signed musical instruments and memorabilia were raised for the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating real-life skills for youth using music as the bridge to success.
As usual NAMMJAM is the only place you get very diverse lineup of bands that you would typically never see play together and 2017 featured headliner Buckcherry with New Zealand rockers Like A Storm, newcomers Doll Skin, the crazy Hillbilly Herald and youngsters Vital Noise. Hosted by Sirius/XM Radio personality Jose Mangin the show kicked off with the young alternative rockers from Los Angeles Vital Noise who got things warmed up as attendees entered the venue. Up next Indiana’s Hillbilly Herald put on a gritty rock n roll show with noticeable influences from AC/DC and Aerosmith, these guys ripped through their set and certainly made some new fans.
By this time NAMM 2017 was pretty packed and in full swing as Doll Skin took the stage. Managed by Megadeth bass player David Ellefson, these young women have a long successful career ahead of them. Vocalist Sydney Dolezal, guitarist Alex Snowden, bass player Nicole Rich and drummer Meghan Herring are all under 21 year old but yet put on a live show like they are 30 year veterans. A combination of The Runaways and Josie and the Pussycats, their mix of rock and punk delivers a solid kick to the teeth. Having already toured throughout the country with acts like The Dead Kennedys, Hellyeah and Escape the Fate this band is ready to conquer the world. Look for new music from Doll Skin in 2017.
With the booze flowing, the silent auction moving along and the overall party vibe in full effect, New Zealand’s Like A Storm introduced Anaheim to what their live act is all about. The band started their set with vocalist Chris Brooks taking the stage with his didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians as the band kicked into the song “Chaos”. The band put on an energy filled performance that had Chris Brooks jump out into the crowd at one point a sing a few verses up close and personal with the large crowd. The band covered AC/DC’s “TNT” with some of the members of Doll Skin and Vital Noise then ended their set with their hit “Love The Way You Hate Me”. Expect new music from Like A Storm in late 2017.
Now for the main event . . . Buckcherry. These road warriors had just flown in from the east coast on the afternoon of the show but yet succeeded in blowing the roof of the tented event! Josh Todd and the boys hit the stage and opened the night with their hit “Riding” and chaos ensued for the next 75 minutes. Buckcherry puts on one of the most electrifying high energy performances in the business. Drummer Xavier Muriel is a hard hitting animal on the drumkit while guitarists Keith Nelson and Stevie D. work their six string magic with bass player Kelly Lemieux hitting those driving bass lines. And of course vocalist Josh Todd is the ringleader for this rock n roll circus as he belts out the edgy lyrics and provides the moves to match as he dances around in a Mick Jaggerish manner.
The night got crazy when the band went into “Say Fuck It” then “Lit Up” as the packed event rocked out with the band. Todd certainly had some interesting commentary in between songs to keep things interesting but the focus was definitely the music. Towards the end of the set Todd introduced each member of the band and gave them a few minutes to demonstrate their craft. The night ended of course with “Crazy Bitch”, without a doubt their biggest hit and fan favorite.
Even with the ugly weather and having to put up tents last minute, Suzanne Penley, Curse Mackey and David Vincent of Delve Texas once again succeeded in putting on the premier night-time party at NAMM 2017. Fans of this event are without a doubt waiting for the NAMMJAM 2018 announcement.
Buckcherry Photo Gallery
Like A Storm Photo Gallery
Doll Skin Photo Gallery
Doll Skin Photos by Paul Hebert