Photo Gallery: 2013 NAMM Metal Jam at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood
Some people consider the Winter NAMM Show the musical-instrument Super Bowl.
It's a time for instrument manufacturers and other companies to unveil their new product lines. It's also a time when some of the best musicians in the world head to Anaheim, California, to rock out, share their passion for music and jam with their peers.
What makes Winter NAMM week so exciting is the fact that you never know what performances you might witness. Stevie Wonder might announce an impromptu jam session with Sheila E. at the Hilton. This year, George Lynch, Ray Luzier and Billy Sheehan put on a stunning show at the Sheraton. Dennis Chambers, Greg Howe and Victor Wooten also wowed the audience at the Marriott.
Then there was the NAMM Metal Jam, which took place Wednesday night, January 23, at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood. It has become one of the main NAMM kick-off events, helping to set the tone for the week.
A lot of great players were involved in the Metal Jam this year, including Michael Angelo Batio, Queensryche guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren, Neil Turbin (DeathRiders singer and original Anthrax frontman), Aquiles Priester (drummer for Tony Macalpine), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen), Zak Stevens (Savatage, Circle To Circle), Jeff Martin (Racer X, Michael Schenker), Eli Santana (Holy Grail), keyboardist Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, Missing Persons), Dave Reffett (solo artist, Shredding The Envelope) and many others.
Photographer Alex Solca was on hand to capture all the action, and you can see his photos in the gallery below. Solca has photographed Nirvana, Metallica, Slayer, George Lynch and many others. Enjoy!
Photos: Alex Solca
Circle To Circle rocking out. The band is led by former Savatage singer Zak Stevens and features Guitar World "Betcha Can't Play This" alum Bill Hudson. From left: Hudson, Mitch Stewart, Adam Sagan and Christian Wentz.
Ann Boleyn of Hellion sings Dio's "Don't Talk to Strangers."
From left: Wanda Ortiz (the Iron Maidens), Linda McDonald (the Iron Maidens), Neil Turbin (DeathRiders) and Dave Reffett.
Courtney Cox of the Iron Maidens.
Courtney Cox and Wanda Ortiz of the Iron Maidens.
Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton rips it up during Michael Schenker's "Armed and Ready."
From left: Courtney Cox (the Iron Maidens), Wanda Ortiz (the Iron Maidens), Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Neil Turbin (DeathRiders), Linda McDonald (the Iron Maidens), Michael Angelo Batio, Dave Reffett, Jeff Martin (Racer X, Michael Schenker, Badlands) and Diego Valdez (Cellador).
Mark Boals hits a high note during Yngwie Malmsteen's "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget."
Hurricane bassist Tony Cavazo, Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Uli Jon Roth) and Queensryche's Parker Lundgren perform "Holy Diver."
Michael Angelo Batio and Dave Reffett perform Dio's "Holy Diver."
Amy Sung and Razormaze guitarist Joe Gettler bring the thunder during Deep Purple's "Stormbringer."
Steve "Zeuss" Johnstad, vocalist from Mayday and N.R.G., rocks out during "Stormbringer."
From left: Courtney Cox (the Iron Maidens), Marten Anderson (Lizzy Borden, George Lynch), Eli Santana (Holy Grail), Andrew Freeman (Last In Line, the Offspring, Hurricane), Aquiles Priester (Angra, Tony Macalpine) and Dave Reffett.
Courtney Cox of the Iron Maidens and bassist Marten Anderson (Lizzy Borden, George Lynch) play Black Sabbath's "Neon Knights."
Holy Grail guitarist Eli Santana and Dave Reffett play Ronnie James Dio's "Stand Up and Shout."
Original Anthrax guitarist Greg Walls.
Dave Reffett with DeathRiders drummer Sean Elg.
DeathRiders vocalist Neil Turbin, Dave Reffett and Sean Elg.
DeathRiders, along with Dave Reffett, perform Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance." From left: Michael Lopez, Casey Trask, Reffett, Neil Turbin, Sean Elg and Arnold Gonzalez.
Michael Angelo Batio tears it up with his Dean doubleneck guitar.
Tattoo magazine model and go-go dancer Malice was the master of ceremonies for NAMM Metal Jam — and a crowd favorite.
From left: Tony Cavazo (Hurricane), Eli Santana (Holy Grail), Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Mike Hansen (Hurricane) and Dave Reffett.
Dave Reffett plays his Esoterik DR-3 signature model guitar.