The Biggest Metal Moments of NAMM 2014


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Seth Moskowitz
Group shot with Munky, Peter Keys and Brian Marshall

I didn't get to NAMM until Saturday, January 25 -- as I wanted to catch Phil Anselmo and The Illegals at Scottsdale's Pub Rock the night before. While I heard we missed a lot of action, I felt the "better late than never" mentality was worth it. However, the true charm of NAMM was in the surprises. Walking into a tucked away guitar showroom to see Testament's Alex Skolnick jamming out in a corner all alone on a guitar.

Turning around, I saw Steven Tyler admiring a wall of guitars at Korg and chatting about products with Anthrax's Charlie Benante after he crashed into me on his way to an artist signing. And then watching Munky from Korn, Matt Sorum (Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy), System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian, and Nuno Bettencourt (of Extreme, Steel Panther and Dweezil Zappa fame) just catching up on life together a few feet away.

I grabbed a few photos with Piggy D of Rob Zombie, ripped my eyes away from some incredible drum sets to see Travis Barker breezing by, as well as Rob Caggiano, and Zakk Wylde.

I also passed by Black Veil Brides singer Andy Biersack on the way to the food trucks. He was there just to hang out to take in the NAMM craziness on his own terms.

Other memories include clipping shoulders with Rudy Sarzo (bassist for Ozzy, Quiet Riot and more), and walking by Dave Mustaine signing autographs only to have some nut job grab my arm and proclaim that Mustaine is 10 years younger than him but looks 10 years older because of "the drugs." I was tempted to say, "Um, that's my dad. Can't you tell by my hair?!" Oh, and jamming out on a miniature Flying V ukulele at the Dean Guitar booth.

Just keep in mind that the highlights and most metal moments noted here don't include things like seeing the performance by The Aristocrats, Blue Oyster Cult, or rock goddess Orianthi, as well as Marco Mendoza's (Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders) Hartke demo, the Jeff Loomis clinic at Schecter Guitars, and artists signings that included dozens of rock/metal musicians, from Anthrax and Black Sabbath to The Winery Dogs and Shinedown.

Whew.

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Lauren Wise
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