NAMM Day 2 Photos and Highlights – 01/24/2014
Day 2 of NAMM 2014 got underway in a hurry on Friday January 24 as thousands of attendees made their way to the Anaheim Convention Center. By the time the entrance doors to Halls A-D opened at 10:00AM, the massive crowd in the hallways made their way to vendor booths and artist signings.
The Steve Clayton Inc. booth was the must-see vendor booth early in the day as many in attendance were eager to get their photo taken with 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun. Not only was it an opportunity to meet the current Playmate of the Year sporting in traditional bunny ears and have your photo taken with her, but the opportunity to receive a limited edition Playboy guitar pick with Raquel’s signature embedded in it. While the dozens of attendees waited in line, they also got a glimpse of artist signings that were being set-up across from the booth with Kerry King of Slayer and Kill Devil Hill.
Drawing the biggest attention of the day was the Schecter Guitar Research event that featured artist signings from Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Sam Bettley of Asking Alexandria, Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and the duo of Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow. The opportunity to meet these artists for an autograph and/or a photo produced a lengthy line an hour before its scheduled start. On display in the Schecter booth were the new signature guitars from the artists who were on-hand for the signing.
Rounding out the artist signings for the day were: ESP Guitars (Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Bello of Anthrax, Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan and Ken Susi and Buz McGrath of Unearth), Geezer Butler, Head, Munky and Fieldy of Korn and Samson Technologies (Mike Inez of Alice In Chains, Rob Caggiano of Volbeat and John Moyer of Disturbed.)
Legendary rockers Living Colour took the stage floor at the Behringer Center Stage shortly at 4:00PM for an hour performance that drew a massive crowd. A lengthy career that began in 1983 in New York City, the four-piece closed out the performance with their 1990 Grammy Award winning song, “Cult of Personality.” Following the performance, Living Colour signed autographs and took photos with those in attendance.
Photos by Chris Loomis and Robert Fayette