Schecter NAMM Party @ City National Grove of Anaheim – 01/25/2014
Schecter Guitar Research threw their annual NAMM After Party Saturday night at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Hours after hosting their nearly two hour Black Label Society signing event down the road at the Anaheim Convention Center, those who were lucky enough to pick-up an invite only ticket at the Schecter booth packed the Grove inside and out into the patio. While the posted start time was 8:00pm for door opening, attendees staked out their place in line for more than an hour beforehand while those making their way to Monster Jam at Angels Stadium of Anaheim looked on.
With the announcement of free Jagermeister shots and Stone beer, it was obvious why so many turned out early in the night for an event advertised with a 2:00am ending the next day. Upon entrance through the archway, fans had the opportunity to get their photo taken at the step-and-repeat location while indulging in the beverages of their choice. The party brought out many industry representatives and artists including members of Suicide Silence, Atreyu, Eyes Set To Kill and many more.
Kicking off the party was Los Angeles rockers, Kill Devil Hill, featuring Rex Brown of Pantera and Vinny Appice of Heaven and Hell and Dio fame. A brief 30-minute set opened up the evening that had the fans warmed up for the rest of the evening that included the songs, “War Machine”, “Why” and “Strange.”
The Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow project, Conquering Dystopia made their live debut several minutes later. The group, formed in 2013 is an instrumental driven metal band who many in attendance had made their way to the concert venue to get their first look at the band. The talent displayed by each band member was evident through-out the set as the venue grew in fans from one song to the other. By the time the performance concluded, it was apparent that the demand was high for their first studio record and next scheduled shows.
Following a brief downtime that lasted nearly 45 minutes, the house lights went dark as red lights and sirens echoed through-out the speakers signaling the imminent arrival of the Black Label Society. Situated behind the massive stage curtain containing the bands logo, everyone was eager to catch the legend himself, Zakk Wylde. Wasting no time, BLS immediately got into a rhythm turning out song after song much to the applause of those in attendance. Making his live debut with Black Label Society was new guitarist, Dario Lorina, who looked comfortable as ever fitting in perfectly with the rock legends. Highlighting the performance was a nearly 10-minute guitar solo by Zakk as he walked from one side of the stage to the other feeding off the massive crowd.
For those who were unable to attend the party, Black Label Society will be hitting the road this spring headlining the Revolver Golden Gods tour.