Tuesday, January 22, 2008


For those of you who think Rock is dead...spend 5 minutes walking through the NAMM show, the annual convention or music merchants.

I don't know what is more odd, seeing old guys dress and act like they are 16 and showing up to a Megadeath concert, or, seeing them during daylight hours somewhere outside of the Sunset Strip.

If you haven't been to a NAMM show it is worth going for 10 or 15 minutes just to watch the parade of smelly, tattered Motley Crue tour shirts, designer jeans and boots, and black crushed-velvet jackets with some rock star design on the back. Oh....I also forgot the signature headbanger mane and eyebrow piercing.

There was a huge line snaking through the booths. I thought John Lennon had been resurrected or something. After approaching a pink haired lady about it, she said the line was to meet the drummer from Queenryche. Hmmm....ok.

My favorite part of the show had to be the Zildjian booth. 500 cymbals set up on stands with just as many drumsticks flying. Now, I'm not a drummer, but how in the world to you test a crash symbol with 499 other drummers testing their's at the same time?

The answer is easy....you hit the damn thing harder!