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Cubensis
CUBENSIS: CAUSING A SCENE IN LONG BEACH

I was always aware of the Dead’s music to a certain degree but, other than the standard greatest hits collection, I really didn’t pay the band much attention. I can now say without a doubt that I certainly missed out.
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Staley has left behind a legacy that should have had many more chapters to it, but the course of addiction ran full circle and left us with another void that has yet to be filled. R.I.P. Layne Staley 1967-2002.

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UP THE IRONS!
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WHAM-BAM-THANK-YOU-NAMM: MADCAP MUSIC REVIEW’S WINTER NAMM 2014 RECAP

 

            The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show is always a great way to kick off the year, and NAMM 2014, which took place in Anaheim, California, January 23-26, proved to be no exception. It’s a great place to catch up with old friends, get the latest information on new products, see interactive demos, attend workshops, and make new friends and lasting relationships. We kicked off NAMM Wednesday night at the House of Blues to cover the Metal Masters 5 Clinic. With legendary axemen like Steve Vai and Scott Ian on deck it was truly a night of metal luminaries gathered together in a celebration of all that is heavy and hard on the musical sphere. One of the highlights was seeing David Ellefson and Frank Bello premier the live debut of their song “Booze and Cigarettes” from their new band Altitudes & Attitude. Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan from The Winery Dogs were there along with Phil Anselmo, Chuck Billy and a slew of other metal legends that jammed together, making the event seem like a heavy metal high school reunion.
            On Thursday, we ran into our good friend Craig Marshall (lead singer/guitarist of Cubensis) on our way into the show. Once inside, we met up with Steve Sampson who, after leaving Stonebreed, is in the process of forming a new hard rock band that promises to be fierce. Our first official stop was to check in with Darryl Boyd, CEO and founder of Rock-n-Roll GangStar. It’s been great seeing Darryl’s success and growth over the years. Starting out in the basement of NAMM, Rock-n-Roll GangStar is now a force to be reckoned with. Throughout the four days of the NAMM Show the Rock-n-Roll GangStar booth had tons of traffic and long lines where people waited to meet celebrity endorsers. We had a great time hanging out with Darryl and David Eggers at the Rock-n-Roll GangStar booth. David is currently working with Steve Sampson in forming their new band and they will be making their live debut in March at the PCH Club in Long Beach, California. Darryl was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to introduce us to his right-hand man, George Kennedy, who told us all about the inside world of Rock-n-Roll GangStar.  
            Thursday night was equally as busy as we headed to the Observatory to cover the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jam hosted by Joe Sutton and Brian Tichy. Paying homage to the late great John “Bonzo” Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Sutton and Tichy had an all-star lineup bashing away on the drum kit generously provided by Natal Drums. Bill Ward even stopped by to pick up his “Lifetime Achievement “ award, giving a humble yet powerful speech that brought the Observatory to an absolute silence as he spoke. If you’ve been to the Bonzo Bash before, then you know you’re in for a night of music that doesn’t stop until close to 2 A.M. It was a hell of a way to end an evening and we loved every minute of it.
            Friday proved to be another busy day. Our first stop was at the Rock N Roll Industries booth to interview David Ellefson before heading upstairs to the PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Guitars room to interview Marty Friedman. Both David and Marty played together in Megadeth, and it was great to see them both and hear about their latest musical ventures. Our next stop was to see our good friend Allen Steelgrave at the Schecter Guitar Research room. We had a blast catching up with Allen and we spent a considerable amount of time at Schecter. We filmed Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow doing an ear- piercing live performance for their new band, Conquering Dystopia. After their demo Jeff and Keith gave us an interview. It was a lot of fun reconnecting with Jeff; we hadn’t spoken with him since April of last year when we interviewed him at the world famous Whisky a Go-Go. While at the Schecter room we interviewed Jinxx from the Black Veil Brides who told us all about his brand new signature guitar from Schecter. We also got a chance to talk to Sam Bettley of Asking Alexandria who told us all about his new signature Schecter bass. Before we left to head downstairs to the Dean Markley booth, we caught up with Exodus/Slayer guitarist Gary Holt and talked to him about his new signature Schecter guitar and his busy touring schedule for the upcoming year. As soon as we wrapped our interview with Gary we were off to the Dean Markley booth to interview Doyle and talk about his new album “Abominator”, his relationship with Dean Markley Strings and his Super Bowl predictions. After our interview we ran into our good friends from the band Madlife and had a nice chat. Madlife have been in the studio putting the finishing touches on their “21st Century Megalomaniac” album. Angry Phil and company are some of the nicest guys in the music industry and it was cool to hear about all of the exciting things 2014 has in store for Madlife.
            Friday night saw us covering the NAMM Jam 2014 at the Grove of Anaheim. Jake E. Lee’s new band, Red Dragon Cartel, headlined and it was fantastic to see Jake back in action after taking a bit of a hiatus from the music scene. It was an amazing event and it was no surprise to bump into Darryl Boyd whose company Rock-n-Roll GangStar was one of the show’s sponsors. Red Dragon Cartel was the highlight of the night. They tore through classic Ozzy songs Jake had written and played on as well as material from his former band Badlands and new material from Red Dragon Cartel. After the show it was back to our hotel to try and fit in some sleep before heading back to NAMM Saturday morning.
            On Saturday, we headed back to the Schecter room to check in with Allen Steelgrave and take some media pictures with the Schecter staff before the massive line of fans waiting for the Black Label Society signing came in. Despite having to be at soundcheck for their gig at the 2014 Schecter NAMM show at the Grove of Anaheim, Zakk Wylde and the BLS crew took time to greet every single fan that was waiting to meet them and take pictures. Zakk is one of the good guys in the music industry; he values his fans and makes time for them even if it means having to rush over to make soundcheck at the last minute. Next was a stop at GHS Strings to meet Rik Fox of W.A.S.P and Steeler fame to conduct an interview. Rik has been in the music industry since the ‘70s and had many great stories to tell. He had just come from the Rock-n-Roll GangStar booth where he had been chatting with Darryl Boyd. After we wrapped up our interview with Rik we stopped by the Shure booth to check out their latest products. Shure always has a great booth with a knowledgeable staff that is more than happy to let you check out their latest offerings. Before leaving to cover the Randy Rhoads Remembered show at the Observatory we ran into our old pals Michael Anthony and Kevin “Dugie” Dugan and had a chance to chat for a bit before heading off to the show.
            Joe Sutton and Brian Tichy really outdid themselves this year at NAMM. In addition to putting together the Bonzo Bash, they also put together the Randy Rhoads Remembered show in conjunction with the Rhoads family. Backstage on the red carpet musical legends like Rudy Sarzo, who played with Randy, came out to say hi and do some quick press. The show was an all-star lineup of legendary guitarists. Alex Skolnick, Marty Friedman, Gus G, Brad Gillis, and Nuno Bettencourt were just a few guitar heroes who showed up to pay tribute to Randy Rhoads. The highlight of the show was the grand finale “Dee” where a majority of the guitarists who were on stage that night came out and played the beautiful acoustic song that Randy had written for his mother, Delores, some thirty-plus years ago. After the show we headed backstage for a bit before going to our hotel and sorting through pictures from the last four nights.
            Sunday was the last day of NAMM 2014, but it was another productive day for Madcap Music Review. We checked in with Darryl Boyd of Rock-n-Roll GangStar and did an interview with him. Our next stop was at ddrum to interview Vinny Appice where he talked about his signature ddrum kit, his first gig with Black Sabbath, and his latest endeavor with Kill Devil Hill. Afterwards, we took time to hang out with Carlos Cruz of Stonebreed and grabbed a late lunch with Chris Holmes and his wife, Sarah, before heading to the Soultone booth to conduct our scheduled interview with Nick Menza. By the time NAMM was over we had photographed four shows, conducted eleven interviews, caught up with many old friends, made some new friends and business connections, and learned a great deal. That’s the wonderful thing about NAMM; it’s a great place to learn about everything one could possibly imagine in the world of music and it’s an excellent way to kick off the New Year. As always we had a blast and left NAMM all the wiser and exhausted, ready for the endless hours of video and picture editing that awaited us. A big thanks once again to everyone who made our NAMM experience such a success, especially Allen Steelgrave and the Schecter Guitars family.

 

 

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