It was once again time for the music instrument business’ biggest show of the year and the 2012 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA Jan. 19th-23rd did not disappoint!!! This year’s show proved to be the biggest attended show ever and as usual the Krank booth was packed all four days with many artists, vendors, distributors and music store buyers stopping by to see the latest and greatest in gear as well as some outstanding booth performances.
This year’s artists performing at the booth included some old and new faces. Jeff Duncan and Phil Sandoval of Armored Saint once again proved to be a huge attraction at the booth, performing a medley of the Saint’s tunes, and this year also marked the first ever Jeff Duncan solo performance, playing a very cool Gary Moore-ish slow blues piece. Another returning performer was Australia’s Michael Katselos. Michael’s band Segression is one of the cooler metal band in Oz and he’s also an accomplished instrumentalist which was on full display in two different booth performances. Also returning was Trixter’s Steve Brown, rockin’ an unaccompanied jam that displayed his sizable trick bag of guitar licks. New to the booth this year was renowned shredder Toshi Iseda who also performed twice, showing off his technique that has garnered him quite the reputation amongst guitar fans. And last we were happy to introduce one of the brightest young players to come along in quite some time, Jordan Ziff of the Phoenix, AZ based rock act Age of Evil. Ziff possesses a deep maturity for a player of just 20 years old with skills reminiscent of John Sykes and Nuno Bettencourt. Ziff along with bandmate Jeremy Goldberg rocked a medley of Age of Evil’s music that had countless people walking into the booth to ask “Who is that?!?!”. All the performances were played through the new Jr. combos which are now available for preorder!!! Check out all the videos below!
Also as is the norm at every NAMM show a who’s who of the music industry walked the halls and swung thru the booth including Pete from The Adicts, Blasko Nicholson of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, Jeff Loomis of Nevermore, legendary a&r man Tom Zutaut (scouting the aformentioned Jordan Ziff), Michael Wilton of Queensryche, Brian Wheat of Tesla, Jose Mangin of SiriusXM and there was even a walk by by the legendary Steve Wonder! All in all a great time and a killer show! Enjoy the videos and photos below!
NAMM 2012 VIDEOS:
Age Of Evil
Jeff Duncan – Solo
Michael Katselos of Segression – Performance One
Michael Katselos of Segression – Performance Two
Steve Brown of Trixter
Jose Mangin of Sirius XM talks Krank!