For the past few years, the annual NAMM Jam has been the hottest ticket in town and this year was no exception. The headliner for this year’s show was the delightfully outrageous Steel Panther. The quartet, decked out in leather, leopard print leggings, and teased hair looked like they were ready for a show at Gazzarri’s in 1986.
They took the stage at 10:30 and opened with Pussywhipped, a fan favorite that got everyone in a partyin’ good mood. Lead singer, Michael Starr did a great job interacting with fans by reaching his microphone into the crowd to have them sing parts of the chorus with him or high fiving other fans as he worked every part of that stage. After some back and forth jokes between Starr and Satchel, the band’s guitar player, as to who did what to the whose mom, special guest Marty Friedman was brought out. Friedman, an accomplished guitar player known for his time in Megadeth, is now living in Japan playing “J-Pop,” or Japanese pop music. This must have inspired the band to play Asian Hooker, a song off their debut release in 2009. It was obvious Marty Friedman was having a fun time up on stage playing with the band, and given how loud it got from the time Marty was announced to when he left the stage, it was clear the audience was also enjoying his time up there.
Bass player Lexxi Foxx did a great job working the crowd and holding down the low end throughout the night. After songs like Just Like Tiger Woods and If I Was the King, they announced their next special guest, Tommy Thayer of KISS. If you have a member of KISS on stage with you, you’ve gotta play a KISS song, right? Well that’s exactly what they did and played I Love It Loud. The crowd again went up a few decibel levels and the band fed off that. Thayer was having fun and did his best to avoid the distracting fan who jumped on stage to let everyone know that she was a “fanther” and willing to do whatever it took to get their attention. Thayer also joined the band on the uniquely titled Gangbang at the Old Folks Home. Stix Zadinia was solid behind the kit and did a great job all night. The Panther then played 2 more songs before finishing up with the anthemic Death to All But Metal.
I’d like to thank Delve Texas for putting on a great event and continuing the tradition of the hottest ticket at NAMM. This night was a great way to end the week and to celebrate NAMM 2015.
Party Like It’s the End of the World
Asian Hooker – w/ Marty Friedman
Just Like Tiger Woods
If I Was the King
I Love It Loud – w/ Tommy Thayer
Gangbang at the Old Folks Home – w/ Tommy Thayer
Death to All But Metal