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. Continue reading