Ultimate NAMM Jam

NAMM 2020 – The Hilton Ballroom – Anaheim, CA – 1/18/20

Review and Pictures: Sheri Hastings  

 
In its 3rd consecutive year at the Hilton California Ballroom during the NAMM convention, “Ultimate NAMM Jam” did not disappoint.  The non-stop 3 hour show, boasted a staggering 110 musicians, who rocked the stage on about 26 songs, at times, paired with musicians who had never played together before…all unrehearsed!  I have to say that it was almost impossible to keep track of who was on stage with who most of the night.  Hosted, of course, by Paulie Z, who also sang & rocked the guitar, along with “house band” members that included Chuck Wright (the original founder of UJN) on bass, Matt Starr on drums, Mitch Perry on guitar & Sven Martin on keys.
 

 
 
A highlight was unannounced surprise guest host, Eddie Trunk (Sirius FM), coming out on stage to announce the unannounced surprises guests, The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan & Mike Portnoy), who did an amazing cover of Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell In Love“. 
 
 
Another highlight was Tracy Thornton’sPan Rocks“, consisting of 12 steelpannists, who did amazing renditions of The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly” and a killer version of Rush’s “YYZ“.  It was also nice to see Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot) up there looking so good and drumming his heart out on several tunes.
 
So many other highlights to mention…Doug Aldrich, Derek St. John, Alex Skolnick, Stu Hamm, Dug Pinnick, Jack Russell’s Great White, Calico Cooper with Carla Harvey, Brent Woods, Dave Rude, George Lynch, and so many more, but have to give special shout-out on ending the show with Dilana just CRUSHING it on Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name“, with Julia Lage on bass, Kat Dyson on guitar, and Tosha Jones, who is a force of nature on the drums!.
 
 
 
Looking forward to see how they out-do themselves next year! 
 
 
   
 
 
Musicians included:
 
•CARMINE APPICE (VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE)
•MIKE PORTNOY (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATRE, SONS OF APOLLO)
•GEORGE LYNCH (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB)
•JAMES LOMENZO (JOHN FOGERTY, MEGADETH)
•ALEX SKOLNICK (TESTAMENT)
•DOUG ALDRICH (DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE, DIO)

•CHUCK WRIGHT (QUIET RIOT)
•DAVE AMATO (R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON)
•DUG PINNICK (KINGS X, KXM)

•SEAN MCNABB (DOKKEN, MUSIC OF CREAM)
•FRANKIE BANALI (QUIET RIOT)
•DEREK ST. HOLMES (TED NUGENT, MICHAEL SCHENKER)
•JACK RUSSELL (GREAT WHITE)

•MILJENKO MATIJEVIC (STEELHEART)
•CHARLIE BENANTE (ANTHRAX)
•IRA BLACK (DARK SKY CHOIR, LIZZY BORDEN)
•JASON BITTNER (OVERKILL)
•BRENT WOODS (SEBASTIAN BACH, TAYLOR HAWKINS)
•PAULIE Z (THE SWEET, RUBIX KUBE LA)
•KAT DYSON (PRINCE)
•BARRY SPARKS (DOKKEN, UFO)
•BENNY HARRISON (JOE BONAMASSA)
•BILL HUDSON (NORTHTALE, TSO)
•BRAD LANG (BURNING RAIN, Y&T)
•DAVE RUDE (TESLA)
•AUGUST ZADRA (DENNIS DE YOUNG)

•CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS (ACCEPT)
•WYZARD (MOTHER’S FINEST)
•ELIJAH WOOD
•JEFF BOWDERS (PAUL GILBERT, ALCATRAZZ)
•RANDY JACKSON (ZEBRA)
•ELIZA JAMES (BURT BACHARACH)

•JAYNA CHOU (405 QUARTET)
•REBECCA SCHLAPPICH (405 QUARTET)
•STEVE SMYTH (ONE MACHINE, TESTAMENT)
•MARK OSEGUEDA (DEATH ANGEL)
•DANNY JOHNSON (RICK DERRINGER)
•ROBERT MASON (WARRANT)
•DAVE SCHULZ (GOO GOO DOLLS, BERLIN)
•JEFF LEWIS (TIERRA, MICHAEL JACKSON)
•JERRY MONTANO (HELLYEAH, DANZIG)
•JUDE GOLD (JEFFERSON STARSHIP)
•KEITH ENGLAND (ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND)
•PATRICK JOHANSSON (NORTHTALE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)
•MATT THOMPSON (KING DIAMOND)
•AUGUST YOUNG (MR. JIMMY)
•MARCO MENDOZA (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY)
•CHUCK GARRIC (BEASTO BLANCO, ALICE COOPER)
•CALICO COOPER (BEASTO BLANCO, ALICE COOPER)

•CARLA HARVEY (BUTCHER BABIES)
•DILANA


•JACK GIBSON (EXODUS)
•PHIL DEMMEL (VIO-LENCE)
MATT STARR (ACE FREHLEY, MR BIG)
•MITCH PERRY (THE SWEET, MSG)
•BRIAN QUINN (CANDLEBOX)
•TOSHA JONES (SALIVA)
•CRAIG LOCICIERO (DRESS THE DEAD, FORBIDDEN)
•DEBBY HOLIDAY
•TIFFANY

•ART CRUZ (LAMB OF GOD)
•DEWEY BRAGG (KILL DEVIL HILL)
•LAURA KAYE (JAMES BROWN, ARETHA FRANKLIN)
•ROBBY LOCHNER (JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE)
•DAN MCNAY (JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE)
•DICKI FLISZAR (JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE)
•TONY MONTANA (JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE)
•BRIAN ALLEN (DARK SKY CHOIR, VICIOUS RUMORS)
•STU HAMM (JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI)

•TAL BERGMAN (JOE BONAMASSA)
•MARK WOOD (TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
•MARTEN ANDERSSON (STEELHEART, LYNCH MOB)
•MARTIN MOTNIK (ACCEPT)
•MICHAEL GILBERT (FLOTSAM & JETSAM)
•MICHAEL SPENCER (FLOTSAM & JETSAM)
•TONY CAVAZO (HURRICANE)
•ROBERT SARZO (HURRICANE)
•MIKE HANSEN (HURRICANE)
•CHAD CANCINO (HURRICANE)
•RONI LEE (THE RUNAWAYS)
•SCOTT PAGE (‪PINK FLOYD‬, ‪SUPERTRAMP‬)
•SVEN MARTIN (JONATHAN DAVIS, RUBIX KUBE LA)
•TOSHI YANAGI (JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE)

•TRACY THORNTON (PAN ROCKS)
•ADAM KURY (CANDLEBOX)
•MAUREEN DAVIS (MAUREEN & THE MERCURY 5)
•SARAH STALLMAN
•ATARA GLAZER (PLASTIC RHINO)
•DANICA PINNER (HAIM, DEADMAU5)
•MARK ALBERICI (TIFFANY)
•ALEX CSILLAG (SAVE FERRIS)
•DALE EDWARD (CONFUNKSHUN)
•AMANDA DUNCAN
•KAYLEEN JUSTUS
•RACHEL JULIAN
•SETH KILBOURN
•TED GOSLIN
•TYLER HUNT
•TYLER SWICK
•VANCE HUMPHREY
•MATT VANACORO
EDDIE TRUNK
BILLY SHEEHAN
RICHIE KOTZEN
JULIA LAGE