­     Every year at NAMM brings you the latest and greatest sounds in music. This includes everything from equipment to artist appearances to live performances. This year some of the sights and sounds included  a live performance by RSO (Richie Sambora and Orianthi), the She Rock Awards, various artist booth appearances, and John Mayer doing a press conference at Paul Reed Smith. We happen to be at the right place at the right time as the original and former vocalist of Toto in Bobby Kimball posed with founder and current guitarist Steve Lukather. It was the first time Lukather has seen Kimball in years. They happily obliged for the photo op for us.  Also it was nice to see Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick stop by Reverb booth to see his partner in crime in Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielson. We grabbed a quick photo with them. Here are a few photos from our 5 day experience including media day.

­     We will be posting interviews with Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick, Steve Lukather of Toto, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, The Boxmasters, Michael Sweet of Stryper, Nita Strauss of the Alice Cooper Band, jazz musician Erenza Spalding, artist/producer Butch Walker, drummer Kenny Arnoff and Mick Thompson of Slipknot.


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Photos by Gus Griesinger, Diane Daybrow and Suzanne M. Ryan

We would like to thank Jeanne O’Keefe, Chalise Zoelezzi an the entire Lippin Group for the credentials to cover the 2017 NAMM trade show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.