After last year’s absence from the NAMM Show, Gibson kicked off their return in a big way with a concert of guitar legends and impressive up-and-comers at the 2019 NAMM Jam.
The first of Gibson’s all stars to hit the stage was Robby Krieger, playing “Love Me Two Times” and a 10-minute version of “Roadhouse Blues.” Nancy Wilson of Heart played an expressive, bluesy, acoustic interpretation of “Let Me Roll It” in which she made Paul McCartney’s 1973 classic song her own. Next up was Peter Frampton. His masterful instrumental version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” was followed by the crowd pleaser “Do You Feel Like We Do,” which included his signature talk box and his 1954 Gibson Les Paul (which was recovered in 2012 after having gone missing for 31 years). Billy Gibbons closed out the night with a blistering version of “La Grange” that culminated in all the musicians joining him on stage for an extended jam session.
Along with the house band (Kenny Aronoff on drums, Daryl Jones on bass, Jimmy Vivino on guitar, and Jeff Young on keys), the show also included performances by country songstress Cam, rock duo Black Pistol Fire, guitarist Jared James Nichols, singer-guitarist Emily Wolfe, and 13-year-old guitar prodigy Toby Lee.
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