A host of names from right across the spectrum of the rock world are set to come together for Ultimate NAMM night at the Hilton Anaheim, California, in a star studded spectacular celebrating the power of music. Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Charlie Benante, Phil X, Rikki Rocket, and more will join the cast for the event which takes place on Saturday January 26, 2019.
Ultimate NAMM Night takes place during the weekend-long Winter NAMM Show, and is an offshoot of the long-running community oriented Ultimate Jam Night residency which takes place regularly at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
The full list of artists expected to perform include;
Tony Franklin (The Firm)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio, The Dead Daisies)
Phil X (on Jovi)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Rikki Rockett (Poison)
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence)
Fred Coury (Cinderella)
Tom Hunting (Exodus)
Robert Mason (Warrant)
Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC)
Rich Ward (Fozzy)
Vernon Reid (Living Colour)
Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart)
Doug Pinnick (Kings'S X)
Jeff Scott Soto (Sons of Apollo)
In a tantalising prospect, drummer Gregg Bissonette and keyboard player Brett Tuggle are also set to appear, meaning that 4/5 of the original David Lee Roth band will be in the house, with only the band leader and Van Halen singer himself missing.
The original David Lee Roth band were set to reunite in 2015, only for the impromptu show to be shut down at the last minute due to concerns over safety. Speaking to eonmusic in 2017, Sheehan enthused about the groups intentions to play together once more, telling us; "It’s up to Dave, [but] I’m ready, Steve’s ready, Gregg’s ready - we’re all ready. So if Dave decides to do it, we’re ready to go”.
Ultimate NAMM Night is sponsored by DW drums, Ampeg, Mezzabara, Morley, Axis, Wedgie, Gear Secure, Coffin Case, CAD, Rock N Roll Industries, Al Bane for Leather, D’Addario, Fender, and Royal Entertainment. The show will feature performances by an All-Star artist list. Also included in will be full band performances by Flotsam & Jetsam, Sweet, and Marco Mendoza’s El Trio. Additional performers will be added right up until showtime.
Over 80 performers will present a show that is dedicated to portraying the power of music and its diverse reach. The event will showcase many different genres of music including Latin, Funk, Rock, and Metal and portray the mission of Ultimate Jam Night – bringing people together through the power of music.
As is its custom the show is offered free-of-charge with tickets available at select times during
the NAMM convention, details of which can be found HERE.
Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is community-oriented event that features live unrehearsed performances by some of music’s greatest talent, charitable-giving, comedic interludes, walk-around characters, and other entertainers. It is presented each week free-of-charge at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California. Ultimate NAMM Night 2019 is presented by RCF.
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