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Real School's Dave Reffett to Headline NAMM Metal Jam 2012!

Posted by Real School on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 @ 44:03 PM

By: Dave Reffett - #realschoolofmusic

nammmetaljam2012 (1)Some of you may not know what the NAMM show is, but it’s basically thought of as the Super Bowl of the music products industry. It's where all of the major music product manufacturers show off their new products, and all of the big stars come to "see and be seen," and show off their new signature products and promote their gear, as well.

Last years NAMM show was an amazing experience for me. I got to jam live with legends such as George Lynch and Chris Poland. George and Chris were kind enough to play on my album “The Call Of The Flames” and it was great to play together again. I also appeared on Rusty Cooley's Guitar Asylum TV show, which airs in Houston and then goes worldwide on their website and You Tube. I appear at the 5:48 mark in this episode, which also featured Yngwie Malmsteen and Phil Collen from Def Leppard.

This year I'm getting to do something very special as well. I am headlining a show that has been dubbed the NAMM METAL JAM 2012!

This show features me on lead guitar; on vocals is Neil Turbin, the original lead singer for Anthrax and current singer for the Death Riders; and on drums will be legendary Racer X front man turned accomplished drummer Jeff Martin. Jeff currently plays for the amazing guitarist Michael Schenker who was originally in UFO. Jeff has also played drums for Badlands, Dokken, Paul Gilbert and many others. On Bass guitar we have Rev Jones, who has played in Steelheart and is currently in Mountain. Rev was also in the very successful band Fuel, as well as Black Symphony.

Something else very special for me about this year's show is that I am including one of our students from The Real School Of Music named Joe Gettler. Joe is a vocal student of our very accomplished vocal teacher Joshua Rajman, but Joe is also an awesome guitar player. Joe and I knew each other vaguely through a mutual friend, but it was at Real School that we really connected and became friends. He would come in to my teaching room after his vocal lessons to say hello, and we would make small talk from time to time about bands we both liked. At one point, we decided to get together and jam. What I found in Joe is a very focused awesome musician with a great attitude. So when this NAMM METAL JAM concert was presented to me and I needed another guitarist, Joe was a perfect fit.

I got Joe a pass to the NAMM show as a guest of Esoterik Guitars, with whom I have a signature model guitar product line. Esoterik's DR-3 model is going to be unveiled at this year's NAMM show.

This NAMM METAL JAM concert will be an absolute blast. We're playing at the Chain Reaction on Wednesday, January 18th, and will be playing songs by all of our favorite groups such as Dio, Michael Schenker Group, Deep Purple, Motorhead, and many more.


Dave Reffett has played with some of the most well respected musicians in Hard Rock & Metal, such as George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, Souls Of We), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, Steve Vai, Extreme), Michael Angelo Batio, Chris Poland (Megadeth, Ohm, Damn The Machine), Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond, Eidolon, Hail), Joe Stump (Holy Hell, Reign Of Terror), and many more. He has also been featured in magazines such as Europe’s Hard Rocker magazine, Gitar Plus magazine in Asia, Axe Magazine in Italy, and many others including the world’s largest magazine for musicians, Guitar World. You can check out Dave’s Guitar World columns and celebrity interviews here.

Tags: guitar, Dave Reffett, NAMM, Metal