In my Guitars and Stars Part 1 post I told you the backstory about how we came to visit the winter NAMM Show – the National Association of Music Merchandisers – held in Los Angeles, CA.
While we were there to do research into the music industry, Greg also greatly enjoyed roaming the aisles and aisles and aisles of guitars, drums, basses, and every peripheral musical instrument imaginable.
He was amazed to walk past some of the biggest names in 1980s Heavy Metal – Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Ozzy Osbourne, George Lynch of Dokken, Duff McKagan of Guns ‘n Roses, Carlos Cavazo of Quiet Riot/Ratt, Frank Hannon of Tesla, Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, David Ellefson of Megadeath, and prolific studio musician Kenny Aronoff – all walking the aisles, mostly unnoticed among the throngs of people. I even saw Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead strolling through the lobby of our hotel. No one even glanced twice at him!
As neither of us had ever been to Los Angeles, we made time to do a few touristy things like visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame…
browsing in Prada while strolling along Rodeo Drive,..
and walking along the boardwalk in Venice Beach.,,
Of course we had to capture the iconic Hollywood sign as seen from the Griffith Observatory…
We also went to the infamous music club Whisky a Go Go…
We combined this trip with a jaunt over to the Las Vegas furniture market to sleuth out new manufacturers that would be a good match for EuroLuxHome.com to sell online.
Of course, as antiques dealers we couldn’t resist a stop at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, home of the History Channel’s Pawn Stars. I even posed for a photo with Rick Harrison – or his cardboard cutout, at any rate.
Back at NAMM, there were lots of free concerts too – Elle King, Sarah McLaughlin, J.T. Taylor from Kool & the Gang.
We learned a lot, and Greg even got to meet his guitar idol, George Lynch, telling him he was the reason Greg started playing guitar all those years ago. “Sorry about that,” was George’s humble response. Greg and I always enjoy a good road trip, and this one was both productive and fun.
Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.