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Every year tens of thousands of people from all over the world descend upon Anaheim for the annual winter NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) convention.

Affliction was all over the place, from Dimebash in Hollywood to interviewing rock stars at the Dean Guitars / DDrum and ESP booths at NAMM.

Let’s start from the beginning…

Right after our very successful #AfflictionStudios Grand Opening party last Thursday night, we hit the ground running on Friday at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood with Dimebash 2016.  Dimebash is a all-star charity event in the name of Dimebag Darrell, iconic guitarist from Pantera who was killed in Ohio 11 years ago on stage in what is considered to be one of the most shocking and tragic events in rock history.  All proceeds went to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Foundation, and the event was put together by Dime’s widow Rita Haney, music director Nick Bowcott (Marshall Amps), Monster Energy Drink, and I was proud to host and sing in it!

We helped out by donating over 300 high quality Affliction x Dimebash shirts to Rita to help raise funds and to help make fans look a lot cooler!  C’mon!

Dimebag was all about having a good time and making sure everyone around him was having one too!  And that’s exactly what happened that night!

Whenever we can, friends, family and peers get together to jam out tunes that Dime would love to play and hear himself.  From Pantera to Kiss to Iron Maiden, Dimebash 2016 was an all-star jam session of mega proportions that included badasses like Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters, Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society, Phil & Rex from Pantera, Roberto Trujillo from Metallica, Robb, Phil & Jared from Machine Head, Gary Holt from Slayer/Exodus, and members from King’s X, Stone Sour, Kyng, Prong, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, Flotsam & Jetsam and more!

By the way, every musician on stage that night volunteered to be there.  Not one of them got paid, and were there because they love Dimebag!

There were so many highlights from Dimebash, but in order to not make this super long, let’s go with my Top Three:

1.  Motorhead tribute with sick performance of “Ace Of Spades” featuring Phil Anselmo on vocals holding the mic above his head the whole time just like Lemmy would do, Roberto Trujillo on bass, Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, ex-Slayer) on drums and Dave Grohl rocking the guitar!

2.  Headbanging with Dave Grohl to Pantera’s “A New Level” as we watched our friends bring it!

3.  Singing THREE Pantera songs (“Revolution Is My Name” with KYNG, plus “Mouth For War” and later in the set “Cowboys From Hell”) on stage in front of my idols!  What a trip!?!

The next morning we went to the Anaheim Convention Center to work at NAMM for Dean Guitars / DDrum.  All day Saturday and Sunday I did on-camera interviews with endorsed artists throughout Dean’s set up at NAMM for the guitar company’s YouTube page.  I hung out with lots of amazing talented players such as Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, Eric Peterson from Testament, drumming legend Carmine Appice, Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, young shredder Jacky Vincent from Cry Venom (formerly of Falling In Reverse), veteran axe man Michael Angelo Batio and more!

All video evidence of these NAMM hangs currently live on Dean Guitar’s YouTube page and I know we posted a bunch of them on our socials as well.

It was a freaking busy weekend, but when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work!

Thanks to all of you that came by to Dimebash or said what’s up at NAMM, we appreciate all of your continued support and look forward to doing more kick ass stuff in the future!

DaveGrohl_photobytameaDave Grohl playing DIMEBASH 2016 at Lucky Strike, Los Angeles

Dimebash_Affliction_teeOfficial DIMEBASH 2016 Tee, designed by Affliction

Dimebash_posterDIMEBASH 2016

IMG_9196Jose Mangin (Sirius/XM/Affliction) in action at DIMEBASH 2016

RMW_DeanGuitars_namm2016-2732-2Jose taking time out to take photos with fans in the Dean Guitar booth at NAMM 2016

RMW_DeanGuitars_namm2016-2954-5Dave Mustaine signing away at the Dean Guitar Booth at NAMM 2016

RMW_DeanGuitars_namm2016-2991-2Good friends, Jose Mangin and Dave Mustaine hanging out at NAMM 2016

RMW_DeanGuitars_namm2016-3482-4Jose cracking Dave up, as always

RMW_DeanGuitars_namm2016-3511-2This 24K Gold Leaf finish, atop a blood red paint job, is a first for Dean Guitars and introduces a unique design idea by MEGADETH guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine.

Celebrating 33 years of MEGADETH, only 33 of these one-of-a-kind, hand-laid gold-leaf guitars are being produced worldwide, making it a must-have collector’s item for guitar aficionados and fans of the Mustaine series of guitars.

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 9.59.19 PMJose Mangin interviews John Connolly of Sevendust in the Dean Guitar booth at NAMM 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-01-31-at-9.58.32-PMJose Mangin interviews Eric Peterson of Testament in the Dean Guitar booth at NAMM 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-01-31-at-10.00.04-PMJose Mangin interviews Michael Angelo Batio in the Dean Guitar booth at NAMM 2016

BA_Sisters_NAMM2016The B.A. Sisters at the ESP/Affliction booth at NAMM 2016

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