STEEL PANTHER Live Photo Review
STEEL PANTHER ~Live Photo Review
Royal Oak Music Theater
December 13, 2015
Photos & review by Eric @eRock6of6 exclusively for @fullmetalrock
With Special Guests: Artificial Agent
Los Angeles' glam metal satirists Steel Panther ripped and roared their way through the Royal Oak Music Theater to a capacity crowd last Sunday night. One of a number of scheduled stops across the US in 2015-16 as they are out in support of their first, second and third major label releases, Feel the Steel, Balls Out and All You Can Eat, respectively. Vocalist Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz), guitarist Satchel (Russ Parrish), bassist Lexxi Foxx (Travis Haley) and drummer Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) have garnered quite the following since becoming Steel Panther in 2008, opening for numerous metal acts and winning over fans worldwide.
This particular retro rock n' roll party was kicked off by local metal band Artificial Agent who are influenced by a lot of the same bands they've had the opportunity to open for: Vince Neil, Ace Frehley, Alice Cooper, Poison, Eagles of Death Metal and of course Steel Panther. Derek Jendza (vocals), Mike Elgert (guitar), Brad Jendza (bass), Karl Crafton (drums) draw from those influences and do an effective job drawing the crowd in with songs such as "Psychomotor Agitation", "How to be Evil", "Yankee Rose" & if you 'have a fever' then you'll find the cowbell on "Master Blaster" is just what the DRx ordered.
Steel Panther were greeted to the stage by a thunderous roar from the crowd. David Lee Roth-like frontman Michael Starr engages the fans and away we go into the "Eyes of a Panther". One should note that a fundamental part of any Steel Panther show (besides seeing a number of woman lifting their tops) is that there is a bit of schtick that plays upon every 80's glam metal stereotype you can think of, two-fold. Their songs are crude, offensive and tongue-in-cheek, but that doesn't stop the crowd from singing along when prompted and even when not. But behind all of the 'funny business', the fact of the matter is that these guys are really all great musicians and are as polished as any other top metal act out there.
They performed some of the Steel Panther 'classics': "Ten Strikes You're Out", “Asian Hooker", “Just Like Tiger Woods", and the anthemic tunes~ “Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World" and “Death to All but Metal" which really had the sell-out crowd clamoring for more. They even gave us a taste of a cover in Skid Row's "18 and Life". In between songs Starr would banter back and forth between his bandmates and/or the audience. He said Detroit was his favorite city to play, but was swiftly called out by Satchel saying he said the same thing to the crowd in Cleveland the night before.
The highlight for me though came midway through the set when Satchel dazzled the audience with his fretwork for what was roughly a 5-minute guitar solo. At one point, he even provides his own beat and stands behind Stix's drum kit while shredding out some classic riffs like Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls", AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", and Ozzy Osbourne's "Iron Man" just to name a few.
If you've never attended a Steel Panther show before it's become quite the event to behold. It's an event where the people watching is just as entertaining as the performances themselves. Metal hungry 'Fanthers' (as they are referred) decked out in their 80's glam-rock best. Leopard print, tiger stripes, leather, spandex, bandannas, eye-liner and long-haired manes (fake and natural), amongst other things (fake and natural). Some people may not get what Steel Panther is all about and that's fine, it's not for everybody. But these fans do... and they love it. There's a lot of crazy stuff goin' on in the world these days and these good-natured metal heads are just looking for 'nothin but a good time'.
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Eyes of a Panther ("Feel the Steel")
Tomorrow Night ("Balls Out")
Fat Girl ("Feel the Steel")
Just Like Tiger Woods ("Balls Out")
Turn Out the Lights ("Feel the Steel")
Asian Hooker ("Feel the Steel")
Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World ("All You Can Eat")
Ten Strikes You're Out ("All You Can Eat")
Girl From Oklahoma ("Feel the Steel")
17 Girls in a Row ("Balls Out")
Gloryhole ("All You Can Eat")
Death to All But Metal ("Feel the Steel")
Community Property ("Feel the Steel")
Party All Day ("Feel the Steel")
Steel Panther Are:
Michael Starr - high notes, screams & satire
Satchel - all things with six-strings
Lexxi Foxx - pouty-lipped guitar player with only four strings
Stix Zadinia - skin pounder and metal crasher
Remaining Tour Dates:
Jan 07 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
Jan 08 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues Las Vegas
Jan 09 Boise, ID - Revolution Center
Jan 14 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
Jan 15 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues Las Vegas
Jan 16 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Jan 21 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
Jan 22 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues Las Vegas
Jan 23 San Diego, CA - House of Blues San Diego
Mar 10-14 Kid Rock Cruise
Aug 06 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
Aug 11 Villena, Spain - Leyendas Festival XI
Aug 19 Dinkelsbuehl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival
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