Steel Panther have been a Hollywood mainstay for years, covering heaping helpings of classic ’80s anthems from the likes of Poison, Van Halen, and even Guns N’ Roses. The band have also released a collection of original material, including 2003’s Hole Patrol and 2009’s Feel the Steel, which both fully highlight the band’s raucous sense of humor and phenomenal musical abilities. While the band’s residency has recently returned to LA’s legendary Key Club, they graced the stage outside of the venue on Saturday at the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
While I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the band on more than one occasion, Saturday’s show was the very first time that they performed (almost) an entire set of their own material, with only a glam metal rendition of the Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” thrown in for good measure.
Interjecting their signature brand of completely shameless stage banter during lulls between songs, frontman Michael Starr and guitar virtuoso Satchel ripped on everyone from “Asian Hooker”’s to the disabled man in the crowd; at a Steel Panther show, no one is off limits. And aside from the band’s ongoing crowd harassment, bassist Lexxi Foxxx spent the majority of the set encouraging girls to pull up their shirts and make out with each other. It’s good to know that no aspect of the band’s live show was sacrificed for their daytime, festival performance.
The band went on to perform facetious tracks like “Death to All But Metal” and “Girl From Oklahoma,” but it was their performance of “Community Property” that truly set the crowd off. Crooning the absolutely absurd chorus, “My heart belongs to you; My love is pure and true; My heart belongs to you; But my cock is community property.”
Whether it’s late night in one of LA’s illustrious clubs, or mid-day outside on the Sunset Strip, it’s always a good time at a Steel Panther show. These four extremely talented musicians have brought the fun back to heavy metal and have restored the vitality of the Sunset Strip.
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All Photos By: Justin Geiger