Sunday, December 13, 2009

Steel Panther: A Screaming, Hilariously Good Time

Lexxi Foxxx On The Stripper Pole
Photo Credit - Julie Kasperson

The following post was contributed by WHV contributor Julie Kasperson. She can be contacted through her Facebook Site.
I happened to catch a Steel Panther show at Aliante Station on a recent Saturday night. They also play Green Valley Ranch on Fridays, while traveling to L.A. during the week. After experiencing the show, I can see why the band, formerly known as Metal Skool, has a loyal local following.

If you are old enough to remember “This is Spinal Tap” then you will understand and appreciate the musical and comedic stylings of Steel Panther. The group consists of four members: lead singer Michael Starr, guitarist Satchel, bassist Lexxi Foxxx, and drummer Stix Zadinia.

Don’t get me wrong…this band rocks! They are all actually very talented musicians that happen to enjoy doing very funny send-ups of every hair band you remember from the ‘80’s. During the show you’ll hear covers of songs from Van Halen, Motley Crue, Skid Row, and other heavy metal bands. They also play and sing their own material, which is very x-rated and often very funny.

They have a disclaimer posted outside the Access Showroom at Aliante Station that reads: “Steel Panther performs an adult-oriented show that is for mature audiences only.” This is to forewarn people with delicate sensibilities and that are easily offended to stay the hell away. If you like your music hard and loud, with very adult-oriented comedic activities in-between, then this is the show for you.

Bass player Lexxi Foxxx continuously checked himself out in a hand mirror, while applying lip gloss and tossing back his long, head-band covered blond locks. The group had go-go dancers pole dancing on stage, and Lexxi took an opportunity during one song to try out the pole himself, with hilarious results. They also like to kid each other about their age and lead singer Michael will do kicks and leaps, or at least try to, while trying not to hurt his legs or back in the process.

I saw the band’s CD on iTunes. People would write reviews saying how awful the band was, but other reviewers came to their defense and said you have to see the show to appreciate how talented and funny these guys are. My point exactly. You want a free show that will rock you and put a grin across your face? This is it!

Some photos by Julie Kasperson
of Steel Panther

Steel Panther Group Shot One

Steel Panther Group Shot Two


Anonymous said...

sounds like a great time! Long live rock n roll!

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