Steel Panther live at O2 Academy, Brixton UK on March 26th, 2014

 

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Live Photos and Gig Review Credit: Adrian Hextall (Photographer/Live Gig reporter Myglobalmind Webzine

 

 

 

Brixton Academy is one of the premier music venues in London. A sloping floor ensures every one of the 3,760 standing downstairs get an excellent view of tonight’s proceedings. With an extra 1100+ seated, the sold out crowd tonight nears 5,000 people, all here to witness the antics of Steel Panther. Much of the audience in the front 5 rows can be seen wearing a mix of Day-Glo outfits, wigs, bandanas and some of the worst leopard print spandex imaginable. The order of the night is clearly “fun”.

 

THE CRINGE

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Poles apart from the headliners in style, The Cringe open the show and get 40 minutes to impress the young crowd with their set. Hailing from New York, the birthplace of MyGlobalMind, The Cringe are about to release their fourth album ‘Hiding in Plain Slight’ and present a musical style more akin to Foo Fighters, Ramones and perhaps a little bit of Blur.

They put everything into their set to energise the audience and come across live a lot heavier and faster than on their albums. John Cusimano works the large Brixton stage well throwing himself into every song ably supported by drummer Shawn Pelton whose arms whirl constantly over his kit.

They play some clever choices of songs given the headline act and as such we get to hear Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ which they blend seamlessly from their own track ‘In God We Trust’.  The audience warm and sing back to them on this one and it allows the band who are “playing in the biggest venue of our career so far…” to really loosen up and enjoy themselves. James Rotondi on guitar and Jonny Blaze on bass look slightly lost with the extra stage space afforded to them but nevertheless add to the mix to form a very tight machine.

‘Finally Gonna Be On Your Own’ and ‘String You Along So Long’ are aired from latest album with the former track sounding like a mix of The Who and The Strokes. The use of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ at the end also ensures they finish on a high playing to an audience that has been able to sing along to something they all know well.

 

 

SETLIST

Finally Gonna Be On Your Own

Fade Out

Gravity

String You Along So Long

In God We Trust / Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover)

Poison

On and On

I Can’t Walk

Ride

Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy cover)

 

MEMBERS:

John Cusimano, vocals, guitar and keys

James “Roto” Rotondi, guitar

Jonny Blaze, bass

Shawn Pelton, drums

 

 

STEEL PANTHER

 http://www.steelpanther.tv

 

What should have been a one off comedy album, lampooning the excesses of the 1980s with the permed hair, the skin tight coloured spandex, the girls, the drugs etc.. has turned into a remarkable career for Steel Panther as shown by the totally sold out show tonight. The reason for this is clear however. Unlike spoof bands of old including Bad News from the UK, the four piece are supremely talented musicians and have a knack of writing songs that regardless of lyrical content cannot help but get you moving.

To name them by anything other than their stage names would destroy the image the band have worked so hard to produce but it’s worth mentioning that their pedigree as musicians includes stints in L.A Guns, Van Halen Tribute bands, and Satchel especially has served time with Jeff Pilson’s post- Dokken band War & Peace and Rob Halford’s band Fight.

They arrive on stage to ‘Eyes of a Panther’ from debut ‘Feel The Steel’ and en-masse the 3,700+ fans in the stands start to bounce in unison. Although a relatively simple stage set built around Stix the video screen behind them adds another layer to the comedy of their lyrics with ‘appropriate’ visuals that work very well, especially on ‘Asian Hooker’.

Two songs in and the in band banter \ insults commence. Well-rehearsed with perfect timing, Satchel and Michael Starr rip each other to pieces with petty jibes with Lexxi Foxx offering a view of the world at appropriate times in a way that only Lexxi can.

 

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This between song banter lasts the best part of 15 minutes but doesn’t get old. The songs then follow thick and fast with everything sounding like a hit single, the new songs sitting seamlessly with the older tracks. Playing in support of new album ‘All You Can Eat’, we are treated to highbrow material such as ‘Glory Hole’ , ‘Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World’ and the wonderful Def Leppard plagiarizing ‘The Burden of Being Wonderful’ which sounds very much like a modern ‘Hysteria’.

There are calls from the band to the girls in the audience to show them some “titties” (“but not the fat chicks in front of the bassist” confirms Starr). Girls of all ages oblige, caught up in the drunken frat party that is playing out in front of them. Not content with seeing the girls in the crowd, the band then invite around 40 or so up on stage to gyrate, disrobe and party. There is no shortage of takers at this point and the stage is soon full of late teens / early twenties (in several cases the websites they could appear on would be called ‘Barely Legal’) who have no qualms about removal of tops and leggings to display their wares. Given the number of video cameras in the room tonight, the DVD release may result in some explaining to parents at a later stage!

‘Community Property’ is practically sung for them by the crowd and the set is closed with ‘17 Girls In A Row’ and ‘Party All Day (Fuck All Night)’.

Everyone goes home a happy, sweaty mess and for all of the doubters out there, who see Steel Panther as nothing more than a joke, give them a chance. Look past the lyrical content and appreciate the music first (Satchel was even an instructor at The Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.) at Hollywood’s Musician’s Institute at one time) as it really is top drawer stuff.

Lyrically it’s pure comedy gold but who says rock music can’t be fun?

 

 

SETLIST

Eyes of a Panther

Tomorrow Night

Asian Hooker

Just Like Tiger Woods

Party Like Tomorrow Is The End of The World

Let Me Cum In

Turn Out The Lights

Glory Hole

The Burdon of Being Wonderful

Gold Digging Whore

It Won’t Suck Itself

Death To All But Metal

Community Property

17 Girls In A Row

Party All Day (Fuck All Night)

 

 

MEMBERS:

Michael Starr – lead vocals

Satchel – guitar

Lexxi Foxx – bass and makeup

Stix Zadinia – drums

 

Steel Panther – All You Can Eat Review

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Released by: Open E Music

Release Date: April 1st, 2014

Genre: Sleaze Lewd Hard Rock

Links: http://www.steelpanther.tv

 

 Line Up:

MICHAEL STARR – Lead Vocals

SATCHEL – Lead Guitar

LEXXI FOXX – Bass Guitar

STIX ZADINIA – Drums

 

Tracklist:

01. Pussywhipped

02. Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World

03. Gloryhole

04. Bukkake Tears

05. Gangbang At The Old Folks Home

06. Ten Strikes You’re Out

07. The Burden Of Being Wonderful

08. Fucking My Heart In The Ass

09. B.V.S.

10. You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk

11. If I Was The King

12. She’s On The Rag

 

If you are into 80’s Hair Metal, you can’t ignore the American cock-Rockers of Steel Panther. In a very short time they’ve gained a huge fanbase and most of all this is due to their image. Steel Panther are the worst nightmare for feminists, intellectuals, believers and many more. Especially the latter won’t be happy when they see the cover artwork to the new album “All You Can Eat”. Steel Panther stands for Rock’n’Roll, drugs and sexism like no other band, so the concept is clear. The question is: will this work a third time or is the whole thing worn off?

I think everybody should already know that Steel Panther is a pure 80’s Hair Metal parody. So please don’t take them and their lyrics too serious. Also this time it’s all about sex, drugs, tits, cocks, sperm, party and so on. That all is ridiculous, but it belongs to their image and some lyrics are very funny. Sometimes you just sit down and think “What the hell?!” So if you have a problem with such things – “All You Can Eat” won’t make you happy like every Steel Panther album before.

But it would be superficial just to look at those guys and judge them by their outfits and their very special humor, because behind all that parody you’ll discover four excellent musicians who really know how to write Hard Rock hits. Think of “Community Property”, “Fat Girl”, “Party All Day”, “Just Like Tiger Woods” and many, many more – musically speaking those were excellent songs.

So, what has the new album to offer? After the first listen I would say: more of the same. In my opinion too much of the same. But let’s begin with the good things: “All You Can Eat” features again some first-class Hard rock hymns, for example the first single “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World”, which became quickly one of my favorite Steel Panther songs ever. Another gem is “Gloryhole” – that one will make you move and it also offers a nice break in the middle of the song. Furthermore the stadium-rocker “Fucking My Heart In The Ass” and the two ballads “The Burden Of Being Wonderful” and “Bukkake Tears” are great examples for catchy 80’s Rock.

Sadly “All You Can Eat” has one major problem: after a few songs you feel like you are listening to the same song again and again. That means the melodies are repetitive on half of the tracks. Sometimes it feels like Steel Panther didn’t had some new ideas to present. For example the opener “Pussywhipped” sounds so irrelevant to me. Also the rythm section sounds the same on many tracks. For sure, every song on here rocks, but the songwriting on previous albums was much better. To be honest after nine songs I was a bit bored and this is the worst thing that can happen to you while you are listening to a Steel Panther record, because all the parody, comedy and party-feeling no longer serve their purpose.

Productionswise it’s all really good – like I said: it kicks ass. Speaking about the band members two performances are really outstanding and that is the strong vocal performance by Michael Starr and the virtuoso guitar-work from Satchel.

Yeah that was a short Review this time, but there is nothing more to say. I had big expectations on “All You Can Eat” and just half of the songs could fulfill them. I’m pretty sure, most tracks will work on stage very well, because Steel Panther are a fantastic live band, but the record itself sounds too repetitive. Steel Panther copy themselves again and again. This is still much fun at times, but it’s far away from the class the previous records had. So I’m a bit disappointed, but nevertheless I can recommend this album to Hair Metal fanatics and all the Fanthers out there will buy it anyway. Solid stuff!

 

Written    by    Thomas

Ratings    Thomas    7/10