- Ralph Saenz as Michael Starr
- Russ Parish as Satchel
- Travis Haley as Lexxi Foxx
- Darren Leader as Stix Zadinia
This was my second time at a Steel Panther show. The first time, I knew I just had to get access to photograph them, because, frankly, these guys are off the chain freakin’ awesome. Aptly named, Michael Starr on lead vocals/guitars, Satchel on lead guitar, Lexxi Foxx on bass and Stix Zadinia on drums, these 80s glam metal Gods meet Spinal Tap on uber steroids are living caricatures. Most Mondays Steel Panther headlines the House of Blues in West Hollywood and you can bet the house will be packed with SP fans of which many are celebrities from the film-tv and music world.
So what can you expect when you go to a Steel Panther concert? Lots of raunchy talk, heavy metal music, rock star guests and oh yes, girls on stage taking their tops off. What?! SP shows are notorious for attracting the exhibitionists among us, or with a little coaxing and a lot of alcohol girls willing to expose their boobs on stage. For the most part, it’s all in good fun and some of these girls appear to make repeat visits. Uh-huh. Both times I’ve seen them there have been special guests from major hard rock and metal bands sitting in with the boys kicking proverbial ass.
Steel Panther plays both covers and their own original material, however don’t let the makeup and silliness fool you, these guys are pros and some of the best musicians I’ve seen in LA. Quips and one liners between songs are fast and furious, picking out audience members and off-color jokes, are all a part of the fun. Currently Steel Panther is in the studio finishing up an album and if it’s anything like their previous one, “Balls Out,” you can bet it will be another irreverent foray.
I highly recommend experiencing a Steel Panther show, especially if you’re a fan of 80s metal, but be forewarned, content is X-rated, so if you plan to bring a date, make sure they’re cool with that. You can check out their website for more details.