Article and Photos by Andrés Alvarado
Steel Panther hauls around a rather unorthodox style to their rock-n-roll madness. Revered by their fans, questioned by the critics, and performing along without a care in the world – for so it seems. “Eighties glam-rock cliches” might be the best way to describe this foursome. Yet, here’s the thing, their system completely works to their advantage. Go figure!
The night takes place at the swanky digs of the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta. Packed house, beers flowing, decent tunes, and some perfectly timed one-liners is what’s up for the evening – Steel Panther plays gracious host. Middle aged men in neon bright spandex and leather vests, cooling bandanas to keep those tall hairdos in check, throw in a few sexually charged jokes, a splash of metal razzle dazzle, and presto, the Steel Panther algorithm has been deciphered.
Individually, each member plays a specific role within this theatrical shindig. Front-man Michael Starr holds Poison lead singer Bret Michaels as some sort of personal Jesus, and hopes to one day be as half as good. Bassist Lexxi Foxx is the vain personality; constantly fluffing his do and reapplying lipstick for the camera — bass duties definitely take a back seat to appearances. Bully buff guitarist Satchel is the answer to the question: What would it look like if The Karate Kid’s Johnny Lawrence played in a band?. While drummer Stix Zadinia is the quiet member — yet snatches the spotlight with some drum kit penis paraphernalia and his Rick Allen of Def Leppard parody impersonation.
Generally speaking, this is a fun show. No joke. The Steel Panther lads take their craft seriously; even if the act is of a jocular flair. It’s rather impressive how this spoof outfit molded a niche within the industry and redefined how success in music is measured. Love them or hate them, Steel Panther is here to stay. In all honesty, just check them out, they are a gnarly act to follow — and they might even bring a smile to your face. Cheers!
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