During a time when tragedy has rocked the city of Boston to its core, Steel Panther rolled into town ‘Balls Out,’ offering a bit of escapism wrapped up nicely in leopard print and spandex. Albeit it for a one night stand only, their show last night (April 17) provided a much needed dose of music-inspired therapy for a strong city that’s slowly putting the pieces back together after a long and devastating week.
Glamped up and ready to go, the naughty by nature Panther boys – Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia - took to the stage and immediately launched into ‘Supersonic Sex Machine,’ quickly setting the tone for the evening. Their set was primarily made up of tracks off of their last two releases ‘Balls Out’ and ‘Feel the Steel,’ from anthemic tunes like ‘Death to All But Metal’ and sexed up songs like ‘It Won’t Suck Itself’ and ‘Weenie Ride.'
Arguably, the best part of any Panther show are the onstage antics. Always finding the time between songs to take digs at each other or unsuspecting fans in the audience, guitar ace Satchel introduced singer Michael Starr as a “chubbier version of David Lee Roth,” while Starr responded that he prefers to think of himself as "a skinnier version of Vince Neil.” Hard to argue with that, right?
The ribbing wasn’t reserved for just the band either. Setting his sights on a couple in the audience, Satchel described their relationship as a Mercedes dating a smart car. That’s when Starr chimed in with perhaps the best line of the night, saying, “She’s like the New England Patriots and he’s like the N.Y. Jets.” Appealing to the home team is always a bonus when you're in Boston. Well played, Michael, well played.
And then of course there is the music. Tunes like ‘Asian Hooker’ and ‘Community Property’ quickly spawned crowd sing-a-longs with a few fans even making their way onto the stage before the show was over to grope..er...sing with the band. Steel Panther shows are a party from the word go. If you’re not having fun, you may need to check your pulse.
Steel Panther are definitely an acquired taste, there’s no doubt about that. There are those that get it, and those that clearly don’t. As someone who dove head first into the ‘hair band’ genre of music in the late eighties and early '90s, Steel Panther is like a one way ticket time machine taking me back to the days where the guitar solos were gratuitous and the hair was measured by the yard stick - a time when music was just plain fun. While I would hardly call them a nostalgic act, they do make me feel nostalgic.
Steel Panther are currently working on their third studio album, due out later this year. Their tour continues through August with stops at festivals like Rock on the Range and Canada's Heavy MTL.
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