House of Blues Anaheim
March 3, 2017
Kicking off their North American tour, Steel Panther celebrated the 1-year anniversary of House of Blues Anaheim’s new address to the delight of a sold out OC crowd.
Singer Michael Starr, guitarist Satchel, bassist Lexxi Foxx and drummer Stix Zadinia left no stone unturned as they rocked 80’s nostalgia all night long. The set list was long and winding, kicking things off with “Everybody Wants Some” by Van Halen.
For what seems like forever, I heard tales about the band. A group of LA glam rock misfits paying tribute to legends of yesteryear. Finally seeing them live was a treat and it’s safe to say no one left disappointed.
The comedic banter between Starr and Satchel was never-ending. The prototypical “Show us your boobs” line was thrown out early, as one sultry vixen on the floor obliged to the cheering section.
From their 2009 debut album, Feel The Steel, the foursome leaped into “Eye of the Panther,” one of many catalog hits. The crowd was a solid mix of 20-something year old party rockers dressed in their best spandex, denim jackets and wigs, along with past their prime mom’s and dad’s reliving their glory years.
Starr’s vocals perfectly pay homage to David Lee Roth, while the rhythm section keeps a feverish pace. No one these guys love what their doing. Living out the rock star dreams one song at a time.
A personal highlight came when Satchel wailed away at the beginning of “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne. Starr played the part, singing, shuffling along stage, and even screaming ‘SHARON’ to rambunctious fans that sang along with pleasure.
The night took a turn when a woman was brought on stage to celebrate her birthday. She helped sing along and gyrated on the lead singer. In typical rock star fashion, the band would then invite another 20 or so ladies up as the party atmosphere continued into the night. Girls were dancing, making out, twerking, and basically living out their fantasies while the foursome played classics by Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, and Warrant.
The sophomoric humor continued with the track “Poontang Boomerang,” off their latest release Lower The Bar. Later a teenage boy was brought on stage and presumably mimicked his way through a track as the audience cheered on the young protégé in the making.
The night seemed to drag on as the songs and punch lines became redundant, but it was not for a lack of effort. True to their billing, the guys rocked n’ rolled for the entire set and made a room full of people sing till their hearts desired.
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