By Bob Linneman
Steel Panther brought their "Sunset Strip Live!" tour through the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) last night, and you could almost touch it (if you wanted). Always delivering a solid performance, a Steel Panther show is a combination of Spinal Tap comedy and pure musical madness.
The dialogue between songs were quick and witty and it’s great when a talented band like Steel Panther can make fun of themselves and the entire 80's hair rock bands genre. Throughout the show, the band would throw out so many clichés (on purpose), which had me laughing throughout the night. I mean, picture the bass guitarist (Lexxi) applying lip gloss on stage!!!
In between the banter, the band excelled as they ran through various classic rock hits. Satchel did something I’ve never seen before, ripping an awesome solo, while standing at Stix's drum kit, using it to play along with the solo. Another comedic example was when Guitarist Satchel stated that they could play any song, and started the riff to Guns n' Roses "Sweet Child of Mine", only to stop about half way through it, saying: "We are still working on that one", causing a huge laugh in the audience. As stated before, Steel Panther encompass everything about the Rock n Roll lifestyle, or the public’s perception of it, on stage.
Steel Panther shows are pure adult fun and those who lived through those years will enjoy them the most. The band consists of Michael Starr on vocals, Satchel on guitar, Lexxi Foxxx on bass, and Stix Zadinia on drums. The Sunset Strip Live! tour continues through May in the US, and then goes over to Europe starting in Ukraine in June.
Complete Setlist: Eyes of a Panther, Goin' in the Backdoor, Pour Some Sugar on Me (Def Leppard cover), Fat Girl (Thar She Blows), Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne cover), Poontang Boomerang, Guitar Solo, Dance The Night Away (Van Halen cover), Girl From Oklahoma, Livin' on a Prayer (Bon Jovi cover), Gloryhole, Community Property, Death to All but Metal, Encore: Party All Day (Fuck All Night)