Bands like Steel Panther are a rare breed these days.
During the 80s hair metal was everywhere, then grunge hit and Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Poison fell out of style. But Steel Panther aim to bring back that whole 80s era, along with its penchant for drugs, sex and glam, and, by all accounts, they're succeeding. Take this sold out show at the O2 Academy for example: complete with confetti explosions and topless audience members, it felt like being transported back to an era when rock music was all about partying, hard.
Song titles like "Asian Hooker" and "17 Girls in a Row" tell you humour is a big part of Steel Panther's act, and this gig was a cross between a rock concert and stand-up comedy. The onstage banter was some of the funniest I've ever heard, but the music was great too. That's because all four members are incredibly talented musicians, having plied their trade on LA's Sunset Strip for years before making it big; guitarist, Satchel's shred solo was astonishing.
Some of the songs from the band's newest album, All You Can Eat, seem a little tired in their humour, but Steel Panther is all about making music fun, and this was the most fun I've had at a concert in a long, long time.
Joe E. Allen