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Steel Panther Live Show Review April 29, 2018 Webster Theater

 

Steel Panther

Live Show Review

April 29, 2018

Webster Theater, Hartford, CT

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

I wish I was in my twenties living on the Sunset Strip in the eighties!  Last night at The Webster Theater, Steel Panther took me on a time machine ride back to those days with their animal print leggings, long hair with bandanas, makeup, and exaggerated glam rock.  Damn, I hate when the guys are more beautiful than I could ever imagine to be. The Sunset Strip Live! Tour is in motion and ready to entertain.  I had seen these guys live once for a short set at a very hot outdoor festival several years ago, so I’m glad I finally was able to witness the complete debauchery this time around. After an explosive opening by Connecticut’s own, In The Red, the crowd was warmed and ready, and perhaps a little wet...from frontman Cody whipping his open water bottle into the crowd, of course.

 

Los Angeles’ comedic glam metal band, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and currently consists of Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxx (bass), and Stix Zadinia (drums).  Their live show consists of lots of interludes of storytelling, fun making, and vulgar jokes about tits, dicks, and well, you get the picture.   Before the band even took the stage, I knew it was going to be unique as I noticed the dildo hanging off the drum kit.  This is not a show for the easily offended.

 

The set began with original fan favorites “Eyes of a Panther” and “Goin’ in the Backdoor.” Although I love their originals, the covers from Van Halen, Ozzy, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard were an added bonus with flawless guitar riffs by Satchel and thunderous beats by Stix.  A drunk young woman named Kate was brought onstage and a personal song was made up just for her as she tried to stand up and escape a few times.  Starr would yell at her to sit back down on the stool saying, “Do you have a hip problem or something?”  She was a great sport and even sang along in the mic before finally being able to escape off stage.  During interludes, the amazingly gorgeous Lexxi would hold up a mirror, re-applying lipstick and Aqua Net and Starr would do a frequent hat change, while Satchel would entertain the audience.  While performing “Living On a Prayer” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me, Starr invited a bunch of girls on stage to dance in true Steel Panther fashion, dancing and sharing the microphone with them.  There was a fan dressed as Santa in the crowd, which of course became a punchline for many of Starr’s jokes, including, “Santa has many ho, ho, hoes.”  

 

 

I think two of my favorite songs that they performed live are “Gloryhole” and “Community Property,” which they played near the end, before concluding with “Death to All but Metal”  followed by a crowd demanding encore of “Party All Day (Fuck All Night).  I was well behaved, personally, but there were certainly some boobies flying out of shirts and lots of vulgar gestures.  It wouldn’t be a Steel Panther show without!!  Not only was it a great night of music, but also the best comedy show I’ve ever witnessed.  Definitely worth a Sunday night out in Hartford.

 

 

“Jump” by Van Halen cover courtesy of Benny Goodman:

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