I saw Steel Panther tonight with my cousin Dan and his cousin David – Katie couldn’t make it because she had a fever.
There was, sadly, a definite lack of awesomeness at the show as a result of my sister not being there. Such a dearth, I might add, that I can’t help but add a manual emoticon to display my disappointment:
Hey, at least it isn’t one of those stupid yellow faces.
Overall, I’d have to give the show two thumbs up. And maybe even some snaps in a z-formation. It was extremely entertaining. More f-bombs dropped than I can even begin to relate.
I’m not going to try to describe the show – partly because it’s 1:35AM, and partly because it kind of defies explanation. It was very much a show – not just a bunch of guys playing 80s and early 90s hair metal. I was expecting more covers (I think they only played one), but wasn’t in the least bit disappointed with their original stuff. Their ‘original stuff’ was basically cobbled-together cover licks, riffs and beats anyway. But very well done. Simple, simple lyrics that even I was singing along with by the second verse.
Lots of talking: the band spent quite a bit of time making fun of each other and the audience. Lots of references to sex (specifically of the oral variety), especially with other dude’s girls. The show was rife with puerile humor; which, in this case, was not a bad thing. Though it seemed ad-libbed, it was quite obvious that these guys knew what they were doing. The were excellent entertainers.
I was really surprised by (and impressed with) the number of people who were singing along right from the first chords. Steel Panther is much bigger than I expected. Hits such as “Asian Hooker” were played early on:
Check out the videos (of slightly better quality) on SteelPantherRocks.com (click here). If you’re a MySpace cadet, here’s a link to their page in that forum. And here’s the link to the ‘official’ Steel Panther page on YouTube.
Being a professional touring band, they also have music videos of much higher production quality, like this one for “Fat Girls (Thar She Blows)“:
Because I’m somewhat of a sensitive kind of guy, I have to say that I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the over-the-top objectification of women that permeated every bit of the show. Which isn’t to say that I was unable to set my sensitivities aside and rock out like the effin animal I am at a show (when they were actually playing music).