People were already waiting around the corner when this reviewer arrived at The Forum last night, but it wasn’t so much a surprise considering Steel Panther were playing. After all, this show sold out so quickly that they had to announce a second show! It was a different experience going to a show and only seeing one band perform, but with Steel Panther performing an exclusive ‘Sunset Strip’ show that was two sets in one night, it was most definitely one this reviewer was excited about.
Walking out on stage at roughly 8:30 pm, Michael Starr (Vocals), Satchel (Lead Guitar), Lexxi Foxx (Bass) and Stix Zadinia (Drums) were greeted by 2000 fans cheering in unison before kicking off their first set with Eyes Of A Panther. Keeping the show moving, fans were treated to Going In The Back Door and Asian Hooker; the vocal harmonization between Starr and those singing along was just an amazing sight!
After a little bit of friendly banter that included Stix doing his best Rick Allen impersonation, fans were treated to Just Like Tiger Woods, Poontang Boomerang, 17 Girls In A Row, and Gloryhole… and breasts, plenty of breasts! Starr invited on stage to join them one lady who was hoisted on someone’s shoulders and proudly showing off, before pulling her up a stool and dedicating Girl From Oklahoma to her. Community Property turned into an impromptu duet before the fans got one last viewing of chest puppies and the lovely lady left the stage.
Starr then took a few moments to talk about when Steel Panther first started all those years ago and how their initial intention was to revive the soul of metal that suffered a horrible death all those years ago. The band closed out the first set of the night with Death To All But Metal before leaving the stage, thankfully to return before too long.
After a twenty-minute interval, the band re-graced the stage for their second set of the night; this one comprised entirely of covers from the band’s early days! After some friendly banter between Satchel and Starr about Starr looking like Vince Neil, Steel Panther opened with Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart, before treating fans to Rock You Like A Hurricane by Scorpions, and Jump by Van Halen. During Jump, Starr, Satchel, and Foxx gave their best Van Halen impersonations including the little poses that David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and Michael Anthony all pulled in the video clip.
The impersonations kept coming as Satchel did his best Zakk Wylde impression whilst Starr strolled around on stage pretending to be Ozzy Osbourne, even taking on the voice and calling out for wife Sharon during Crazy Train. Satchel was left on stage alone before shining during a small solo, which ended up with him standing behind Stix’s drum kit and using the kick pedal at the same time! The rest of the band resumed their positions on stage and treated fans to AC/DC’s Highway To Hell (including Satchel doing the Angus Young shuffle). This also came with a bonus treat for fans as Joel O’Keeffe, the vocalist for Airbourne, joined Starr on stage for the Aussie number.
Before kicking off Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi and Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard, Starr put the call out for all the ladies in the house to come and join them on stage. Next thing you knew, there was bodies dancing everywhere as the band was sporting smiles bigger than the entrance to Luna Park! Once those lovely ladies left the stage (without a single boob being shown to the disappointment of Starr), fans were treated to Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again which transitioned mid-song into The Joker by Steve Miller (where Satchel then pointed out that it was the exact same chords and a rip-off of Whitesnake)! This turned into a small medley of songs that ripped off Whitesnake, including Smash Mouth’s All Star and Weezer’s Beverly Hills before fans were treated to a reggae cover of Here I Go Again.
If you thought it couldn’t get better than seeing Steel Panther close out the covers set with Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses, you would be greatly mistaken when you learn that Starr was doing his best Axl Rose dance impression before Satchel joined in as well! Thanking fans and walking off stage to a huge round of applause and cheers of “one more song”, Steel Panther came back and delivered what fans wanted, drawing the night to a close with Party All Day (F*ck All Night).
STEEL PANTHER SETLIST
Eyes Of A Panther
Going In The Back Door
Just Like Tiger Woods
17 Girls In A Row
Girl From Oklahoma
Death To All But Metal
Kickstart My Heart (Motley Crue Cover)
Rock You Like A Hurricane (Scorpions Cover)
Jump (Van Halen Cover)
Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne Cover)
Guitar Solo – Satchel
Highway To Hell w/ Joel from Airbourne (AC/DC Cover)
Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi Cover)
Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard Cover)
Here I Go Again (Whitesnake Cover)
Medley of ripped off Whitesnake songs
Paradise City (Guns ‘N’ Roses Cover)
Party All Day (F*ck All Night)
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Photos by ANDREW BASSO. Check out his website, Electrum Photography, HERE!