–by Jeff Faulkner
–photos by Kenny Williamson/ RKNPHOTO
Sunday night at The Factory in Saint Louis Steel Panther brought all the glam, glitz, and glory that was the late 80’s L.A. hair metal scene to the modern era Saint Louis.
It’s easy to see how they took a show that started out as an every-Monday residency at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and turned it into a global touring sensation.
Aside from the band’s musical prowess (lead guitarist Russ Parrish is a Bonafide shredding virtuoso) the banter that carried on between songs made this show part rock concert/ part comedy show. The comedic factor was just as strong as the musical performance.
Even stints like bringing thirty girls onstage to have them do their best stripper impressions during “Community Property” and “party All Day” added to the comedic effect, all of which were crowd pleasers.
Although their lyrics are very tongue-in-cheek (and absurd at times), musically their songs stand up on their own while representing the styles of 80’s stalwarts like Motley Crue, Dokken, and Van Halen very nicely.
At first glance it appears as if Steel Panther is parodying the 80’s hair metal scene. But as the show progressed it was clear that the guys in the band (vocalist Ralph “Michael Starr” Saenz, Parrish, drummer Darren “Stix Zadina” Leader, and bassist Joe “Spyder” Lester) are paying homage to a music scene that embodied fun times and party atmosphere of sex, drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll.
This is certainly a show not to miss, especially if you long to relive an era of great music. Check them out on tour at https://steelpanther.com/pages/tour.
Check out the full gallery of photos after the setlist below.
Steel Panther Setlist:
Eyes of a Panther
Let Me Cum In
The Burden of Being Wonderful
Friends With Benefits
Death to All but Metal
Ain’t Dead Yet
Impromptu Song for a Girl (Amanda)
The Stocking Song
Party All Day (Fuck All Night)
Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World
Gloryhole (performed with members of Moon Fever)