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STEEL PANTHER at The Forum, Melbourne on 15/05/18

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The Forum, Melbounre
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Melbourne, Australia
DATE:
15th May 2018

If you ask any member of the band Steel Panther who the greatest Heavy Metal band in all of Heavy Metal is and they will happily kick you in the balls or grab your boobies and tell you that it is without question STEEL PANTHER.

Whilst they may be far from the greatest Heavy Metal band in all of Heavy Metal, they certainly entertain their adoring fans brilliantly and Steel Panther do what they do amazingly. Which is, playing a comedic brand of old-school ‘80’s inspired hair metal. Yes, granted the Steel Panther’s lyrical content is lewd, adult orientated over the top sexual innuendo but that is part of their charm and what their fans have come to adore, because there are very few bands of their ilk and calibre and make no mistake Steel Panther deliver a faultless, full-on rock n’ roll show that deserves even the greatest of credit from their peers for being as golden as it was to grow up in the ‘80’s itself.

Last nights sold out show and the first of the tour at The Forum in Melbourne was a stellar evening and easily the best show I have seen them out of the past five.

The set was split into two one hour sets. The first being ten crowd faves from their back catalogue including “Eye’s of a Panther”, “Asian Hooker”, “Just Like Tiger Woods”, “Glory Hole”, “17 Girls in a Row” and of course featured the crowd favourite, “Death to All But Metal”

If you are yet to experience a Steel Panther show you may find yourself wandering off because of the comedic on-stage banter between, Michael, Satchel, Lexxi and Stix explaining their roots etc, etc but these in between songs crowd/band interaction is a pivotal part of who Steel Panther are and where they came from as well as who their fans are and who we were growing up and becoming nurtured and embraced by metal.

For anyone not familiar with Steel Panther it would be so easy to write them off as a rip off glam band but that could not be further from the truth.

Yes, granted a Steel Panther album can easily begin to drag at the six-song mark because of because of the repetitive nature of their lyrical content, but on stage, they fucking shine beyond expectations. Their roots are born out of all things associated with glam rock and metal but to be able to bring it to the masses on stage from 2003 until now and still be incredibly relevant based on their ability alone has to be applauded.

And it was during set number two aptly titled ‘A Night on Sunset Strip’ which is where they started their career which proved beyond a shadow of a doubt and should clearly leave any sceptics mouths full of balls because of the performance and passion they put into playing some of the best heavy rock songs from our beloved past. Satchel’s guitar playing ability is amazing, yes they’re riff and songs written by others, but his homage to all of our heroes was merely meant as thanks for existing and taking us back to a time when heavy / glam metal grew to become what we listen to today. Michael Starr’s voice has a vocal range and an ability to transform that range from the likes of David Lee Roth, to Jon Bon Jovi or the best Ozzy Osbourne (his Ozzy and the band’s version of “Crazy Train” was worth the price of admission alone!) impersonation that would even make Sharon look and listen twice was incredible.
The set consisted of nine of the best, opening with “Kickstart My Heart” and went on from “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Jump”, “Livin’ on a Prayer” an amazing version of “Highway to Hell” with a special guest vocal appearance by

If you ask any member of the band Steel Panther who the greatest Heavy Metal band in all of Heavy Metal is and they will happily kick you in the balls or grab your boobies and tell you that it is without question STEEL PANTHER.

Whilst they may be far from the greatest Heavy Metal band in all of Heavy Metal, they certainly entertain their adoring fans brilliantly and Steel Panther do what they do amazingly. Which is, playing a comedic brand of old-school ‘80’s inspired hair metal. Yes, granted the Steel Panther lyrical content is lewd, adult orientated over the top sexual innuendo which is that is what their fans have come to adore because there are very few bands of their ilk and calibre, but make no mistake Steel Panther deliver a  faultless, full on rock n’ roll show that deserves credit from their peers for being as golden as it was to grow up in the ‘80’s itself.

Last nights sold out show and the first of the tour at The Forum in Melbourne was a stellar evening and easily the best show I have seen them out of the past five.

The set was split into two one hour sets. The first being ten crowd faves from their back catalogue including Eye’s of a Panther”, “Asian Hooker”, “Just Like Tiger Woods”, “Glory Hole”, “17 Girls in a Row” and of course featured the crowd favourite, “Death to All But Metal”

If you are yet to experience a Steel Panther show you may find yourself wandering off because of the comedic on-stage banter between, Michael, Satchel, Lexxi and Stix and their roots etc, etc but these in between songs crowd/band interaction is a pivotal part of who Steel Panther are and where they came from as well as who their fans are and where we were growing up and becoming nurtured and embraced by metal.

For anyone not familiar with Steel Panther it would be so easy to write them off as a rip off glam band but that could not be further from the truth.

Yes, granted a Steel Panther album can easily begin to drag at the six-song mark because of the repetitive nature of their lyrical content, but on stage, they fucking shine beyond expectations. Their roots are born out of all things associated with glam rock and metal but to be able to bring it to the masses on stage from 2003 until now and still be incredibly relevant based on their ability alone has to be applauded.

And it was during set number two aptly titled ‘A Night on Sunset Strip’ which is where they started their career which proved beyond a shadow of a doubt and should clearly leave any sceptics mouths full of balls because of the performance and passion they put into playing some of the best heavy rock songs from our beloved past. Satchel’s guitar playing ability is amazing, yes they’re riff and songs written by others, but his homage to all of our heroes was merely meant as thanks for existing and taking us back to a time when heavy / glam metal grew to become what we listen to today. Michael Starr’s voice has a vocal range and an ability to transform that range from the likes of David Lee Roth, to Jon Bon Jovi or the best Ozzy Osbourne (his Ozzy and the band’s version of “Crazy Train” was worth the price of admission alone!) impersonation that would even make Sharon look and listen twice was incredible.

The set consisted of nine of the best, opening with “Kickstart My Heart” and went on from “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Jump”, “Livin’ on a Prayer” an amazing version of “Highway to Hell” with a special guest vocal appearance by Joel of Airbourne fame and to conclude was “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Here I Go Again” which included a full tongue in cheek interlude of all the band’s and songs that have apparently ripped off Whitesnake’s beloved riff. Another testimony as to the incredible ability of Steel Panther’s musical talent and entertainment value. And lastly, well pre-encore at least was “Paradise City” which left the closer being the first single  “Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World” from their album ‘All You Can Eat’. The crowd at The Forum loved every glammy, tongue in cheek minute of our two hour date with Steel Panther, the men for the lovely accommodating pretty glam ladies who would do anything Michael and Satchel wanted of them and the ladies for letting their morals and inhibitions slide of the chart for a night of Steel Panther glory.

If you claim to have heavy metal running through your veins and live and breathe it 24/7 then you must experience a Steel Panther show at least once in your life.

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