Photos by Steve Kalinsky – Review by Frank Harrington
This was not a Good Friday for Frank Harrington. Frank does not like to be punched in the taint. Okay, let me rephrase that, Frank Harrington does not like to be taint punched unless he paid for that party. In general, a Steel Panther concert brings out the worst in Frank Harrington and he typically uses their yearly visits to troll UTR and look for a SYT for a STR at the AE. Stage AE in Pittsburgh that is…
Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. What first started as a Good Friday ended with sensory deprivation. All I said to the small group of glitter girls was “Do you wanna Dance” How they deciphered that as “You look fat in those pants” …I’ll let you decide. (Ashley from Youngstown, I will always be your white knight and defend your dignity. I’ll get back to you on the pup play).
Fresh from their ground breaking release of their latest music video “Poontang Boomerang” via a free adult website, Steel Panther is slowly spreading their gospel by injecting a load of rock hard pleasure into America’s heartland. Hey U2, don’t get any ideas on how to distribute your next turkey. Steel Panther made their triumphant return in less than twelve months since their last visit, making the North Shore great again.
Here to promote their sixth release “Lower the Bar,” lead singer Michael Starr, guitarist Satchel, drummer Stix Zadinia and bassist Lexxi Foxx did not disappoint their growing following as evident at Stage AE.
Opening with “Eyes of the Panther” (their standard opener) brings us back to the Lynyrd Skynyrd days when Mr. Skynyrd would let out his trademark growl on “Working for MCA.” Sliding into second base was “Going in the Backdoor” and just when you thought you could not hold back any longer, they exploded “Just Like Tiger Woods.” A definite MSOG opener.
The unplanned highlight of the evening was ten-year-old Avery Molek joining the band, taking over drums for a cover of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher.” Joining in on bass was Atomic Punk’s Joe Lester. For those not familiar with the back-story, Steel Panther’s origins started with them being the highly regarded Atomic Punks, a Van Halen tribute band.
No concert is complete without a guitar solo and Satchel did not let us down. Peppered with popular riffs while striking the bass drum made what is a normal beer run during a show into a jaw dropping WTF? . . . and it was absolutely brilliant.
There was lots of tease and denial to the young lady serenaded on their new power ballad “Anything Goes.” This led to a ladies free-for-all on stage with a one two punch of “Glory Hole” and “17 Girls in a Row”. It was a “you had to be there moment” with a stage full of a colorful cast of characters.
Hair band purists with their battle worn Dokken jackets will never accept that Steel Panther is the real deal. Pop metal was never intended to feed your mind. Keep your head up Steel Panther fans. The eyes of the panther are paying attention.
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