Rock of Ages, the musical and the movie, has nothing on Steel Panther. This is the ultimate love letter to the hair band of decades past (even though more than a few are back on the road again). A Las Vegas revue that has become so popular they no longer play just concert dates on the West Coast and in Sin City. They have cultivated a following anywhere there are fans of the hair metal of the 1980s. Those thousands of fans flood venues large and small with Steel Panther tickets for a second world tour in 2012.
Yes, Steel Panther has actually embarked on two world tours. This time they will be taking to 25 cities from October through mid-November, traveling from Australia to Europe to sold-out crowds in honor of a DVD release, Steel Panther – British Invasion. Yes, Michael Starr, Satchell, Lexxi Foxxx, and Stix Zadinia have managed to stick together since 2000, much longer than a majority of the group’s they cover. They have merged glam rock and comedy rock and have been able to quit their day jobs to a new role, as rock legends out to start trouble.
This is not simply a cover band. Like Weird Al, they take the songs so many have loved, including the band mates themselves, and add a bit of levity. The result has been a self-released album and two albums released through Universal Records. This is a band born to join Spinal Tap on tour. In fact, Steel Panther has toured with some of the groups from which they draw inspiration, including Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Guns N’ Roses.
This humorous ode to glam rock is one that speaks to fans throughout. They have proven the group capable of rocking out just as hard as those with long hair and skin tight leggings in the 1980s. They have proven capable of drumming up support well beyond the West Coast and Las Vegas. They have demonstrated that Steel Panthers tickets are a must-see experience for anyone who loves rock and has a sense of humor.