September 13, 2020
Steel Panther roared into The Starlight Drive-In on Friday night. They brought their brand of '80s glam, over the top, raunch n' roll to a very enthusiastic audience in Butler, PA.
Known for their profane, yet humorous songs, the band is also comprised of very talented musicians. Vocalist Michael Starr, who plays the front man role like David Lee Roth, can actually sing better than the former Van Halen leader. Satchel the lead guitarist, can shred with the best of them. Bassist Lexxi Foxx, who often preens and checks himself out in a mirror through out the show, can hold down the low end and Stix Zadinia, is a talented skinsman.
The show kicked off with the one, two punch of "Pussy Whipped" and "17 Girls In A Row."
Michael Starr said that Stix does the best Rick Allen (Def Leppard drummer) impression. So Stix put his left arm into his shirt and the band launched into "Rock Of Ages" while he drummed with one arm.
Bad taste, perhaps. Funny, yes!
After a couple of songs, Starr mentioned that Poison lead singer, Bret Michaels is from Butler, PA so of course they had to pay tribute by playing "Nothin' But A Good Time" complete with synchronized dance moves, just like the video.
"Just Like Tiger Woods" and "Party Like It's The End Of The World" were well received in the middle of the set.
The one things fans can expect from a Steel Panther show is a lot of interaction between songs from the band. Satchel and Michael Starr talk a lot about sex, drugs and rock and roll. They often pointed out female members of the audience who were big chested, and based on their reactions, some fans flashed them.
The only thing missing was having some fans come on stage to rock out with the band.
At one point, Starr left the stage to fix his microphone, so the band launched into "Crazy Train." Starr reappeared dressed as Ozzy and sang along to the song.
"Girl From Oklahoma," "Tomorrow Night" and the fan requested "Asian Hooker" were played before the set closing power ballad "Community Property."
The band returned to the stage to encore with "Death To All But Metal" and "Gloryhole."
It was a fun escape and a break from reality.
And that's exactly what we needed!
Local band, A Common Crown opened up the show with a great 25 minute set of hard rockin' original tunes.
A special thanks to Drusky Entertainment and The Starlight Drive-In for bring live music back. It was a very safe and enjoyable experience.
Review and photos by Greg Drugan