Steel Panther Concert Review (1/27/17 in Denver, CO)

January 28, 2017

You either love Steel Panther or you loathe them.  My first exposure to Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxxx (the extra “X” is for Sex!) and Stix Zadinia was their 2009 debut single/video “Death To All But Metal”.  When I heard them name-check Def Leppard in that track (and destroy Papa Roach, Mariah Carey and Kanye West in the process), I became a fan.  There’s no argument about their musical chops, but some fans just can’t stomach their OTT lyrical approach so I understand if they are not your cup of tea.  Personally, give me “Turn Out The Lights” any day over the likes of Godsmack or Five Finger Death Punch.

Steel Panther shows are half ‘80s heavy metal heaven and half stand-up comedy shows - think Sam Kinison with shredding guitars.  Supporting their soon-to-be released fourth studio album, Lower The Bar, Friday night's "2017 Girls In A Row" tour stop entertained a nearly sold out Fillmore Auditorium.

Satchel (Russ Parrish) is a lead guitarist of epic proportions, Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) is the closest you'll come to David Lee Roth without Diamond Dave being in the building, Lexxi (Travis Haley) has his trusty mirror and hair spray with him at all times and Stix ("What's his name? STIX!") (Darren Leader) keeps the beat.

It's impossible to describe an X-rated Steel Panther show, it's better to be experienced with good friends and perhaps an adult beverage.  In addition to the usual hilarious stage banter, Friday's specials guests were Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe and UFC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, who joined the boys on stage for a rousing cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'".  I was hoping to hear the band's new cover of Cheap Trick's "She's Tight", but the only new track performed was "Anything Goes".

Supersonic Sex Machine
Gold Digging Whore
If I Was The King
Just Like Tiger Woods
If You Really Really Love Me
Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World
Anything Goes
Satchel Guitar Solo
Asian Hooker
Girl From Oklahoma
Community Property
Don't Stop Believin' (Journey cover)
Party All Day (F*** All Night)
Death To All But Metal

Glory Hole

(Photo by D-Rock / Ken Tomczak)