Gig Review and Photography by Jason Broadhurst

Steel Panther

Tonight is the opening night of the tour and everybody is in high spirits. A lot of the fans here have taken it upon themselves to get glammed up for the occasion and why not? With the line up of bands that we have on show tonight everyone is in a for a treat.

The Lounge Kittens

The Lounge Kittens

The Lounge Kittens are making quite the name for themselves, the three piece act are not your average cover group. They take songs and add their own spin onto them, armed with just their vocals and a keyboard. Opening track ‘Party Hard’ is possibly their most famous song. The rest of the set is filled with covers that spread across the rock genre, including one from tonight’s headliners. It’s fair to say you will either love them or hate them, but one thing you can’t deny is that they will definitely intrigue you.

Skindred

Skindred

As a remixed version of the ‘Imperial March’ blasts from the speakers the crowd start to bounce before Skindred launch into ‘Kill The Power’. Frontman Benji Webbe dons the most outrageous fur jacket but that doesn’t make him any less charismatic. The energy this band exudes is amazing and with you mix that with the reggae funk it is hard not to enjoy yourself. A well executed second version of the night for the Metallica song ‘Sad But True’ is played before they finish on the awesome ‘Warning’.

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Steel PantherSteel Panther

Finally the time has come, air guitars at the ready. The curtain drops and Steel Panther leap into a quick fire double of ‘Pussywhipped’ and ‘Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World’ off the latest album ‘All You Can Eat’. It doesn’t take long before the band get upto their old tricks again having banter with themselves and the crowd. The venue is full to capacity and frontman Michael Starr has each and every person in the palm of his hand. They may well be a parody act but there is no taking away the quality and technical skills that the band possess. With intricate guitar work and some great funny vocals they could easily be one of the 80s bands they mock.

Steel Panther

Steel Panther

The set comes to an end with hits from their popular debut album. ‘Asian Hooker’ and ‘Death To All But Metal’ still sound as funny as when they were first released.

Steel Panther

Steel Panther

As is the case with most bands they return for a brief encore, the band get a group of lucky ladies on stage whilst they perform their final tracks. It is definitely a return to form for Steel Panther, having been one of their harshest critics over the past year due to their live performances not changing a great deal it was great to see it refreshed.

Steel Panther

Setlist:

Pussywhipped // Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World // Fat Girl (Thar She Blows) // Tomorrow Night // The Shocker // Hair Solo (Lexxi Foxx) // 17 Girls in a Row // Gloryhole // If I Was the King // Guitar Solo  (Satchel) // Ten Strikes You’re Out // Kanye (with Stix Zadinia on grand piano) // Weenie Ride // Stripper Girl // Why Can’t You Trust Me // Girl From Oklahoma // Gangbang at the Old Folks Home // Asian Hooker // Death to All But Metal

Encore: Community Property // Party All Day (Fuck All Night)

Steel Panther

See the complete Steel Panther photo set on our Flickr page.

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