Steel Panther Biography
Steel Panther is an American comedic glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics, as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that parody the stereotypical 1980s “glam metal” lifestyle. Steel Panther began to gain popularity on the Sunset Strip during the early 2000s under the name Metal Shop (soon changed into Metal Skool, then into Steel Panther). Their lineup consists of vocalist Ralph Saenz (“Michael Starr”), drummer Darren Leader (“Stix Zadinia”), bassist Travis Haley (“Lexxi Foxx”), and guitarist Russ Parrish (“Satchel”).
The band did weekly shows on Monday nights at the Viper Room, and subsequently the Key Club, playing covers of 1980s hair metal hits while parodying the bands that made the songs famous. Despite the name changes, and some members putting in time in a Van Halen tribute band, they finally managed to gain some success. In 2003 Steel Panther released Hole Patrol, their self-produced debut. The band appeared in a Discover Card advertisement as Danger Kitty and in the sitcom Drew Carey Show as themselves. Also in 2003, their song “Death to All But Metal” was included in a compilation CD called Hey, That’s What I Call Sludge! Vol. 1 put out by the Metal Sludge website.
In April 2008 the band decided to change their name from Metal Skool to Steel Panther, making a new debut at The Rockin’ Saddle Club in Redlands, California. In an interview with Michael Starr, he states that the band’s name wasn’t inspired by Steel Dragon, the band with Zakk Wylde and Mark Wahlberg in the movie Rock Star (in which Michael Starr makes a cameo appearance). In May 2008, the band signed a contract with Republic Records (owned by record label Universal Records) announcing plans for a new studio album.
Steel Panther released Feel the Steel on June 8, 2009 in the United Kingdom and on October 6, 2009 in North America through Universal Republic, making it their major record label debut. Feel the Steel debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy chart, No. 123 on the Billboard 200 chart and would eventually peak at No. 98 on the Billboard 200 chart. The record features hit singles, “Community Property” and “Death to All but Metal” as well as notable guest vocal performances from Corey Taylor, Justin Hawkins, and M. Shadows. Sometime collaborator Dean Cameron, also credited with co-writing “Supersonic Sex Machine” on Balls Out, directed and co-wrote a pilot presentation in an attempt to land Steel Panther their own television program.
Steel Panther released their sophomore effort Balls Out on October 31, 2011 in the UK and on November 1, 2011 in North America also through Universal Republic. Due to their growing popularity, Steel Panther were invited by Def Leppard to join them and co-headliners Mötley Crüe as “Special Guests” on the Mirrorball Tour in December 2011.
Steel Panther played on the main stage at Download Festival in June 2012, during which they were joined on stage by Corey Taylor of Slipknot to play “Death to All But Metal”. They played in front of a crowd of over 100,000 people. Steel Panther toured Australia in December 2013, supported by Buckcherry and Fozzy.
All You Can Eat is the fourth studio album by the metal band Steel Panther, released on April 1, 2014 on the independent label Open E Music, via Kobalt Label Services. In June 2014, the band announced a short UK Tour with 4 dates scheduled for March 2015, supported by Skindredand The Lounge Kittens.
On January 7, 2016, Steel Panther’s acoustic album Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage became available for pre-order with the new song “That’s When You Came In”, preceding the album’s release on February 26. In September of the same year, Steel Panther released a cover of Cheap Trick’s “She’s Tight” featuring Robin Zander with the announcement that their new album Lower the Bar would be released on March 24, 2017.
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