Steel Panther Bring The Steel Back To The North
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The Sunset Strip band brought a little bit of Californian sunshine to the wet grey north as they made their annual trip back to the UK with their Sunset Strip Live! European Tour.
Like Spinal Tap before them, the rock act do not take themselves too seriously. In essence they are really good actors who pull off admirably a parody of mid 1980's glam American rock group.
From their debut UK Appearance at the Download Festival in 2009 to headlining Wembley Arena you could never say that the joke is becoming to wear a little thin as their popularity still appears to be intact.
This time around though they have incorporated songs from other acts, which might keep the act fresh, but I would wager that most of their fans want to hear Steel Panther songs all night and not just cover versions of Motley Crue or Bon Jovi songs, though their version of Sheffield's Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me was spot on.
When lead singer Michael Starr puts on a wig and glasses to become Ozzy Osbourne as Steel Panther play Crazy Train, it was hard not to smile. The vocals appeared to be live though whether the rest of Starr's vocals are sung live during the gig is debatable.
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Eyes of A Panther, Community Property and Death To All but Metal are superb rock songs that are just as good as any from the acts they try to parody.
The interaction with their fans, such as getting a young female fan to play drums and inviting female fans up on stage for 17 Girls, gave something back to the northern fans.
Though their music might be stuck in another decade, they are still an entertaining prospect.
Steel Panther Bring The Steel Back To The North, 9th February 2019, 12:11 PM