California has been keeping a secret for too long. Big hair metal is back and it comes in spandex pants, bandannas, and enough Aqua-net to blast a hole straight through the ozone layer. Steel Panther has been compared to Spinal Tap, Steel Dragon, and even Weird Al. From mocking 80’s hair bands and playing cover songs, to writing their own parodies of the genre, Steel Panther has created quite the stir in the rock world and is riding the wave to sold out shows and some chart success.
In 2008 they changed their name from Metal Skool to Steel Panther, signed a record deal with Republic Records and released their first single, “Death to All but Metal” in January of 2009. Later that year their debut album Feel the Steel came out and debuted at #1 on the Comedy chart and event peaked in the top 100 on Billboard 200 Chart. In 2011 they released their sophomore effort Balls Out on Republic’s parent company Universal Records. It debuted at #1 on the UK Rock Chart, #4 on the US iTunes Rock Chart and #40 on Billboard 200. The band has shared the stage with 80’s Hair Band legends such as Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Guns and Roses and slightly more current artists like System of the Down, Marilyn Manson and Limp Bizkit.
When Steel Panther takes the stage at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on April 19th, expect a fun show with great music and a theatrical performance. In speaking with a lot of musicians including members of Korn, The Cult, and Styx, this is the one show they have told me I NEEDED to go see. So, get off your ass, grab a bandanna, your Winger t-shirt and teases what’s left of your hair out as big as it gets and meet me at UCH this Friday.
For Steel Panther’s tour schedule: (http://www.steelpantherrocks.com/events/default.aspx)
For Upstate Concert Hall’s upcoming shows (http://upstateconcerthall.com/2013/?cat=6 )