steel panther and color of chaos coverage feb 2016

There are many incredible bands in the heavy metal and hard rock genre, but there are few bands that know how to put on a show like Steel Panther. Since the early 2000’s the group has garnered attention for parodying some of the big hair metal bands of the 1980’s. Though they initially started as a cover band, playing on the Sunset Strip, the group has produced three albums of their own material and they have toured with mega acts like Def Leppard, Motley Crüe, and Judas Priest. 2016 is proving to be another busy year for them as they headline their own US tour.
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Many of the people at Scottsdale’s Livewire had seen Steel Panther perform. There was a lot of excitement inside the venue, and many fans wore Steel Panther t-shirts. Opening the concert was a local act called Color of Chaos. Despite being a newer group (they formed in 2014) the four-piece band has already produced their debut album, which has received many positive reviews. Steve Carlson (vocals), Lance Eric (bass), Steve Favela (guitar), and Danny Ott (drums) exhibited great cohesion and musicianship. The crowd showed a lot of interest in the band. By the time, Color of Chaos finished their set, the audience was ready for the headlining act.

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One of the many things a fan can expect from a Steel Panther show is a good time. From the moment Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxx (bass), and Stix Zadinia (drums) started their show with “Eyes of a Panther,” the crowd was hooked. In between songs the band members talked to the crowd, sharing stories and making fun of each other. Foxx was often seen fixing his long mane (which is actually a wig) and applying lip gloss with his bedazzled mirror. No detail was overlooked; colorful leopard print instruments, studded pants and skin tight vests, and of course big hair. Parody and flash aside, these guys were also solid with their musicianship. Starr showed incredible vocal range, reaching high notes with enviable ease and confidence. Satchel’s epic guitar solo naturally included a lot of shredding, but afterwards he stood behind the drums and gracefully managed to use the kick drum and play a medley of classic rock covers.

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There’s a reason why people keep coming back to watch Steel Panther. The band has the whole package. Most people who go to concerts want to listen to good music, but they also want to escape. A Steel Panther concert is the perfect place for that.

 

 

Coverage Photos By: Isadora Bevins

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