As part of their ‘Sunset Strip Live!’ tour of the UK, Steel Panther played six nights at four different venues, with five of the dates being sold out. London saw the band play one of these sold out shows on the 10th February at the Roundhouse.
Support for the night was Gus G.
Gus G: The Firewind and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, played his solo band’s set of nine songs which lasted about three quarters of an hour which included a cover of Dire Strait’s ‘Money for Nothing’ and Thin Lizzy’s ‘Cold Sweat’. He also played ‘Force Majeure’, his new single, and four tracks from his latest album ‘Fearless’. Playing heavy metal the way it’s meant to be played Gus G provided us with a great opening act for the evening.
Steel Panther: Known for their spandex costumes and ‘colourfull’ songs, we all knew what we were going to get from Steel Panther tonight, but tonight was going to be a bit different from a ‘normal’ Steel Panther show, in that this tour was about them playing some of their material but also playing some 80’s classic hits.
The band opened their set with a couple of their own songs ‘Eyes of a Panther’ and ‘Goin’ in the Backdoor’ before Satchel (guitar) did his usual spiel and encouraging the girls in the audience to show the band their ‘boobies’..(which a few of the audience did do!). They then played the first of the ‘Hit 80’s’ songs which was a cover of Motley Crue’s ‘Shout at the Devil’, which I do have to say Michael Starr (vocals) just nailed and probably sung better than Motley Crue have actually sung it in recent years.
They then played a few more of their own songs before playing another Motley Crue song ‘Kickstart my Heart’. Michael then left the stage and left the other band members to ask themselves ‘where’s he gone?', but it wasn’t too long before he came back to the stage dressed to be like Ozzy Osboune himself for them to play ‘Crazy Train’ and once again Michael nailed not only the song but also the mannerisms of Ozzy…( brilliantly entertaining.)
With a quick costume change they were back to playing a few more of their own songs before we were treated to a couple more covers and also a stage invasion by any girls that wanted to join the band on stage. The band gave a great performance of Def Leppard’s ‘Pour some Sugar on Me’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ together with some ‘rather dodgy’ dancing from the girls on stage!
They closed their standard set off with ‘Community Property’ and ‘Death to All But Metal’ before they said ‘thank you and good night’ and left the stage.
It wasn’t too long though before they were back and played an encore of ’17 Girls in a Row’ and ‘Gloryhole’.
I love seeing and photographing the band and tonight I think they also showed us just how good musicians they are. What a great night’s performance by Steel Panther, as a whole, and one that really did entertain me. Well done guys…
1: Eyes of a Panther
2: Goin’ in the Backdoor
3: Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue cover)
4: Fat Girl (Thar she blows)
5: Asian Hooker
6: Poontang Boomerang
7: Kickstart My Heart (Motley Crue cover)
8: Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
9: Party all Day (Fuck all Night)
10: Pour Some Sugar on Me (Def Leppard cover)
11: Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi cover)
12: Community Property
13: Death to all but Metal
14: 17 Girls in a Row
Words by: Robert Sutton
Images by: Robert Sutton Photography
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