Steel Panther

Starland Ballroom, Sayreville NJ

by Noel Edge (December 1, 2011)

In 5 Words or Less NJ shows Steel Panther the love baby! (ok, 5 words give or take a couple)
Affiliation with KNEW GEN None
Genre 80s Metal (check out pics here)
Performance & Production

I had never been to the Starland Ballroom before Thursday night, but I'd seen Steel Panther in Vegas and LA before. Although the place is in the middle of nowhere, it was worth the trip. The stage is large and the setup is wide open general admission. Great views from everywhere and plenty of bars around the joint.

I didn't know what to expect as far as a crowd was concerned. After all, this was Steel Panther's first gig in NJ. I arrived around 8:30 (doors opened at 7:00) and the parking lot was jammed (always a good sign). The opening act was near the end of their set and the room was already packed. Plenty of Fanthers in the crowd (and more showed before the band hit the stage). The only question that remained in my mind was "Is this crowd going to live up to the task of participating in the show to Steel Panther's expectations?" They put my concern to bed when "The Future" intro started playing and the boys made their way to the stage. The crowd erupted and never let up; singin the words to every tune all the way through the 15 song set. You fans did Joisey proud!!!

The boys exploded out of the gate with "Supersonic Sex Machine". As usual, Michael Starr (dressed in spandex and dawning a red sequenced robe and shades to begin the show), taunted, teased and interacted with the crowd from start to finish. In between tunes such as "Turn Out The Lights", "Asian Hooker", "Tomorrow Night", "Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)", "Gold-Digging Whore" and "Party All Day (F*ck All Night)", the guys found time to poke fun at themselves and the crowd, and pull some ladies from the crowd onto the stage to gyrate through the set with them. Some of the highlights were Satchel's blazing extended guitar solo, Lexxi's blowin hair (from the perpetual wind that surrounds him) and Stix's finger work on the piano (for "Weenie Ride"). They ripped through "17 Girls In A Row" and "Death To All But Metal" for an encore. Then, as quick as they came to the stage, they bolted, and it was time for the crowd to go outside, smoke a collective cigarette and reflect on what happened...spent.

The stage production was simple; a large Steel Panther backdrop and a solid light show. The sound was well mixed and the accoustics were great. The set was raw, energetic and tight. The band performed with the kind of expertise and stamina that one could only expect from guys who've spent plenty of time mastering their instruments and have endured countless hours of suffering (pleasuring) in order to perfect their skills.

What Else You Should Know

If you have any opportunity whatsoever to see these guys live, you've gotta jump on it! They keep their tickets cheap (around $20) and you'll get much, much more than your money's worth. Some of the best shows I've ever attended!!!