STEEL PANTHER

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

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The quartet began to gain popularity in the Sunset Strip during the early 2000s under the name Metal Shop (soon changed into Metal Skool, then into Steel Panther). Their lineup consists of vocalist Ralph Saenz (“Michael Starr”), drummer Darren Leader (“Stix Zadinia”), bassist Travis Haley (“Lexxi Foxxx”), and guitarist Russ Parrish (“Satchel”). The band did weekly shows on Monday nights at the Viper Room, playing covers of 1980s hair metal hits while parodying the bands that made the songs famous.

Despite the name changes, and some members putting in time in a Van Halen tribute band, they finally managed to gain some success. In 2003 Steel Panther published Hole Patrol, their self-produced debut. The band appeared in a Discover Card advertisement as Danger Kitty and in the sitcom Drew Carey Show as themselves. Also in 2003, their song “Death to All But Metal” was included in a compilation CD called Hey, That’s What I Call Sludge! Vol. 1 put out by the Metal Sludge web site. Their cover of the song “Fantasy” by Aldo Novawas used as the opening musical theme for the MTV program Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. On November 27, 2007 Metal Skool played original songs as well as covers of KISS songs at the Gene Simmons roast, they can be seen in the background of Gene Simmons’ reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. That year, they also appeared as themselves on Las Vegas in the episode “The High Price of Gas”.

In April 2008 the band decided to change their name from Metal Skool to Steel Panther, making a new debut at The Rockin’ Saddle Club in Redlands, California. In an interview with Michael Starr, he states that the band’s name wasn’t inspired by Steel Dragon, the band with Zakk Wylde and Mark Wahlberg in the movie Rock Star. In May 2008, the band signed a contract with Republic Records (owned by record label Universal Records) announcing plans for a new studio album.

The first single, an updated version of “Death to All but Metal”, first appeared on iTunes on 27 January 2009, whereas the album, entitled Feel the Steel and produced by Jay Ruston, was published on 9 June, during the same year. A promotional video, directed by actor Dean Cameron, was shot for the song “Fat Girl (Thar She Blows.)” Sometime collaborator Dean Cameron, also credited with co-writing “Supersonic Sex Machine” on “Balls Out”, directed and co-wrote a pilot presentation in an attempt to land Steel Panther their own television program.

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On December 6, 2011, Steel Panther announced their second solo UK tour in support of their newest album Balls Out. Tickets for the shows went on sale on December 9, 2011, with many ticket providers selling out their allocations within a month. This Prompted another headline UK tour taking place in November 2012. Steel Panther played on the main stage at Download Festival in June 2012, during which they were joined on stage by Corey Taylor of Slipknot to play Death to All But Metal. They played in front of a crowd of over 100,000 people. Steel Panther are managed by Satchel’s brother, Glenn Parrish.

Steel Panther released their major record label debut (Universal Republic), Feel the Steel on June 8, 2009 in the UK and on October 6, 2009 in North America. Feel the Steeldebuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy chart, No. 123 on the Billboard 200 chart and would eventually peak at No. 98 on the Billboard 200 chart. The record features hit singles, “Community Property” and “Death to All but Metal” as well as notable guest vocal performances from Corey Taylor, Justin Hawkins, and M. Shadows.

The record’s success also caught the attention of the Grammys, making it onto the “Best Comedy Album” ballot in October 2010, yet failing to reach a nomination. The track “Eyes of a Panther” from Feel the Steel is featured on the sound track for the video game Skate 3.

Steel Panther continued their revival of the 80’s heavy metal genre with their sophomore effort titled Balls Out released through major record label, Universal Republic on October 31, 2011 in the UK and on November 1, 2011 in North America. Balls Out debuted at No. 1 on the UK iTunes Rock chart surpassing Megadeth’s TH1RT3EN and Lou Reed’s andMetallica’s Lulu. Balls Out also debuted at No. 4 on the US iTunes Rock chart, No. 40 on the Billboard 200 chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy chart with first-week sales of 12,000 copies in the US

Steel Panther released their first Live DVD British Invasion in September 2012. The DVD was released worldwide on October 22, 2012. The DVD was filmed at Brixton Academy in London and features a two-hour concert/documentary based on the band’s sold-out British tour.

All You Can Eat is the fourth studio album by the metal band Steel Panther, due to be released on April 1st, 2014 on Universal Republic Records. The album was officially announced September 2013. The first single from the album is “Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World”. The second single, “The Burden of Being Wonderful”, was released January 21st, 2014. The third single, “Glory Hole”, will be released March 18th, 2014.

DISCOGRAPHYdiscography

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– Hole Patrol [2003]
– Feel the Steel [2009]
– Balls Out [2011]
– All You Can Eat [2014]

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