Steel Panther turned Black Friday into a party at the Van Buren located in Phoenix
Band Photo: Steel Panther (?)
Should what happens at a Steel Panther show, stay at a Steel Panther show? Maybe the band should consider copping this from Las Vegas’ advertising firm because when you attend one of their shows, it turns into its own Sin City. The band is currently in the middle of its 2017 Girls in a Row Tour and if you’ve never seen them, I’ll let you in on a little secret, NOTHING is off-limits at a Steel Panther show.
At their day after Thanksgiving party at The Van Buren located in Phoenix, Arizona, Steel Panther made sure to make this a special show. For one reason, it was guitarist Satchel’s birthday. In addition, someone even ordered a clown to celebrate! Well…that’s probably not what actually happened, but Dr. Rockzo (From the late and beloved heavy metal cartoon Metalocalypse) was in attendance and probably doing cocaine! And just when you thought the party couldn’t be any more festive, a pair of nice breasts caught the collective eyes of the band and that’s when things really ramped up.
Steel Panther is known for getting their fans involved during their shows and this one was no different. There was an attractive blonde woman in the crowd (go figure…) that had an issue keeping her brassiere on during the early part of their set. Well, Steel Panther being Steel Panther requested her to come up on stage and you guessed it, she politely obliged. I’m not sure if her boyfriend was ok with it, but hey! Whatever! The venue security guards quickly ushered her to the stage before her dude changed his mind. After some playful banter with band, it was apparent that one girl on stage wasn’t enough for the band or the crowd for that matter, so in true Steel Panther fashion, about a dozen or so more were invited up on stage.
So while I was watching all these girls and shenanigans transpire onstage, I thought of a new drinking game! It involves taking a shot anytime one of the special guests wants a selfie with a member of Steel Panther mid-song. Not only is it quite impressive that the band can pose for a selfie while playing and without losing a beat, it has to be damn near exhausting. So if you actually attempt to play this drinking game, you’re probably guaranteed to be drunk in no time!
Well, I think I’ve written enough about all the frolicsomeness that occurred that night without even mentioning anything about the actual music. Touring in support of 2017’s “Lower the Bar,” their set list included a cornucopia of Steel Panther’s favorites in addition to covers of Van Halen’s “Jump” and Poison’s “Nothin’ but a Good Time.” Finishing their night with an encore of “Death to all Butt Metal,” the rowdy 90 minute party didn’t seem quite long enough…to keep it a secret…
Here is some photographic evidence that Steel Panther actually played a concert that night.
Metal isn't just a type of music, it's a lifestyle for Nikos Mixas. In addition to playing guitar for the Phoenix's own Mosara, he's a contributing writer for V13 and The Sludgelord. And when he's taking a break from it all and on vacation, you can almost be certain he's banging his head at a metal festival somewhere interesting.
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