To say last night’s show was politically incorrect would be an understatement. It was raunchy, inappropriate and made up of most of the things I hate. I feel like I should be more offended by what I saw and heard last night but, for some reason, I’m not.
Steel Panther is made up of four guys who obviously just couldn’t let the 80’s hair metal/ glam rock scene die. They pranced onto stage wearing flashy outfits made up of spandex and had bandannas tied around their foreheads in order to keep their giant hair out of their face. Now, I wasn’t alive in the 80’s but I have a feeling that this is exactly how it was back then and that’s why I stand by the t-shirt I used to wear in high school that said something to the extent of “80’s Music Sucks”.
When I first looked up Steel Panther, I thought it was a joke. The outfits, the music, the lyrics, hell, even the song titles seemed to be a joke but that changed last night within the first couple of notes. Sure, it’s obvious that these guys don’t take themselves too seriously, but there’s no denying that they have worked their asses off to get where they are today.
Their music matches their look and seeing them in concert really does make you feel like you’re back in the 80’s where hairspray reigned supreme and spandex was the clothing of choice. It’s power chords galore with cheesy guitar solos and over the top vocals but the way it comes together is truly beautiful. Again, I’m not a fan of 80’s music. I think it’s over produced and repetitive that’s exactly what I think of Steel Panther’s music, but seeing it live changes something. It makes it fun and more of a show than a concert. If they were to have stepped onto stage and performed their music without the outfits and their attitude, I don’t think I would have lasted more than a song or two.
The music was over the top, the clothes were over the top, the scripted banter was over the top… the whole show was cheesy as hell but it matched the cheesy smile that had taken over my face. What the band members talked about through the microphones was far from politically correct or even appropriate. They made fun of minorities and came off as complete womanizers but not in a serious manner. I’m not quite sure how to explain it. Honestly, they said some stuff last night that was beyond offensive but the way they said it made it go from inappropriate to just funny. I don’t think anyone in the crowd was taking what they said seriously and it was clear that neither were they. It’s part of the act, the shtick and somehow it works.
I knew there would be an occasional flasher in the crowd, especially with the way the band members called out females and asked to see their “bits”, but I wasn’t ready for some of what I saw. I thought I had signed up for a concert, not a visit to a strip club but, at one point, I found myself watching two girls making out on stage with their shirts pulled up for the length of an entire song. I get it, that’s how it was in the 80’s I guess or something and that’s definitely Steel Panther’s image but it was a wee bit too much for me at times. It was hard for me to chalk it up to that being just how Steel Panther’s shows are because I found it kind of disgusting but, hey, it wasn’t me up on stage so I stood back and just took it all in for what it was.
Steel Panther could have entertained the crowd enough for one night but they had brought Wilson along for the ride. I caught Wilson a couple months ago when they were on tour with Trivium. I was impressed when I saw them that first time and was just as impressed last night. These guys have a way of commanding a crowd and their music is something that really sticks out to me. Like the members of Steel Panther, the members of Detroit-based Wilson were obviously having fun on stage and seemed to truly enjoy performing.
Wilson’s music is definitely a bit more “radio friendly” than I typically like but something about these guys has me hooked. With high energy and fast beats, these guys know how to entertain and captivate. Their music is fun and makes you want to move with out demanding it. It’s music that would be perfect for listening to during a long road trip by yourself or a house party where you’ve had one too many drinks. There aren’t many bands that are that versatile.
Local group Vaudeville opened. There, I mentioned them so you can’t yell at me for leaving a band out but I really have nothing more to say about them.
To say last night was interesting would be an understatement. When I walked into my day job this morning, my co-workers asked me what I though of the show. I didn’t know what to say. Last night’s show was tacky, trashy and sleazy. I left disgusted and with a smile on my face.
How was the show last night? Um…. yeah.
Sausage Fest Meter- 7 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 32
Crowd Surfers- 3
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Topless Girls Spotted- 19
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score-6 out of 10
Show on Deck- Dead To Me/ Supportive Parents/ Arms Aloft