At the Tabernacle in Atlanta
By: Gary Flinn
Steel Panther brought their Rock and Roll spectacle to Atlanta for a headlining show on a Wednesday night. For those of you who may not know the magic that is a Steel Panther show, I will enlighten you. Four years ago I had the opportunity to travel to England for Download Festival 2012. That was my initiation into the madness that is a Steel Panther set. In short it goes a little something like this; music, girls, music, boobs, comedy, boobs, comedy, music, boobs, girls, boobs, music. They pay tribute to the debauchery and good times that was 1980’s hair band music. The best part is that they are extremely talented musicians and bring a full-fledged rock show while making you laugh and for those of us old enough to have grown up on 80’s metal, remember the good times. If you are easily offended by four guys having fun with 1,000, or in the case of the festival shows 100,000, of their friends, this won’t be for you. With songs like “Just like Tiger Woods”, “Fat Girl”, “Asian Hooker”, “Gloryhole”, and the classic “Community Property”, Steel Panther have a “genital-centric” knack for songs that rock yet make you laugh at the lyrics.
As the doors to the Tabernacle swung open for the throngs of spandex clad, wig and headband sporting fans of Steel Panther, I knew it was going to be a great night. The crowd was primed with an hour of 80’s hair metal by a DJ on stage, then, it was time. The band hit the stage and rolled out a steamroller of comedy and antics for the adoring masses. Two songs in, everything stops and the guys take the time to “lovingly” introduce each other. Now back to the music. If I wasn’t laughing and singing along, I could’ve easily forgotten who was on stage at times during the show. These guys rock! I have had the chance to see Steel Panther live five times now and it just never gets old.
Later in the set, the band invited ladies from the audience to the stage and yes, there was innuendo, dancing and of course boobs. The boys “suffered” through a throng of ladies dancing and clinging to them as they played song after song. I mean, it almost seemed as if the guys were actually enjoying all that female attention, almost. Appropriately enough, the band played “Girls from Oklahoma”, “Seventeen Girls in a Row”, and “Gloryhole” with a stage packed full of adoring ladies from the audience. As the night came to an end, the fan favorite “Community Property” was sung by everyone in the venue. It sounded amazing, funny as hell, but amazing.
If you have the opportunity, especially if you have never seen them live, I highly suggest you clear your calendar and make your way to whatever venue they play if Steel Panther comes to your town or a festival near you. These guys bring it every time they hit the stage. You can thank me later.
- Eyes of a Panther
- Tomorrow Night
- Fat Girl
- Just Like Tiger Woods
- Turn out the Lights
- Asian Hooker
- Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World
- Ten Strikes You’re Out
- Girls from Oklahoma
- 17 Girls in a Row
- Death to All but Metal
- Community Property
- Party All Day
review and photos by Gary Flinn HHM/Beyond The Pit photography
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