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Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 16 September 2009
Shepherds Bush Empire was turned into an Empire of Bush as a magnitude of
excited female fans were to lose thier inhibitions to feel the steel of
the mighty Panther.
Two decades ago Poison wanted you to talk dirty to them and now Steel Panther
were returning the compliments, treating their women mean and keeping them very
Love them or
loathe them, there is no denying that Steel Panther have made the best
glam metal CD since the bringing down of the Berlin Wall, a band that has
no boundaries, with their un-PC lyrics and chest beating antics, fans are
lapping it up and wanting to party like it's 1987 all over again.
I saw the
band earlier in the year at the 229 club, here in the capital, and was
intrigued to see if they were a one trick pony or a band to gallop the
whole furlong, after tonight's show they're definitely onto a winner.
In the eyes
of a Steel Panther fan, the band can do or say no wrong, Mary Whitehouse
would be turning in her grave if one of her granddaughters was caught here
with a backstage pass.
escapes the between song banter. Band members were the butt of gay
jokes, female audience members were getting sexual innuendo rammed down
their throats, paedophilia raised cautious smiles ,but we all tittered
along and females from Essex got a dedication to the 'Girl From Oklahoma'
for the similarities.
forget that the band are all accomplished musicians too. Guitarist
'Satchel' did a ear blistering solo that one Mr Edward Van Halen would've
been proud off. Every track is already bona-fide classics, but with
only one album under their chastity belts the set tonight had to be panned
out a little with the inbetween song tomfoolery.
It will be interesting to see them support ZZ Top later this year at the
aircraft hanger of Wembley Arena where I hope they can forget the jokes and
deliver a shock and awe set, because the songs are awesome in their own right.
Michael Starr got one of the biggest cheers of the night ,when he
announced that Steel Panther are to play at the Download Festival for
2010, before inviting female fans to come up on the stage and join them
for a cover of Van Halen's 'Panama', a track they learned in their Metal
Skool days on the Sunset Strip, followed by a roof raising version of
Motley Crue's 'Kick Start My Heart'.
felt the Steel.
Set list: Eyes Of A Panther/ Asian Hooker/Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)/ Party
All Day (F*ck All Night)/ Community Property/ Hells On Fire/ Girl From
Oklahoma/ The Shocker/ Stripper Girl/ Death To All But
Metal...Encore...Turn Out The Lights/ Panama/ Kick Start My Heart.
by Mark Taylor
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