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Steel Panther in New York City: heavy metal, hair, and lots of attitude

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By Michael Dinger, Rock At Night New York City

Venue: Gramercy Theatre, New York City, NY-November 27, 2019-Steel Panther with Stitched Up Heart-On the Prowl NYC

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Spandex pants, mullet wigs, shredded muscle shirts, wrist bands and make-up, LOTS of make-up, were on full display at the Gramercy Theater this past Wednesday night. In support of their fifth studio album released on September 27, 2019, titled Heavy Metal Rules, the parody hair metal band known as Steel Panther presented their outrageously hilarious live act to the headbanging fans (a.k.a. “Fanthers”) in attendance at their second sold out show in New York City.  

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Steel Panther, hailing from Los Angeles, California, is Michael Starr (lead vocals), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). With aspirations of a front row view of the 80s “glam metal” reenactment, Fanthers of all ages lined the city block hours before doors opened. Notorious for their profanity-laced lyrics and exaggerated on-stage personae, Steel Panther’s execution of their heavy metal set was flawless from beginning to end. 

Steel Panther

Within moments of taking the stage, following Stitched Up Heart’s electrifying opening act performance, the entire venue was turned into a party atmosphere. In addition to a couple of crowd skirmishes quickly extinguished by security, and some exposed breasts that caught the eye of this photojournalist, there were soaring vocals, shredding guitar solos, throbbing basslines and hard-hitting drums. 

Song performance highlights from the evening included the opening number “Eyes Of A Panther,” “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World,” “Community Property” (with a special guest on bagpipes) and “Death To All But Metal.”    

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Michael lives in Rockland County, New York with his wife and two daughters. One of his earliest, memorable assignments was coverage of the 2002 Clearwater Festival, an annual celebration of music, arts, and environmental activism dating back to the mid-1960s. It was here where Michael photographed a performance by the legendary Richie Havens - and his passion for concert photography was born. For nearly the past two decades, Michael has photographed artists the likes of U2, Weezer, Pixies, Muse, Slash, Cage the Elephant and many others. When he is not shooting the rockstars, Michael can usually be found training for his next marathon on the wooded trails of the Hudson River Valley.
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Michael lives in Rockland County, New York with his wife and two daughters. One of his earliest, memorable assignments was coverage of the 2002 Clearwater Festival, an annual celebration of music, arts, and environmental activism dating back to the mid-1960s. It was here where Michael photographed a performance by the legendary Richie Havens - and his passion for concert photography was born. For nearly the past two decades, Michael has photographed artists the likes of U2, Weezer, Pixies, Muse, Slash, Cage the Elephant and many others. When he is not shooting the rockstars, Michael can usually be found training for his next marathon on the wooded trails of the Hudson River Valley.