What band is guaranteed to make you laugh, blush, possibly offend you and elicit nudity from the crowd? Steel Panther, of course!
The comedy glam metal band hit the Val Air Ballroom stage in West Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, May 29, 2015, and didn’t fail to do all of the above.
Vocalist Michael Starr appeared on stage to start off the show with the song Pussywhipped and immediately placed his fingers in a “V” and stuck his tongue out between them; the universal sign for imitating the cunnilingus act. He followed up the lewd act with a few pelvic thrusts which included placing the microphone against his genitalia to suggest the mic is actually a penis.
Not to be outdone by Starr, Guitarist Satchel was wearing a “Say Perhaps to Drugs” tank top and overly glammed up bassist Lexxi Foxx was busy applying lip gloss between songs.
Their over one hour set included songs such as Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World, Fat Girl (Thar She Blows), The Shocker, Gloryhole and 17 Girls in a Row.
And the crowd didn’t seem to tire of the multiple references to blowjobs or various other sex acts. They often pointed out women in the audience who they perceived as having some characteristic which most likely made them good at performing oral sex (i.e. being overweight), and they pulled women up on stage to dance and expose their breasts.
Not since the 80’s hair metal shows had a concertgoer seen so many exposed breasts. What was also seen at the West Des Moines show was lots of leather pants (worn by the audience as well as the crew of Steel Panther), fishnet stockings (and fishnet dresses) and the skimpiest of the skimpiest clothing including women who wore only their underwear.
Special guest and Des Moines’ own Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) showed up to sing with the band for the last few pre-Encore songs including Asian Hooker and Death To All But Metal. Taylor also provides vocals on the recorded version of Death To All But Metal.
Steel Panther ended the show with the tracks Community Property and Party All Day (F**k All Night).
Steel Panther is raunchy and fun; as long as you take it with a grain of salt and don’t assume any of their misogynistic onstage antics, and objectifying and dehumanizing women in general, could ever possibly be considered appropriate in real life. It’s also possible you don’t have a sense of humor if you didn’t enjoy their Des Moines show.
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Check out the video for Death To All But Metal featuring comedian and actress Sarah Silverman: