Over the top wigs, ripped t-shirts, leopard print leggings, girls in very little clothing? Yep, Steel Panther invaded Brixton yet again, and sold out the Academy for the second time. We haven’t had the Panther here in London since their big show headlining the Hammersmith Apollo in late 2012 so it was with open arms (and boobs) that we welcomed them back to town.
The support tonight came from New Yorkers The Cringe (★★), a band that although musically sounded pretty tight and had a name appropriate for a support slot of Steel Panther, didn’t seem to get the crowd enthused until they played covers of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak.
Jumping straight in at the deep end with Eyes of a Panther and Tomorrow Night – bringing with them a similar production to last time a la ramps, screens and Lexxi’s dressing table – Steel Panther (★★★★) were well and truly back and on top form.
The new songs such as The Burden of Being Wonderful and Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World sounded huge tonight and make us excited for All You Can Eat. With Asian Hooker, Turn Out The Lights and Death To All But Metal all accompanied by visual aids on the screen and Just Like Tiger Woods and Gold Digging Whore sounding brilliant as always; the set was rammed from beginning to end with the fan favourites we all know and love.
With the occasional breaks for the band to rip the shit out of each other, both the comedic aspects of the show along with their musical brilliance proved to us why we all love them. Yes their songs may all be about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, but they are definitely not a one trick pony. Visually and musically, these guys are talented and are always up there wanting to Party All Day and we’re happy to party with them.