When you arrive at Wembley Park tube station and are surrounded by brightly coloured spandex, wild 80’s wigs, and inflatable guitars, you know you must be in for a fun night and no, it’s not a bunch of lads on a stag do, it’s the love and dedication that the fans of Steel Panther have whenever they’re in town, and despite the typical British weather, the wigs and spirits remained in top condition. From support acts to their own headline slots, this is the fourth time Steel Panther have brought their show to London’s mighty Wembley Arena and we were there to join the party.
With them on the tour were California rockers Buckcherry (***) whose energy and hits like Crazy Bitch and a cover of Icona Pop’s I Love It (I Don’t Care), renamed Say Fuck It, got the crowd dancing and singing like they were being paid for it, but it was Bowling for Soup (****) who really got the party started, with jazz hands and spirit fingers in tow. Opening with Girl All the Bad Guys Want followed immediately by High School Never Ends it was like being at a punk rock karaoke and it was great fun. With songs old and new and jokes aplenty, highlights included a cover of Fountains of Wayne’s Stacy’s Mom, Punk Rock 101, with a photoshoot opportunity no less, and the brilliant 1985 where the crowd were singing so loud, it could’ve been mistaken for a Bowling for Soup show!
The fun was not over however as the brilliance of Steel Panther (****) is why we were all there. The set played heavily on songs from debut album Feel the Steel with Eyes of a Panther, Turn out the Lights and Death to all but Metal sounding huge as always, almost as if they were meant to be performed in arenas this size every night. Guitarist Satchel turned into a one man band halfway through the set showcasing his skills to a somewhat mesmerised crowd by playing riffs from the likes of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, as well as taking on drum duties; it was pretty amazing to say the least. It wasn’t always all guns blazing; She’s on the Rag, Girl from Oklahoma and Community Property may slow down the pace, but we never lose that comical value we all know and love from these guys. Their on stage presence has always been one that we admire; with their performance, banter and choreography being top notch at every show. Party All Day (Fuck All Night) brought the night to a close and it’s safe to say that there wasn’t a single person going home who didn’t have a smile on their face, because let’s face it, they’re always going to Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World.