Steel Panther, Like a Storm | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Steel Panther, Like a Storm 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Tue., Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m. 2014

Metal is fucking funny, and if This Is Spinal Tap and Metalocalypse haven’t long ago convinced you of that, then I can’t help you, friend. You still might not be ready for the full Steel Panther experience, though. Some might think the excesses of 80s hair metal are already so over-the-top that they’re hard to parody (remember Blackie Lawless’s saw-blade codpiece?), but this LA band has found a way to turn it up to 12. Their secret is skill: the playing and songwriting on their fourth studio album, All You Can Eat (Open E Music), is superb, and if you spring it on an unsuspecting friend, you’ll get him innocently grooving along until the lyrics hit. And be warned, the lyrics are at a Meatmen/Mentors level of filthy and offensive, delivered with wholehearted earnestness. The orgy-gone-wrong scenario of “Bukkake Tears,” the exhortation to bestiality in “Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World,” the raveup of “Fucking My Heart in the Ass” . . . well, you get the idea. The live show doesn’t disappoint for genre fidelity and entertainment value. Viv Campbell (Dio, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Def Leppard) adds a guitar solo to “Gangbang at the Old Folks Home,” and he should be proud to display that on his CV. I applaud any serious headliner who takes these guys out on the road for bringing their fans joy whether they want it or not. —Monica Kendrick

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