Steel Panther, Wilson, Man the Mighty | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Steel Panther, Wilson, Man the Mighty 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. 2016

Out Spinal Tapping Spinal Tap since 1999, LA’s hilarious and filthy hair-metal parody band have made a successful career out of charming the animal-print Spandex off the very bands and fans they have a blast affectionately mocking. Their long-running, hard-gigging tribute-band roots on the Sunset Strip eventually put them on the road with the likes of Motley Crue and Def Leppard, where they probably picked up a few fans who weren’t in on the joke. Their three studio albums—Feel the Steel, Balls Out, and All You Can Eat—are a joy, and their fourth, Lower the Bar, is due in February (check out the fairly straight-played cover of Cheap Trick’s “She’s Tight”). The songwriting is crafty enough to function fine as the real deal, but the band pull off the much more difficult feat of sounding just perfectly a little bit off at all times—not in the way, say, Dokken or Winger sound off, but off like Spinal Tap, so close that the dissonance is hilarious. Steel Panther are primarily a live full-band experience, so don’t forget to check out last year’s live album Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage and the iTunes podcast Behind the Music, which purports to tell the band’s sex- and drug-fueled superhero origin story.

Monica Kendrick

Price: $31.50-$33.50

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