Steel Panther: Hair Metal Cover Band Goes Legit
"Once they stopped focusing on the covers, I think people were really blown away by the level of musicianship in the band," says the House of Blues' Paul McGuigan, where the group had its most recent residency. They'll be putting it on hold to embark upon a European headlining tour, however, which means that overseas fans (and yes, there are plenty) will get a chance to see Parrish's dextrous shredding and fretboard-tapping, worthy of Eddie Van Halen.
Still, their manager, Paul Geary, admits that folks new to the Steel Panther aesthetic aren't sure what to make of a modern-day hair-metal band. "There was a lot of confusion for two or three songs," he recalls of a show at an Ohio festival last year. "People were like, 'Are they serious?' [But] within four or five songs, people were engaged, laughing and having a good time."
Rest assured that, despite their new penchant for performing their own material, Steel Panther won't start taking themselves too seriously. "We're stoked to have gigs, go out and entertain, and fuck people's girlfriends," says Parrish. "That's really the goal: How many girlfriends can we fuck?"