BY PAM WHISENHUNT | Go Venue Magazine
Steel Panther came to the Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, Nebraska with the On The Prowl Tour, March 31st, 2023. Steel Panthers’ raunchy, glam metal show brought back a crowd of Gen Xers to days of old when sex, drugs and rock n roll (SDRR) was commonplace in the heavy metal community. Our societal views on SDRR have changed over the years, but Steel Panther has no qualms singing or talking about these old school stereotypes in graphic, exaggerated, humorous detail.
The night kicked off with the 1970s metal tribute band, Tragedy. Tragedy performed a variety of songs including Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”, The Weather Girl’s “It’s Raining Men” and The Bee Gee’s “How Deep is Your Love”. They dressed in 70s garb that covered all genres (disco sparkle, silver shortie shorts, a cowboy shirt with frills and spiked punk bracelets). The stage was adorned with a plethora of blow-up dolls and accessories.
Next up was Crobot. It was great to see Crobot on the bill. They were supposed to headline the 104.1 The Blaze “Christmas with Crobot” show December 2022 but cancelled when their trailer was stolen and lost all their equipment. Frontman Brandon Yeagley wore his red jacket in honor of being in Nebraska. The band brought the energy, lead by Yeagley’s animated gestures and nonstop action. A majority of their set was pulled from their newest album Feel This with a few older songs “Chupacabra”, “The Necromancer” and “Gasoline”. Crobot dedicated “Low Life” to the low lifes who stole their trailer, and Michael Starr joined them on stage.
Finally, it was time for the headliners. Steel Panther took the stage and performed two songs before starting their raunchy banter. They played a lengthy set covering the classics “Glory Hole”, “Friends With Benefits”, “1987“, and “Asian Hooker”. Lead singer Michael Starr and guitarist Satchel are masters of crowd involvement, whether it’s getting them to chant to “All I Wanna Do is Fuck (Myself Tonight)” or bringing the ladies on stage for “17 Girls In A Row”, the crowd was engaged.
Steel Panther delivered a fun, carefree, 1980s metal experience. As long as you aren’t offended easily and don’t take them too seriously, it’s a guaranteed good time.