Belfast’s Limelight 1 was hit with a menagerie of rock ‘n’ roll antics on Friday night (January 19th 2018) as OTT LA Glam rock outfit Steel Panther brought they’re larger than life party to the city as part of their 'Lower the Bar' tour.
“Are you ready for some rock and roll, Belfast!?” exclaimed lead guitarist, Satchel as he launched the intimate (for a band who've sold out the carnivorous confines of Wembley arena) venue into a raucous party of energy, comedy, and exchanges that would make your granny blush.
Kicking off with singalong 'Supersonic Sex Machine', the band were clearly blown away by the reception they were receiving. With typically facetious attitude, Satchel expressed his awe at the Belfast audience with typical talk-first, think-later attitude; “We’re only two songs in and we may as well have fucked your wives”, he proclaimed. Giving it back in spades, he knowingly raising a cheer by announcing that the Belfast crowd were “kicking Dublin in the ass” - a reference to their previous night's gig in the Irish capital.
With a show as much about the interaction and comedy as the music, Satchel introduced the man who “puts the fast in Belfast” - vocalist and one-liner partner Michael Starr. “So far, you’re killing it!”, announced the singer, before introducing drummer Stix Zadinia on piano for a rip-roaring 'Weenie Ride'.
Following with their centrefold centrepiece, '17 Girls In A Row' the band were joined by almost all the women in the venue, which led Starr to joke; “We’ve reached the pussy limit!”
It was a tough act to follow the band had a brace of tracks left. Returning for an encore, Starr exclaimed; “You’ve been the best audience. How about we lock the doors and party until 6am. Free cocaine for everyone!”
Closing with the pairing of debut album staples 'Death To All But Metal', and 'Community Property', Steel Panther brought the past back to life, in a blaze of flashy licks, lude lyrics, and decidedly un-pc mayhem.
Earlier in the evening, opening act Wayward Sons hit the ground running, despite the early evening show. A debut for his new band, long time Belfast regular Toby Jepson introduced his new act to universal Belfast approval. “It’s great to be back!”, announced the former Little Angels main man. Dedicating 'Something Wrong' to former touring partner and late Motörhead guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke, the Sons proved that they have rock and soul. Ending their set with the sublime 'Until The End', it's a promising new start for the journeyed Jepson.
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