|Ralph Saenz as David Lee Ralph |
of the Atomic Punks
(Van Halen tribute band 1978-1984)
For Michael Starr, lead singer of Steel Panther, Van Halen and David Lee Roth are EVERYTHING.
"Everything I did from that point on was basically influenced by Van Halen or wanting to be similar to David Lee Roth. It was pretty common for a lot of my peers to want to do the same, too. They were the first super heavy metal group from LA to break out and they’ve filtered into all of my bands. I don’t care if people accuse me of trying to be like David Lee Roth; I take that as a compliment. It’s an influence, and the reason it’s called an influence is because you put it in the pot, mix it up and make your own soup to serve everybody. I’ve been influenced by a bunch of guys over the years, but David Lee Roth has always been my main influence. He’s the king."
"The heroin of rock for me - Van Halen."
With Steel Panther, Michael Starr wanted to be just like Van Halen and David Lee Roth were at their peak in 1978-1984. Talented musicians, funny and sexy entertainers that women want to fuck and guys want to be.
I probably love Steel Panther even more than Michael Starr loves Van Halen.
For me, Steel Panther is THE Ultimate Band.
For most of my life, I used to think that Guns N' Roses was the Ultimate Band but Steel Panther did the impossible by dethroning them.
I don't like what GNR became. Chinese Democracy SUCKS big time!!! The original lineup was magic. Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Steven are the only five members that matter. The rest are/were Axl Rose's brown-nosed lackeys or employees. The only exception being Buckethead, amazing talent, unique look, and eccentric
To me, just as Mötley Crüe lost their momentum when they fired Vince Neil after Dr. Feelgood. Guns N' Roses lost their identity thanks to the dictatorial
Now, coming back to Steel Panther, Michael Starr was asked to do a Top 10 of his favorite Van Halen songs. Which gave me the idea to do my top 10 best Steel Panther songs. Since Steel Panther are my Van Halen.
The first 3 are my top 3. The first three Steel Panther songs that came to mind when I decided to write this article. The seven other songs required a little more reflexion. They are in no particular order.
1- Death To All But Metal (Feel the Steel, 2009)
The fuckin' anthem for any true Heavy Metal fan. Period.
2- Heavy Metal Rules (Heavy Metal Rules, 2019)
It could be considered as a close second true Heavy Metal anthem.
Just like "Death To All But Metal", great music, great lyrics, great video.
3- Gods of Pussy (Heavy Metal Rules, 2019)
How to not love this awesome song and the music video?
The lyrics, the video, the chicks... It's all me, baby!
4- Party All Day (Feel the Steel, 2009)
An excellent live band, never sloppy and too fucked up to perform. Steel Panther are always at their fuckin' best! High energy!
5- Eye Of A Panther (Feel the Steel, 2009)
Same as above. High energy and pure entertainment to see them live. They rules! They are the best!!
6- Hell's On Fire (Hole Patrol, 2003 as Metal Shop/Metal Skool)
Very Heavy Metal sound! I like Michael Starr's screamin' Metal voice on it!!
7- I Got What You Want
Fuckin' great and high energy! Yes I know I repeat myself.
8- I Want Pussy
What else do you want?! A bombastic performance as always and the fuck dolls were the cherry on top.
9- It Won't Suck Itself
It says it all!
10- Love Rocket (Love Rocket '83 single, 2001 as Danger Kitty for a Discover® Card commercial)
I had to include it, because it's where everything started.
Asian Hooker (Feel the Steel, 2009); Stripper Girl (Hole Patrol, 2003 as Metal Shop/Metal Skool); Don't Stop Believing (2010s Journey cover) and much more...
All Steel Panther songs are catchy and high energy. No fillers, there is never a dull moment with Steel Panther.
I was raised or more accurately, choose to raise myself on Heavy Metal, pro wrestling, porn and maybe gangster movies?!
Imagine if I had Steel Panther when I was 13 years old!!!
Holy shit!! I can't imagine what I would be today?!
Maybe an even more extreme version of myself.... Uhh
Anyway, just like I do everyday.
Listen and enjoy Steel Panther!
Health & Wealth
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