The biggest and most bitching Christmas present arrived early this year as Steel Panther kicked off their Spreading The Disease tour with their biggest Australian shows to date. With support from Buckcherry and Chris Jericho’s Fozzy they also brought along two world-class special guests!
Following a successful show in Brisbane on Friday 6 December, Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion was invaded by crazy fans dressed in spandex, wigs and bandanas the following day, with Fozzy starting the almost 4 hour long Rock and Roll party with a killer 6 song-set that included Spider in my Mouth, Sandpeople and Enemy. The short set was a great teaser for what fans will be able to see at their headline shows in Melbourne on December 13 and at the Manning bar in Sydney the following day. Of course the now classic “Fozzy Fozzy Fozzy…Oi Oi OI” was unleashed by the Aussie crowd during the set.
Fozzy is mostly known as the band with WWE Legend Chris Jericho on vocals, and the muscular frontman indeed has a great stage presence. But the whole band was giving off an infectious energy that made it seem as if they were playing the best show of their life. No wonder, since this turned out to be Fozzy’s biggest indoor show ever as per their tweets following the show.
Just a few minutes later, Buckcherry jumped on stage, opening with Lit Up and ending their 7 song set with Crazy Bitch. In between, Josh Todd and his band mates also delivered a rousing cover of Icona Pop’s I Don’t Care, (where the words “I love it” where changed to “Say Fuck It”) and they also had a special treat for the Australian fans, since they played a bit of AC/DC’s Big Balls. Todd and his men definitely know how to rock, although his over the top stage presence makes him a bit of an odd choice to open for Steel Panther, since it is exactly this type of over the top frontman behavior that the night’s headliner ridicules so well.
Around 10pm, the lights went off, and a “Live feed” showed Steel Panther backstage ready for their show, doing what their do 24/7: Living the rock-star life among some of the hottest chicks in the world, while making the crowd laugh with their jokes – which mostly target clueless bass player Lexxi Foxx.
Steel Panther started the heavy metal orgy with one of their anthems, Eyes of a Panther followed by Tomorrow Night, bringing the Aussie ‘Fanthers’ to their knees straight away.
Their flamboyant stage presence in combination with their onstage jokes and self-deprecating sense of humor make Steel Panther the unique band it is. This night was no exception with once again a lot of entertaining comedy skits in between the songs, during which the band members were introduced. The band even used hilarious images to support songs like Asian hooker, Turn off the lights and Death to all But Metal.
If that was not enough, the band performed a couple of new tracks: Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World and Glory Hole, both from their upcoming new album All You Can Eat, due for release next year.
A Steel Panther show would not be complete without some girls showing some skin, which happened in full glory during the encore of Party All Day (Fuck All Night) and 17 girls in a Row, where the band brought 17 Girls on stage (not all of them pretty ones though, since the band also invited a few older VIP Ticket holders on stage). This brought another memorable Steel Panther show to a close, and despite leaving classics like The Shocker and Fat Girl out of their set-list this time, Satchel, Michael Starr, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia proved once again they are one of the best live bands of our generation!
Enjoy some *snaps from the show below directly from the mosh-pit:
FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER – BRISBANE, RIVERSTAGE – Licensed All Ages
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER – SYDNEY, HORDERN PAVILION – Licensed All Ages
SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER – MELBOURNE, MYER MUSIC BOWL – Licensed All Ages
TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER – ADELAIDE, ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE THEATRE – Licensed All Ages
THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER – PERTH, METRO CITY – 18+