Steel Panther continues world domination at Cargo
The title of Steel Panther’s third full-length album, "All You Can Eat," came from a dream. However, it wasn’t a dream Martin Luther King had or even any of the band members—Michael Starr [lead singer], Satchel [guitarist], Lexxi Foxx [bass], and Stix Zadinia [drums]—for that matter.
Satchel admits the title came from a girl. “She fell asleep next to me on the tour bus. She woke up and told me she had a dream that we called the album, 'All You Can Eat'...I decided I was going to steal the title from her and not tell her. I kicked her off the bus..."
About the album, Stachel says, "...'All You Can Eat' is raw, raucous, and righteous heavy metal in its finest form."
The Los Angeles quartet upholds the pillars of its sound. There are killer riffs aplenty, arena-size grooves, lyrics about sex, drugs, and senior citizens, and the lingering scent of whisky, a stripper’s perfume and hairspray. In order to capture all of this, the band began writing immediately after they got off the road behind their sophomore effort, "Balls Out," their second album to debut at #1 on Billboards Comedy Albums Chart.
“We’ve grown a lot,” says Michael Starr. “On the first record, you get a flavor of some Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard. On the second, you get a flavor of Guns N’ Roses. On this record, the main flavor is Steel Panther.” Tasting the Panther, the boys retreated to Clearlake Studios with longtime producer Jay Ruston. Immediately, they got into their groove and went for it balls-to-the-wall.
About their single “The Burden of Being Wonderful” Starr says, “It’s a life story for me. It’s finally a way for people to understand what it’s like to actually to be me. Growing up, I was always an attractive child as well as an adult. It’s difficult when you’re beautiful because people treat you differently. They expect you to be smart. They expect you to have morals. It’s hard.”
Their formal debut "Feel the Steel" also hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Comedy Albums Chart. They’ve sold out shows worldwide from Australian to the UK’s iconic Brixton Academy, as well as appearing on festivals such as Download and Rock on the Range. Historical milestones include being the oldest heavy metal band to snag a major label deal and the only band to consistently play weekly on the Sunset Strip for an unprecedented thirteen years straight.
Ultimately though, they’re not stopping anytime soon. “Our drive to bring heavy metal back has not lessened,” concludes Michael Starr. “It’s actually gotten stronger. We’re not going to stop. I look forward to our continued world domination.”