Steel Panther

Steel Panther
Steel Panther

Michael Starr (left) and Lexxi Foxxx (center) performing with Steel Panther in San Diego.
Background information
Also known as Danger Kitty
Metal Shop
Metal Skool
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock, comedy rock[1]
Years active 2000–present
Labels Universal Republic
Associated acts L.A. Guns, Fight
Michael Starr
Lexxi Foxxx
Stix Zadinia

Steel Panther is a glam metal band from Los Angeles, California mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated on-stage personas. Formed in 2000, the band has formerly been known as Danger Kitty, Metal Shop and Metal Skool.

The Aldo Nova song "Fantasy" was remade by the band into a faster paced song for the MTV original series Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory. The remake was released on iTunes on December 8, 2009 and their album Feel the Steel was released in June 2009.



Metal Skool

The quartet began to gain popularity in the Sunset Strip at the beginning of the new millennium under the name Metal Shop (soon changed into Metal Skool, then into Steel Panther). Their lineup consists of vocalist Ralph Saenz ("Michael Starr"), drummer Darren Leader ("Stix Zadinia"), bassist Travis Haley ("Lexxi Foxxx"), and guitarist Russ Parrish ("Satchel").[1] The band did weekly shows on Monday nights at the Viper Room, playing covers of 1980s hair metal hits while parodying the bands that made the songs famous. Despite presenting themselves under different stage names, two members of the band were already in other heavy metal acts. Frontman Michael Starr, using his name Ralph Saenz, had been in glam metal band L.A. Guns[2] between 1997 and 1998, publishing the 6 tracks EP Wasted. Before this, Saenz was the frontman of a Van Halen tribute band called Atomic Punks.[3] Guitarist Satchel was part of War & Peace, founded by ex Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson [4] and the band Fight, founded by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.[5][6] He was also a member of Atomic Punks together with Saenz. Years before, he played in the band Electric Fence with Racer X members Paul Gilbert and Jeff Martin.[2]

The band, under the name Danger Kitty, published in 2002 the promotional single "Love Rocket".[2] Steel Panther jokingly claims to be a glam metal band which had failed to gain mainstream success during the '80s.[1] This is why their official biography claims they have been active since 1988.[7] Thanks to the use of hair-sprayed looks, leather jackets and zebra spandex and to their experience in the Van Halen tribute band, they finally managed to gain some success.[1] In 2003 Steel Panther published Hole Patrol,[2] their auto-produced debut. The band appeared in a Discover Card advertisement as Danger Kitty and in the sitcom Drew Carey Show as themselves. Also in 2003, their song "Death to All But Metal" was included in a compilation CD called "Hey, That's What I Call Sludge! Vol. 1" put out by the Metal Sludge web site. Their cover of the song "Fantasy" by Aldo Nova was used as the opening musical theme for the MTV program Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory. On November 27, 2007 Metal Skool played original songs as well as covers of KISS songs at the Gene Simmons roast, they can be seen in the background of Gene Simmons reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. That year, they also appeared as themselves on Las Vegas in the episode "The High Price of Gas".[8]

Steel Panther

In April 2008 the band decided to change their name from Metal Skool to Steel Panther, making a new debut at The Rockin' Saddle Club in Redlands, California.[2] In May 2008, the band signed a contract with Republic Records (owned by record label Universal Records) announcing plans for a new studio album.[1] The first single, an updated version of "Death to All but Metal", first appeared on iTunes on 27 January 2009, whereas the album, entitled Feel the Steel and produced by Jay Ruston, was published on 9 June, during the same year.[2] A promotional video, directed by actor Dean Cameron, was shot for the song "Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)".

Thanks to their increased popularity their live performances began to be attended by a growing number of fans.[1] Some celebrities also appeared on stage during their concerts, including Criss Angel, Kenny Loggins, Paul Stanley, Kip Winger, Corey Taylor, David Draiman, Hal Sparks, David Bryan, Tony Romo, Dane Cook, Chris Jericho, Corey Feldman, Evan Seinfeld, Tera Patrick, Sully Erna, Drew Carey, Mike Starr, Chad Kroeger, Ryan Cabrera, Jerry Cantrell, Justin Hawkins, Kelly Clarkson, Ryan Key, Phil Anselmo, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom Morello, P!nk, Scott Ian, Justin Parks, M Shadows and Avril Lavigne in February 2009.[2] Steel Panther succeeded in becoming one of the most popular cover bands in California, winning the contest of "Best Tribute Band in the Universe".[2] After a several month run at the House of Blues Sunset Strip, Steel Panther returned to its weekly Monday night shows at the Key Club in Hollywood.

According to a recent interview with RockSource360, the band is currently recording songs for their next album. They performed their new song "Critter" at the UK Ozzfest 2010 and have posted footage of rehearsals in the studio for a new song, under the working title of "If You Really, Really, Really Love Me." In December 2010 their website offered a free download of their new Christmas song "Sexy Santa". In January 2011 Michael Starr confirmed the songs, "Tigerwoods", "Tongue Punch in the Fart Box", "Summertime", "I Like Drugs", "Supersonic Sex Machine", "Do You Wanna Do Me" and "17 Girls In A Row" for the new album in 2011.

Lexxi Foxxx mentioned that guests on the new Steel Panther record would be Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Gene Simmons (KISS), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), and Scott Ian (Anthrax).

In July, 2011, Steel Panther wrote on their Facebook page "IT'S CUMMING! ROCKTOBER 18TH!", and their Youtube page "COCKTOBER 18TH" which implies that the new album will be released on October 18, 2011. The release date was later pushed back to October 31st.

On the Steel Panther app, Michael Starr wrote that the new album will be called "Balls Out". On 22 August They Released The Single Off Balls Out Titled If You Really Really Love Me

On August 27, 2011, Freddie Wong released a YouTube video homage to the Crossfire board game which featured Steel Panther covering the Crossfire theme.



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart
US Rock
US Heat
2003 Hole Patrol (as Metal Shop) (later as Metal Skool)
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: self-released
2009 Feel the Steel 98 42 3
2011 Balls Out
  • Release date: October 31, 2011[12]
  • Label: Universal Records
40 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Album
2002 "Love Rocket" (as Danger Kitty) Non-album single
2003 "Death to All but Metal" Hey, That's What I Call Sludge! Vol. 1
2009 "Death to All but Metal" Feel the Steel
"Community Property"
"Eyes of a Panther"[13]
2010 "I Want It That Way" Non-album single
2011 "If You Really, Really Love Me" Balls Out
"17 Girls in a Row"


  • Fat Girl (Thar She Blows) - The Video (2005) - Home DVD featuring the music-video for Fat Girl and behind-the-scenes footage.

Behind The Music: Steel Panther (2009) - iTunes Podcast Featuring a fake 'Behind The Music' story for Steel Panther. (Features Stars Like Matt Sorum, Kat Von-D, Jani Lane, and Dave Navarro)

Music videos

  • Fat Girl (Thar She Blows) (2005) & (2009)
  • Death to All but Metal (2009)
  • Community Property (2009)
  • If You Really Really Love Me (2011)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Lymangrover, Jason (2009-02-26). "Steel Panther". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Steel Panther". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  3. ^ "L.A. Guns bio". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ "War & Peace bio". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Fight bio". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  6. ^ Ranta, Alan (2010-08-05). "Steel Panther / StinkMitt". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Las Vegas - 'The High Price of Gas' Episode Info - MSN TV". 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Steel Panther Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Steel Panther Album & Song Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Steel Panther Album & Song Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Interview – Steel Panther’s Michael Starr". Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Active & Mainstream Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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