Steel Panther is banging heads every weekend at Green Valley Ranch Resort


Steel Panther is holding on to the heavy metal of the '80s.

"It was in the '90s you started seeing grunge," said Michael Starr, lead singer for the group. "Then bands cut their hair and started wearing flannel. We are holding on to ('80s heavy metal) and bringing it back."

The four-man band, which includes Starr; Satchel, lead guitarist; Lexxi Foxxx, bassist; and Stix Zadinia, drummer, rocks out at 8 p.m. every Saturday inside Ovation at Green Valley Ranch Resort, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway . There is no cover charge, but the audience must be 21 or older.

Even though their names might sound far-fetched, Satchel can't remember going by any other name.

"I think the lines got blurred between our real names and the names we have now," Satchel said.

Dressed in anything from leather to brown-sequined pants and sporting long hair perfect for head banging, the band doesn't just pay tribute to the 1980s. It embodies it.

"Sometimes the costumes are uncomfortable," Starr said. "Since we have a weekly show, we try to make (the costumes) as different as possible We have a designer that comes up with different ideas."

Along with heavy metal sounds, the band uses crass and blunt humor.

"I'm not afraid to say what's on my mind," Starr said. "I think the crowd enjoys that."

The band formed nearly 20 years ago.

"It was 1996 when we got our first residency in Vegas," Starr said .

Satchel said it feels much longer.

"We've been there since (Frank) Sinatra," Satchel said. "That might not be true, but it feels like it."

The band has been at Ovation for five years.

Steel Panther currently has one album out called "Steel Panther: Feel the Steel" and plans to have its third album out in September.

In addition to its shows at Green Valley Ranch Resort, the band also plays Friday nights at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay and Monday nights at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, Calif .

Each venue is a different crowd.

"In Las Vegas, we have about 50 percent tourist and 50 percent locals," Starr said.

At Green Valley Ranch Resort, Steel Panther has a good number of locals show up.

"But they all are ready to party," Starr said. "The whole weekend (in Vegas) is a big adventure."

Satchel said all crowds, whether it is in Hollywood or Las Vegas, have a common factor.

"Deep down, all people want to rock out," Satchel said. "They just want to rock out and party."

For more information on the band, visit steelpantherrocks.com or follow Starr on Twitter at @MichaelStarrr.

Contact Henderson and Anthem View reporter Michael Lyle at mlyle@viewnews.com or 387-5201.

 

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