During Steel Panther’s September 14 show in Norfolk, VA, the band were joined onstage by Travis Tritt for a performance of the country singer’s song “Homesick.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. This news comes after Tritt recently made headlines for moronic comments regarding common sense vaccine mandates.
Steel Panther have opened auditions in an effort to find a replacement for ex-bassist Lexxi Foxx, who exited the band last month. You can audition by doing the following:
1. Be bitchin
2. Upload a video of you playing any Steel Panther song titled “yourname_songname_youremailaddress” here.
3. Upload a video of you introducing yourself to Steel Panther explaining why you should be our bassist titled “yourname_introduction_youremailaddress” here.”
Steel Panther have parted ways with bassist Lexxi Foxx. A replacement has yet to be revealed.
The group commented:
“The End of an Era
The great pandemic of 2020-2037 has affected all of us. For some though, it has opened doors of opportunity and been a catalyst to seek out one’s true calling in life. This is Lexxi’s story. He started his side business, “Sexy Lexxi’s Prettiest Pets,” to bring in money for Botox during the lockdown. But something miraculous happened. He realized that his love for making pets pretty was greater than his love for being pretty himself. Lexxi discovered a greater love. Possibly, the greatest love of all.
Lexxi has chosen to hang up his mirror and focus on his newfound passion. Making ugly dogs pretty. Anyway, after nearly 40 years of rocking together and taking Steel Panther from the Viper Room to headlining Wembley Arena, it is with heavy hearts – but great heavy metal memories – that we bid Lexxi Foxx farewell. We love you and we wish you a wonderful future putting eyeliner on chihuahuas.
Steel Panther will continue to rock the world. And though we may not ever find a bassist quite as beautiful as Lexxi, it shouldn’t be hard to find one to match his towering intellect.
Good Luck… And goodbye Lexxi Foxx!!”
During their July 15 set at the Rock Fest in Cadott, WI, Steel Panther were joined onstage by Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna for a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” You can check out fan-filmed footage of that below:
During a recent interview with Comebackstage, Michael Starr offered an update on the new Steel Panther album. According to him, the band currently have two pre-production tracks done.
Starr said the following:
“Satchel [guitar] writes all the songs for STEEL PANTHER, and Stix [Zadinia, drums] and I write stuff to Satchel’s music. So, we’ve been able to finish two songs so far in pre-production, and then we have about 12 more that we’re gonna record. So what we’re doing is we’re having a different process right now because of COVID, and the different process is we normally don’t demo up what Satchel writes. He’ll make a demo, and then we usually just go in the studio and then we add our parts to it. But this time we’re doing it in pre-production, which means he writes a demo for a song, he presents it to us, we learn what we wanna learn and then add our personalities to the songs. But now we’re recording ’em at Stix’s house. Because we don’t wanna spend the money on doing it with a producer, ’cause right now we’re just barely making it. And we’re not signed to a label; we have our own label. So whenever we put out a record now, we pay for everything upfront. So that’s why we’re doing it this way, this process — making sure that we’re totally ready to go, and then we’re gonna take those 14 songs and go record ’em for real, in a real studio and a producer.”
“As far as a timeline for our new music is concerned, we don’t really have one because we don’t know what the fuck’s gonna happen. ‘Cause everything could shut down. Tokyo shut down yesterday, U.K. is getting more cases, and you just never know. So we’re just gonna keep going down this path.”
Starr also added the following about the musical direction of the new material:
“I can tell you this: the cool thing about the music that we’re doing is it’s a departure from what we normally do, but it’s all based on the same thing: getting fucking high, getting laid and partying. What STEEL PANTHER sells is fun. And I think the people need this right now. I know I do. I wanna escape and laugh and have a good time and rock. So, for me, performing is great. It makes me forget about all the bullshit that’s going on, and I can just be in that moment and enjoy being around other people.”
During Steel Panther’s June 25 show at Emo’s in Austin, TX, the band were joined onstage by Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael for a cover of Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” You can see footage of that below:
Steel Panther have shared a new live video for their song “The Burden Of Being Wonderful.” You can check that out below. The footage is taken from the band’s recent “Fans Come First” livestream show, which was held at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA on May 22.
Steel Panther have announced another livestream concert, which they are calling “Fans Come First.” The virtual event will take place at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA on May 22 and tickets can be found HERE. Fans can also vote on the setlist and submit video clips that may be used during the show HERE. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Dogs Without Borders. Steel Panther commented:
“It has been over six months since we have been able to do a livestream from Los Angeles. With summer just around the corner, we figured now is the perfect time to come together with the fans and help some dogs while at it. The fact the fans will be picking the set list for this one is something that we couldn’t be more excited for. It is going to an adventure for us as much as it will be for them.”
During a recent appearance on the “Lipps Service With Scott Lipps” podcast, Steel Panther confirmed that they are recording a new album. The effort is tentatively set to be released later this year.
Stix Zadinia said the following:
“We’re recording a new record right now. And we’re doing this one differently than we’ve ever done a record. Usually, for every record, we get together, we go into pre-production, we work it out. Satchel [guitar] will come in with the songs, then we’ll get together physically, work ’em out, go record ’em, and we’re all at the studio. And because of the way things are now, it’s forced us to sort of look at things through a different lens, and we’ve decided to try it this way… I’m tracking drums here [at home], I’m sending it to the guys, then there’s guitars laid over, and then vocals that are gonna be recorded. So it’s very separate. And then we’ll have somebody mix it. And that’ll be the record.”
“It’s basically very similar to the way we’ve been doing records, except just a different order. I think every time you do a record, there’s so much that has to be put into writing a song, making a song good and listening to a song from start to finish and having it be exciting and not bore you — all the stuff that goes into that is before you ever start to record. And then recording these days, we’re all very lucky because you can get really great sounds in your home studio. The only thing that we’re probably gonna go, and need to go, into a really good studio for is the drums, ’cause that involves the room and other things. But you don’t necessarily have to do the drums first. If you’re playing to a click, and if you work out the parts that you want for a record, you can replace it with real drums later on in the process. And that’s just all we’re doing. We’re doing the guitars and the bass and the vocals first, and then we’ll probably end up going in somewhere and doing the drums afterwards and then mixing at the very end. Mixing is always the last part of the process anyways. Just a little bit different order this time, just because like a lot of bands, most of our money comes from touring, so we don’t have the money to go throw thousands of dollars to a recording studio right now.”
Steel Panther have shared some covers of Van Halen‘s “Beautiful Girls” and “D.O.A.” You can check those out below:
The band commented:
“When we were playing weekly shows on the Sunset Strip, Van Halen music was essential to our set lists to keep the place rocking. The music of that band is what helped shape who Steel Panther is today. The loss of Eddie Van Halen has affected each of us in the band and these covers are our tribute to him to say thank you for the joy Van Halen music has given us.”
In other news, the group have also decided to book some shows amid the coronavirus pandemic:
04/01 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (2 shows: early/late)
04/22 Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena
04/23 Concord, VA – DeVault Family Vineyards (Drive In Concert)
04/24 Murfreesboro, TN – Hop Springs Beer Park
04/25 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger (2 shows: early/late)
04/27 Columbia, SC – The Senate
04/29 Savannah, GA – Victory North (2 shows: early/late)
04/30 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
05/01 Memphis, TN – Growlers (2 shows: early/late)
05/02 Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company