Steel Panther Welcome Bassist Joe “Spyder” Lester To The Band, Announce “Claus & Paws Holiday Party” Shows

Steel Panther have officially welcomed Joe “Spyder” Lester to the band as their new bassist. He will be replacing Travis “Lexxi Foxx” Haley, who exited the band last year.

The group said the following about Spyder’s addition:

“We wanted it to be you. We wanted it to be you so badly. So, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but we want to do that because we want you. We want all of you, forever, you and us, every day. To us, you are perfect. You had us at hello. You complete us. We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

With this news, the band have also announced the dates for their “Claus & Paws Holiday Party” tour:

11/26 Sault St. Marie – Kewadin Casino
11/27 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
11/29 Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall
11/30 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
12/02 Waterloo, NY – Del Lago Casino
12/03 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
12/04 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
12/29 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
12/30 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

Steel Panther, Mushroomhead, Ho99o9, Etc. Set For 2022 Gathering Of The Juggalos Festival

Insane Clown Posse have revealed the lineup for this year’s Gathering Of The Juggalos. The event will take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH on August 3-6 and it will feature the following:

Joke Ya Mind Stage:

Babytron, Egyptian Lover, Fat Nick, Freewill, Hexxx, ICP’s Super Mix Juggalo Juke Box Show, In Dying Arms, Insane Clown Posse, KRS-One, LSP Gorehoundz Of Snuff, Mike E. Clark, Odd Squad Family, Ouija Macc, Pouya, Roadside Ghost, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Slick Rick, Steel Panther, The Cybertronic Spree, The X-Ecutioners X Large Profressor Featuring The Future Kingz, Tre LB, #BPTF, Fat C, Mereness, Super Famous Fun Time Guys, The Hatchet Man Project, and Wiked Wood.

Nightmare Stage:

Amerakin Overdose, Big Hoodoo, Dana Dentata, Esham, Green Jellÿ, Group Home, HB The Grizzly, Ho99o9, Legz Diamond, Lorentz, Madd Maxx w/ Reverend Television, Motown Rage, Mushroomhead, Onyx, Scythe Gang 666, Skitzo, and Wicked Wayz, 386 Music, Clooner, Fams And The Hooliganz, Ghoulavelii, Grimm, Hitman Chris, Lil Fortune, Like A Villain, McNastee, Politicize, Professor Fresh, Really Bad People, Riddy K, Sex Waffles, The Psykoloz, Tricky Youth, Wild Bill, Yahz (Ka-Hopi), and Zigzvck.

Watch The Darkness Perform “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” With Steel Panther’s Michael Starr

During their June 18 set at Hellfest in Clisson, France, The Darkness were joined onstage by Steel Panther’s Michael Starr. You can see fan-filmed footage of them performing “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” together below:

Steel Panther: “We May Never Find Another Replacement” For Bassist Lexxi Foxx

During a recent interview with RAMzine, Steel Panther offered an update on their ongoing search for a bassist. However, singer Michael Starr said they “may never find another replacement for Lexxi [Foxx].”

Starr said the following:

“We tried out over… We had how many video submissions… probably [over 700]. And we went through every single video. And we did some test runs with some people. And when we find the right guy, you guys will know.”

Drummer Stix Zadinia continued:

“On this tour, we have our friend Spyder with us, who is a great friend and an even better bass player. He’s not that great a friend. I’m kidding. He’s awesome. We’ve known him since 1990. He’s one of our homies and he’s killing it. And we cannot wait to jam with him. But we are still searching for the permanent guy ’cause Spyder’s got another gig; he’s got a paper route that he works on.”

Starr then added:

“We may never find another replacement for Lexxi. We love him. We miss him dearly. And I’m glad he’s doing what he wants to do in life. But replacing him, it’s like trying to replace Stix or me — it’s impossible. So we may never, ever have a bass player. We might just be trying out bass players until I die.”

Zadinia concluded:

“And every time we get a new guy, we just say, ‘Hey, come out. There’s no money involved. So just try out.’ We just keep doing it forever.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of The Offspring, Down, Jinjer, Sepultura, Etc. Performing At 2022 Hellfest

ARTE Concert have been sharing pro-shot footage of full sets from this year’s Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can find performances from The Offspring, Down, Jinjer, Sepultura, Dropkick Murphys, Steel Panther, Anti-Flag, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Red Fang, Flotsam And Jetsam, Alestorm, Perturbator, and The Toy Dolls below:

Steel Panther’s Satchel Offers Update On New Album: “I Think We’re Mastering It Right Now”

During an interview with “Mike James Rock Show” at the UK Download Festival, Steel Panther guitarist Satchel offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“It’s coming out as soon as we’re done with it. I don’t know when that’s gonna be. Hopefully soon. I think we’re mastering it right now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Steel Panther To Mix New Album In June

Steel Panther have shared a new update on their upcoming album. The band are planning to mix the effort in June.

The group said the following:

“To all Fanthers, metal heads and clickbait enthusiasts around the globe:

We wanted to give you an update on all things happening in Steel Panther land.

The bass player search continues!!! We have been road testing several different people to date and so far we still haven’t found the Poontang to our Boomerang. We have spoken to a bunch of people – some you have seen and some you haven’t – and we won’t rest until we find the next Steel Panther low-end maestro to complete us like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. Until then, our good friend Spyder is going to be filling in for us in Europe. We cannot wait to see you guys on the Res-Erections tour next month.

Also – if you have come to any of our shows over the past few weeks, the rumors are totally true!!! Not only is Stix STD free, but we are working hard on finishing the new album. We are planning to enter the mix phase in June. We will be sharing more exciting news on that in the near future.

We can’t wait to see you on the road and on our tour bus!!
Michael, Satchel and Stix”

Crashdïet Share Music Video For “Powerline” Featuring Steel Panther’s Michael Starr

Crashdïet have premiered a new video for their song “Powerline.” The track, which features Steel Panther’s Michael Starr, is from the band’s latest album “Automaton.”

Dream Theater, Bullet For My Valentine, Mastodon, Etc. Set For 2022 Download Japan Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for this year’s Download Japan festival. The event will take place at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Center in Chiba on August 14 and it will feature: Dream Theater, Bullet For My Valentine, Mastodon, Steel Panther, At The Gates, The Halo Effect, and more to be announced.

Skindred, Alestorm, Red Fang, Etc. Added To 2022 UK Download Festival

More bands have been added to this year’s Download Festival. The event will take place in Donington Park, UK on June 10-12 and the updated daily lineups for each stage can be found below.

June 10:

Main Stage: KISS, A Day To Remember, Skindred, Black Veil Brides, Bury Tomorrow, Theory Of A Deadman, and Wayward Sons.

Second Stage: The Distillers, Airbourne, Lacuna Coil, Myles Kennedy, Skynd, and Ayron Jones.

Avalanche Stage: The Ghost Inside, Sleep Token, Normandie, Meet Me At The Altar, Kid Brunswick, As Everything Unfolds, and Press Club.

The Dogtooth Stage: Electric Wizard, Blues Pills, Red Fang, British Lion, Bokassa, Tempt, A.A. Williams, Dead Poet Society, Cellar Door Moon Crow, The Scratch, and Heriot.

June 11:

Main Stage: Iron Maiden, Deftones, Shinedown, The Pretty Reckless, Black Label Society, Monster Truck, Those Damn Crows, and The Raven Age.

Second Stage: Megadeth, Mastodon, Daughtry, Bush, Code Orange, Ice Nine Kills, Malevolence, Cassyette, and Dirty Honey.

Avalanche Stage: Funeral For A Friend, Creeper, The Faim, Grandson, Holding Absence, Loathe, Dragged Under, Salem, and Blackout Problems.

The Dogtooth Stage: Sepultura, Dying Fetus, Bleed From Within, Venom Prison, Will Haven, Higher Power, Dana Dentata, Banks Arcade, Dead Label, Death Blooms, and Temples On Mars.

June 12:

Main Stage: Biffy Clyro, Korn, Volbeat, Rise Against, Alestorm, Powerwolf, and Wargasm.

Second Stage: Steel Panther, The Darkness, Skillet, Baroness, Tremonti, Wednesday 13, Massive Wagons, The Last Internationale, and Control The Storm.

Avalanche Stage: Descendents, Boston Manor, Trash Boat, Spiritbox, Marianas Trench, Jamie Lenman, The Hara, Cemetery Sun, Dead Posey, and Static Dress.

The Dogtooth Stage: Myles Kennedy (acoustic set), Yonaka, Twin Temple, Fire From The Gods, Orbit Culture, Kill The Lights, Modern Error, Thick, Phoxjaw, Bimini, Anchor Lake, The Velveteers, and The Injester.