Steel Panther – Pittsburgh, PA – 12/10/2023

Rising from their early days on the Sunset Strip club circuit to America’s Got Talent, Steel Panther continues to entertain fans around the globe with their profane lyrics and metal licks.  Currently On The Prowl in support of their 2023 album, the glam metal parody band found their way to the “steel” city’s Roxian Theater on Sunday night, to deliver a celebration of light with their “Winter Holidaze Tour” festivities.

Taking their name from the rare event of a second full moon occurring in the same calendar month, Seattle’s Moon Fever hit the stage in direct support.  They delivered a high-octane thirty minute set include which included a few cuts off their four-song sampler that the band could be found sharing with new fans after the show like “Live Fast Die Young” and “Getting Loud.”  The band’s current line-up features frontman Triston Bracht (Hellbot), Mitch Micoley on guitar, Dave Orton (Hyro the Hero) on bass, and Troy Wageman (Hyro the Hero) on drums.

It was not long after when Steel Panther hit the stage in sea of pink and purple bliss.  As their shadows emerged and music grew louder, so did the crowd.  For those not in the know, the band is frontman Ralph Saenz (“Michael Starr”), drummer Darren Leader (“Stix Zadinia”), guitarist Russ Parrish (“Satchel”), and bassist Joe Lester (“Spyder”) who officially replaced Travis Haley (“Lexxi Foxxx”) last year.

Following a successful run on America’s Got Talent and the release of the band’s new album, there is certainly much to celebrate.  And as an added bonus, in observance of Satchel and Starr’s friendiversary, we were treated to some colorful stories of the ongoing situationship between the two bandmates.

Moreover, to keep things festive, the Sunday evening show was illuminated by a few sparse light strands and enough Santa hats for the band and two of their guests. And as those on the naughty list can easily imaging, there was lots of talk of a North Pole, egg nog, and stocking stuffers.

While the show brought an overwhelming majority of men to Roxian last night, their special guests included embarrassed mother Nicole and excited daughter Kaiti, who were serenaded by the band as part of an acoustic set before inviting a few dozen women from the crowd to come on stage to dance the night away.

Luckily, the venue features a ramp to the stage because there were some very handy-capable dancers in the group including a woman adorned in sequins from head to toe walking on crutches.

New additions to the band’s set included the nostalgic “1987,” as well as the raunchy “Friends with Benefits” and the appropriate “Ain’t Dead Yet,” which celebrates the sexual perseverance of the many now-aging rock stars. But fear not, there was still a visit from a local “Asian Hooker” and in response to ongoing chants from the audience, the band encored with “Glory Hole” and their hat toss competition before taking a prowl, I mean bow.

Follow Steel Panther on social or visit for their current US tour dates, which will conclude with back to back performances on Dec 29 and 30 in Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Commodore Ballroom to ring in the New Year (apparently these guys are confused about New Year’s Eve falling on December 31st this year). Look for more from the boys, you can find our last review from Stage AE here, and be sure to hit our archives for a nostalgic interview from the good old days

Follow us @ThePureRockShop on Facebook and Instagram for more local show coverage including Trans-Siberian Orchestra later this week as well as shows from SteelheartLynch Mob and Quiet Riot to ring in the New Year in nearby Ohio at the new Epic Live in Ashtabula. In January, you’ll find us in Key West’s at the Third-Annual Rokisland Festival, in March, we’ll be on the Monsters of Rock Cruise, and in May, you’ll find us at the M3 Rock Festival in Baltimore.

Coverage by Editor and founder Kara Marie Uhrlen on 12/10/2023.  All event photos by Kara Uhrlen and The Pure Rock Shop.