As the world continues to mourn the loss of guitar icon Eddie Van Halen, Steel Panther has decided to pay tribute to the legend the best way they know how – by going back to their cover band beginnings. The band has recorded their interpretation of the seminal tunes “Beautiful Girls” and “D.O.A.” from the classic album Van Halen II. The songs have been some of Steel Panther’s favorites to play live and that became the inspiration to actually record them after all these years. The tracks are available via all streaming and digital platforms and the band filmed quarantine style music videos for each track.
“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,” explains Steel Panther.
Steel Panther has been helping to support concert photographers that have been sidelined since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Steel Pantherpartnered with 7 of their longtime collaborators to curate a virtual photo exhibition of each individual’s work for a 2-week period that started on February 1st. Fans can purchase exclusive prints that were hand-picked by the band and photographers in various configurations with the profits going to help each photographer during this touring shutdown. All images are available as a Premium Matte Poster, Framed Print or Framed Canvas with prices starting as low as $24.99. The photo exhibition will be available to see and purchase here: https://steelpantherrocks.com/pages/sex-jpgs-rock-n-roll.
The schedule for the remaining photographers is:
March 15th – Evil Robb – interviewed by Michael
March 29th – Pamela Sprenger – interviewed by Lexxi
April 12th – Charlie Steffens – interviewed by Michael
April 26th – David Jackson – interviewed by Stix
With individual markets beginning to open up at their own pace and with local guidelines for gatherings, Steel Panther has some upcoming tour dates in the United States. The band has stops scheduled in Arizona, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
April 1st – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (2 shows: Early/Late)
April 22nd – Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena
April 23rd – Concord, VA – DeVault Family Vineyards (Drive In Concert)
April 24th – Murfreesboro, TN – Hop Springs Beer Park
April 25th – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger (2 shows: Early/Late)
April 27th – Columbia, SC – The Senate
April 29th – Savannah, GA – Victory North (2 shows: Early/Late)
April 30th – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
May 1st – Memphis, TN – Growlers (2 shows: Early/Late)
May 2nd – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with four full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level You Tube status and high-profile television appearances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Now, and FOX NFL Sunday.
Rolling Stone avowed, “There’s a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a cover band playing the Sunset Strip,” while Metal Sucks declared, Steel Panther’s concept is genius…their songwriting is…preposterously snappy – and relatable.”
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