The sleaze and the cheese were turned up to 11 during '80s-inspired heavy metal comedy act Steel Panther's JVC- and Spin-sponsored set at the Key Club in Hollywood last night (July 21). Openers Blacklist Union celebrated their new CD with black leather- and-bombast- fueled rock, and Albatross warmed things up with a swamp-metal fest. And since the show launched Carstereoke.com's new video contest, headliners Steel Panther took the stage by premiering their "Death to All But Metal" clip, which they put together in honor of the challenge. The spandex-clad quartet then delivered hair metal classics ranging from Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood" to perennial crowd favorite, Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," which had members of the capacity crowd pumping their fists and singing along.
You can teach a dirty old dog new tricks, but he'll still be adirty old dog, and thankfully, Social Distortion embodied this maxim attheir sold-out House of Blues show in Anaheim last night (Dec. 11).Mike Ness and Co. delivered new takes on old favorites, proving thatafter 30 years in the SoCal punk scene, the band's raw ferocity andshredded hardcore heart remains at the core of their guitar-soakedbattle cries. But the tattooed-covered Ness, with his guitar slung lowand legs spread wide, revealed a softer side, too, throwing red rosesto the crowd at the show's start. From there, the band'sdialed down version of "Story of My Life," featuring acoustic guitars,upright bass, and accordion, spurred the adoring middle-aged fans,rockabilly couples, and young punks in the first of the night's manysing-alongs.