STEEL PANTHER's MICHAEL STARR Doesn't Get Bored Of Being A 'Parody' Of Rock Bands: 'I Love It', He SaysFebruary 7, 2023
In a new interview with Germany's Rock Antenne, vocalist Michael Starr of California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER was asked if he ever gets "bored of being a parody of rock bands." He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I love playing heavy metal. It's the most exciting job in the world for me. I've always dreamed about doing this — being on stage and being able to go all over the world with my buddies and play for people that like our music. It's really cool.
"Before we got signed by Universal, we were writing songs, and they were going, 'No. No. No.' They never signed us," he continued. "And then finally we were, like, 'You know what? Fuck it! We're gonna sing about what we wanna sing about. We're gonna sing about what we're thinking.' And once we did that, we got signed right away and we put out 'Death To All But Metal', and the rest is history.
"So, I don't care if people think it's a joke or a parody or whatever — who fucking cares?" he added. "It's STEEL PANTHER at the end of the day.
"No, I'm not bored. I love it."
STEEL PANTHER's sixth studio album, "On The Prowl", will be released on February 24.
The band's "On The Prowl" world tour 2023 will kick off later this month and will run throughout North America through April. CROBOT and TRAGEDY will be joining the band on the North American tour. The band will take a short break before bringing the party to the United Kingdom and Ireland in May.
In September, STEEL PANTHER announced the addition of Spyder as the band's new bassist.
Formed in 2000, STEEL PANTHER specializes in imitating and exaggerating the less flattering aspects of 1980s hair metal, with unrepentantly crude, non-PC sexual content as a favorite lyrical theme.
The group's music has been described as "VAN HALEN meets MÖTLEY CRÜE meets RATT meets 'Wayne's World', complete with operatic shrieks, misogyny, shredding guitar solos and libidinal overdrive."
Fourteen years ago, STEEL PANTHER changed its name from METAL SKOOL to its current moniker and shifted the focus of its act from '80s metal covers to originals.
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