Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to Steel Panther’s singer Michael Starr. Starr spoke about the bands new album ‘On The Prowl’ Plus Starr also spoke about if the band is getting push back from cancel culture folks.
Sixth Studio Album ‘On The Prowl’ was released February 24, 2023.
From the interview
Michael Starr was asked if there was any push back at their shows from the cancel culture folks he replied,” No, not really. The only push back we got was for a plug-in that Satchel designed called the ‘Pussy Melter’ and it was on the TC electronics website and a girl guitar player saw it and she got extremely offended by it. She wrote the company and (the company) took the plug-in off because one person was upset with it. So Satchel came up with the idea and said why don’t we just make a guitar pedal? So we got into the guitar pedal business. And that thing flew off the shelves so quick, cause people were trying to cancel us. We only made 10,000 of them, just a small order of them, a limited edition. And we sold them all in two weeks. So somebody tried to cancel us, or a subcategory of us and it kind of backfired on them. Anyways my point is people that come to our shows, they know what to expect. No one walks off the street and says ohh that looks like a fun show, I’m going to go in buy a ticket and go, I am so offended by them saying FU#K or whatever. People that come to our shows know what they are coming into. They know they are coming to a show where they are going to laugh and hear some profane, politically incorrect humour. I think everyone’s there for the same party. So we really haven’t experienced any of that cancel culture. Our shows have been selling out on this tour and I would like to attribute it to how great my hair looks but it’s not that it is more like people are sick of not being heard. People are sick of getting bullshitted and they want something they can count on. “
On The Prowl Track Listing: 1) Never Too Late (To Get Some Pu**y Tonight) 2) Friends With Benefits 3) On Your Instagram 4) Put My Money Where Your Mouth Is 5) 1987 6) Teleporter 7) Is My D**k Enough (feat. Dweezil Zappa) 8) Magical Vagina 9) All That And More 10) One Pump Chump 11) Pornstar 12) Ain’t Dead Yet 13) Sleeping On The Rollaway
Kings of masterful heavy metal parodies NANOWAR OF STEEL bless the world with yet another spectacular music video for their new single “Uranus”, featuring none other than glam icon Michael Starr of the legendary STEEL PANTHER! Showing off their incredible choreography skills in shiny space suits, NANOWAR OF STEEL dance their way straight into your heart – and Uranus!
Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER) says about the video for “Uranus”: “This video will make your penis bigger with one view. The more times you view it, the bigger your penis will get. You’re welcome. ‘Uranus’ is a must watch video. It’s the only way to have your first eye orgasms. A fun video with a great story line. If you don’t like this song you must be deaf. If you don’t like this video you must be blind.”
Gatto Panceri 666 of NANOWAR OF STEEL adds about the video for “Uranus”: “I know, this joke has been used and abused since 1781, from the very first day William Herschel discovered this planet. However, being a practicing astronomer and a professional idiot, I felt I had more right to use it as the subject of a song to be dignified with a Lady Gaga-level video (in all humbleness). Perhaps it won’t be the most original pun ever, but one thing we can tell you for sure: this joke turned out to be the most expensive one we’ve ever told so far!”
Watch the new video for “Uranus” feat. Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER) HERE:
After gathering millions of clicks on YouTube and Spotify, Italy’s finest up-and-coming comedy metal outfit NANOWAR OF STEEL celebrates the overwhelmingly successful release of their previously sold out 2018 album, Stairway To Valhalla, with an exclusive first ever re-issue on vinyl via Napalm Records on December 4, 2020, now available for pre-order!
The re-issued vinyl edition will be available in two different colors and comes along with a bonus CD as well as yet-unreleased fountains of fun, starting with party smashing “Uranus” featuring Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER). On their forth full-length, the five-piece offers hits such as “The Call of Cthulhu” and “Barbie, Milf Princess of the Twilight” featuring Fabio Lione (Turilli/Lione Rhapsody). The Bonus CD also contains NANOWAR OF STEEL’s smashers “Norwegian Reggaeton” and “Valhalleluja” amongst others!
Stairway To Valhalla (Re-Issue) Tracklist: 1. Declination 2. Barbie, Milf Princess of the Twilight 3. The Call of Cthulhu 4. Heavy Metal Kibbles 5. Il maestro Myiagi di Pino 6. L’opelatole ecologico 7. Images and Swords 8. In the Sky 9. … And Then I Noticed That She Was a Gargoyle 10. Tooth Fairy 11. Vegan Velociraptor 12. Another Drill in the Wall 13. Ironmonger (The Copier of the Seven Keys) 14. Bum Voyage 15. Uranus 16. The Crown and the Onion Ring 17. The Quest for Carrefour 18. Hail to Liechtenstein 19. Uranus (feat. Michael Starr)
Bonus CD: 1. Valhalleluja 2. Sottosegretari alla presidenza della repubblica del True Metal 3. Norwegian Reggaeton 4. Bestie di Seitan 5. Sneeztem of a Yawn 6. A cena da Gianni 7. Kurograd 8. Esce ma non mi rosica (Shahram Shabpareh Cover) 9. Deep Throat Revolution (Immanuel Casto Cover) 10. Norwegian Reggaeton (Remix)
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice spoke to STEEL PANTHER singer Michael Starr. Starr spoke about the bands new album Heavy Metal Rules which will be released on September 27 2019, being politically correct and how the band had to re-record the new album cause the files were deleted by mistake.
Watch the interview here:
When asked about the pros and cons of recording the new album
“Well we took a lot of time on this record because the whole record ended up getting deleted because Lexxi Foxx took the hard drives with the sessions and the backup a and he dropped it on the cement and the files were all gone and we had no back up in the cloud because the internet wasn’t working at the Studio. So we had to re-record all the vocals, the bass, the guitars and the keyboards for the whole record so we really re-recorded everything. Then after listening back to my voice it sounded like there was something wrong with it so I went to my voice doctor and he looked and said I had a polyp or node on it so we had to postpone the release of the record and I went and had surgery, so they cut the node out and I’ve recovered 100%. Then I recorded all the vocals again so for this record we spent a lot of time on it and we perfected every part of each song and you’re gonna hear it and be blown away it’s killer.”
When asked if re-doing the album multiple times helped made the album sound better?
“Every time we record a record, we first do a demo and then we go on to record it for real with our producer and then you live with it for the rest of your life. Well this time we recorded it and we lived with it for about a month and then we had to re-recorded it so I was able to really challenge myself to to make it better. Then when I had to get the surgery my voice was even stronger and it was easier to sing. So I would say I did each song each song about 150 times after three re-records so what you’re hearing is the accumulation of me really getting deep and emotion with the tracks and I think it reflects that very cool.”
When asked if Steel panther is part of an Anti-Politically Correct back lash movement today
“We started 20 years ago so this is something that we’ve always done and the only thing that’s different for us as a band which separates us from other bands is we sing about the same thing and we don’t give a fuck what people think. I think that people can appreciate our stance and freedom of speech and being able to not only to maintain our career but continue on. People said on our second record oh they won’t be around much longer but here we are. We hear the same thing all the time every record but we keep getting more fans and more fans and more fans. So the people that don’t like us I appreciate them because it gives us the drive to continue on to prove them wrong. ”
When asked if they are getting fans based on a wave of back lash of a politically correct society
“I’ll take it dude I’ll take it and I think that we do I think we do responsibly you know it’s not like we’re doing it just to get attention we do it because this is what we’ve always done. Not like a flash in the pan whoa well let’s get everyone freaked out about something we’re saying we don’t even try to do that it just happened. ”
When asked about the song I ain’t buying what you’re selling and if it is getting too deep for them
“I was thinking about this the other day, I’m not young dude anymore I’m 54 years old, pretty soon I’ll be a senior citizen get in the 10% discount at Denny’s and after that I’m gonna get my Social Security if it’s even there. You don’t think about that shit when you’re living with your mom, after I moved out when I was 49 I realized you know the world need Steel Panther, people need to enjoy themselves but we’re not like idiots we know what’s going on around. ”
When asked if Steel Panther would ever do a concept record like Operation Mindcrime or the Wall
“You know we’ve always talked about wanting to do that because Queensryche is one of our influences, you probably can’t tell but they are. Pink Floyd The Wall that was a big influence on me when I was younger, the concept record seems like a great idea it’s just it’s not easy to do so, I don’t know what the concept would be. I feel like most of our records are we talk about different ways to get high and f*** and I think that that concept is universal for everybody because everybody wants to get high and everybody wants to party and everyone wants to have a good time. ”
When asked about the passing of 80’s icon Rick Ocasek of the Cars?
“It’s just it sucks and I can’t help to think of my own mortality. When you hear somebody that influenced you when you’re younger passing it’s just keeps getting closer and closer to your own mortality and it’s just it’s a bummer but thankfully he has a body of work that people can still listen to and can appreciate today and in the future. Kind of like Tom Petty bummer he is gone but thankfully he leaves his legacy and major influence across the whole music industry.”
Former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin caught up with STEEL PANTHER‘s Front man Michael Starr on January 10 2017 in Los Angeles backstage at the Whisky at a VAN HALEN Tribute night at the Ultimate Jam night. Their new album will be released Feb 24 2017
When asked about the New albums musical direction
“Nothing is different,it’s about F***ing, getting High and partying, there is like 10 songs on it. They all have different names then the last record and it’s pretty cool.”
When asked if he has ever been to Edward Van Halen House
“I’m really good friends with Eddie Van Halen’s Gardener and I once went helped him cut Eddie’s lawn and that was really fun man. Cause Eddie came out and he and I think he threw me a beer. i still have that beer it’s a pop top Milwaukee light
When asked why Steel Panther is more popular in Europe than the USA
Have you ever heard of Clear channel. Well Clear Channel controls pretty much all the radio stations in America so they won’t play our music. In Europe everybody plays our music, in Australia they play our music, in Canada they play our music, in Mexico they play our music. Maybe in the USA whoever is in charge needs to F”””Off. and start hanging out and start grabbing Pu*** and start playing Steel Panther?
Alaska’s rock radio station KWHL conducted an interview with STEEL PANTHER singer Michael Starr at this year’s Download festival, which was held June 8-10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
STEEL PANTHER is the ’80s metal/hard rock tribute band formerly known as METAL SKOOL. The group’s lineup includes guitarist “Satchel” (real name Russ Parrish; ex-FIGHT) and singer “Michael Starr” (real name Ralph Saenz; ex-L.A. GUNS). Onstage, the band both pays tribute to and lampoons the heyday of ’80s glam metal. The group’s between-song comedy includes jests at conflict between bandmembers, discussions of drugs, sex, and improvised humor with the crowd.
STEEL PANTHER‘s sophomore album, “Balls Out”, sold nearly 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on November 1, 2011 via Universal Republic Records, the follow-up to 2009’s “Feel The Steel” contains 14 soon-to-be classics such as “Just Like Tiger Woods”, “Gold Digging Whore” and “Weenie Ride”. The album also features cameos by Dane Cook on the album opener “In The Future” and NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and EXTREME axeman Nuno Bettencourt show up on an instant classic “It Won’t Suck Itself”. “Balls Out” was produced by Grammy-nominated producer/mixer Jay Ruston who produced the band’s “Feel The Steel” debut and is known for his work with ANTHRAX, MEAT LOAF, THE DONNAS and MORRISSEY, to name a few.