Steel Panther put the “glam” into Glam Metal during their annual visit to the Chicago House of Blues.

It was a jam-packed night of rock with Chicago’s very own Man The Mighty kicking off proceedings. This 30-minute set was a serious, punchy blast of good, solid, all-out metal. This four-piece meant business and certainly had the House of Blues warmed up and ready for the night ahead. Their set, mainly taken from their EP released earlier this year, was well received by the eager audience. Whilst Man The Mighty are no stranger to the House of Blues, they surely will have an increased following after this hometown performance.

Next up were the boys from Detroit, Wilson, with their lively and energetic set. The guys gave it their all, with particular mention to Chad Nicefield’s power vocals. They had the House of Blues eating out the palm of their hands and lapping up every bit of their performance. Even though the crowd were already geared up, they managed to take the energy up another notch.

With the night reaching fever pitch, it was time for the leopard print spandex to saunter on to the stage. It might have been a late set for a snowy Sunday night but the House of Blues was bursting at the seams. The audience were ready for a full participation night, with several people donning wigs and bandannas. The ladies were ready to jump on stage at any given moment to dance and romp with the band before the obligatory shirt lift and flashing of the boobs.

While Steel Panther may be considered a novelty band paying homage to the hair metal heyday, but that is an injustice for this band of extremely talented musicians. Satchel may have perfected the glam metal guitar stance and power-pointing but he also managed to pull off some intricate and melodic guitar riffs and links amongst the bravado.

Chicago native Michael Starr’s power and vocal range was impressive, all the while singing some of the wittiest yet clever and close to the bone (pun intended) lyrics.

The band’s rhythm section was on point with the powerful, ever smiling Stix on drums and the power-pouter of the band, Lexxii, locked in on his bass, which nicely coordinated with his shirt.

The House of Blues lapped up the adrenaline fueled set. It was clear to see why these guys return every December. For the 110% they gave on stage, they got that back and more. Audience members were so desperate to revel in the electric atmosphere, there was a large portion who had to watch the evening’s activities on the various TV screens around the Music Hall as it was so full they couldn’t actually see the stage.

It’s sad to think this year’s show is now over and will soon be a distant memory with the holiday festivities around the corner, but here’s hoping for a return visit next year.

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Event Date: 04-Dec-2016

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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