Steel Panther rocks the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco with help from Hillbilly Herald.

While it may seem that Steel Panther have a laugh at heavy metal and not with it, they do it in such a way that one can not help but laugh along with them, and ultimately become a fan by the end of their show. Playing to a packed Regency Ballroom on a holiday weekend, the band disappointed none of their legions of fans, many of whom came in costumes and resembled the love baby of Axl Rose and Steven Tyler. With songs such as “Eyes of a Panther,” “The Shocker,” and “Party Like Tomorrow is The End of the World,” their subtle yet obvious tongue in cheek jabs at the 80s hair metal scene did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Although it may seem that Steel Panther are nothing more than fifth-grade humor, bandanas, and hair spray, the band are seriously talented musicians who have the licks and chops to pull off what they do so well. They have a unique way of pushing the envelope to the maximum but bring it all back in with their music.

Support for Steel Panther came from Hillbilly Herald, who were the perfect band to get the crowd pumped up for the headliners.

National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was in the photo pit to capture the highlights.

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About The Author

Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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