Steel Panther keeps the hair metal torch lit with both their rock anthems and theatrics for eager fans in San Francisco.

While Steel Panther may laugh at heavy metal and with it, they do it in such a way that one can not help but to laugh along with them, and ultimately become a fan by the end of their show. Playing to a packed house, the band did not disappoint 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 “Pussywhipped,” “The Shocker,” and “17 Girls In A Row,” their subtle yet obvious tongue in cheek jabs the 80s hair metal scene did not go unappreciated.

Support for Steel Panther came from Motor Sister, the Mother Superior version 2.0, comprised of Mother Superior frontman Jim Wilson, Scott Ian of Anthrax and his wife Pearl, and Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera. The band were the perfect choice to start the festivities, and got the crowd going with their guitar driven sound take of classic Mother Superior songs.

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

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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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