British Invasion [Blu-ray]
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Steel Panther is the hottest band out of Hollywood since Motley Crüe, Guns N' Roses and Poison ruled the Sunset Strip. Arriving in 2009 with debut album Feel The Steel - hailed by Kerrang! magazine as "close to perfect" - Steel Panther has won a legion of fans across the world. Filmed in 2010 in London, "The British Invasion" will finally see a release this year, after almost 2 years of anticipation. The release features the full set of hilarious tongue in cheek songs filmed at Brixton Academy in 2010. Steel Panther get a lot of stick, but they are what they are, an '80s metal/hard rock "tribute band" (formerly known as Metal Skool). Debut album "Death to all but Metal" did extremely well, and now the band are riding high off followup "Balls Out". 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 band members, discussions of drugs, sex, and improvised humor with the crowd. Track listing 1. Eyes Of A Panther 2. Eatin' Ain't Cheatin' 3. Fat Girl 4. Hair Solo 5. Party All Day 6. Hell's On Fire 7. Stripper Girl 8. Asian Hooker 9. Turn Out The Lights 10. Girl From Oklahoma 11. We Want Pussy 12. Community Property 13. The Shocker 14. Death To All But Metal 15. 30 Minute Documentary 16. Deleted Scenes
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The whole band are extremely talented, Micheal Starr has one of the best voices in hard rock period, he nails the high notes live, more than can be said for a lot of his "serious" peers. He never sounds wimpy and his David Lee Roth squeals are hilarious in a good way. The rhythm section is extremely solid, Lexxi Foxx portrays the ultimate poseur perfectly and Stix as the "party animal" drummer stereotype is priceless.
The Brixton show is amazing and I really hope "Hell's on Fire" will be on the next CD, that is a great song, joke or not. In fact all of the songs are so well written it makes the joke that much better and far more enjoyable for me than the original bands they are mocking. I really enjoy the "heavier" songs like "Eyes of a Panther", "Death to all but Metal" & "Supersonic Sex Machine", they remind me of how good Dokken would have been if they had a singer with some balls. The Download footage is amazing as well, both shows are well shot and the sound is great. The documentary is the icing on the cake and far funnier than even Spinal Tap, in my opinion. I have to wonder if these guys took comedy improv classes because they are just as talented in the comedy department as they are musically.
I should also mention that I am a "Fundi-Metal-ist", meaning I'm a purist (Metal has been my "religion" since 1983) and I instinctively hate "hair bands", I do NOT consider them "Metal" at all. I grew up in the 80s listening to the same bands I do today like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Celtic Frost, Slayer, Possessed, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Dio, etc. I couldn't stand the hair bands then and I still feel the same today. But I get the joke that Steel Panther is and the great musicianship combined with great comedic chops is really appreciated. If they won over a bitter old Metal Head like me they must be doing something right. I'll be seeing them on tour, already got my ticket. The Blu-Ray is a great package and worth every penny, highly recommended, even if you hate hair bands. \m/
The first disc is the heart and soul of what this collection is all about. The full length Brixton Academy show is the best live show that I've never seen (YET!)... I am so pumped from viewing this concert performance that I am actually planning a 2012 trip to Vegas with the fellas just to go get a live taste of the Panther action! I have introduced all my friends to Steel Panther since my initial introduction back in 2008 and this DVD set is the absolute pinnacle in enjoying the full monty that Steel Panther offers, beyond going to see them live, I'm sure.
The second disc is a great compliment with a mini show of sorts, taking choice excerpts from the 2011 Donnington show. It is just as killer and displays the consistency of a great live act that will blow your mind and keep you laughin' just as hard. A nice addition to the Brixton show... Also included is a lengthy documentary of their antics that will keep you rollin' for a damn near hour long. Be sure and check out the deleted scenes as well.
Just as previous reviews have noted, be sure that the wife and kiddies are far from earshot, as they will only spoil the mood, let alone bring the time of your life to a sudden screeching halt.
I have only one minor negative note concerning this set (otherwise I could be accused of simply wanting to get in the Panther groupie herd). I was hoping for a music video (If You Really, Really Love Me) or maybe the entire short video catalog of theirs to be included. Oh well, I guess you can't have it all in one?! Hell, maybe there's more to come from the Panther on DVD from here. I'll surely be in line to pickup my copy! A+ rating here friends!! ENJOY...