Okay, this one was not on me. My wife is a big Steel Panther fan. So big, that earlier this year we traveled to San Antonio for the sole purpose of going to a Steel Panther concert. Little did we know that several months later, the band would be playing much closer to home. They recently began a tour in support of Stone Sour and played the first night of the tour in Omaha. And so, we went and saw Steel Panther for the second time this year. I am not a huge fan of either band, and this was definitely not the kind of concert I would have liked to have seen, but my wife wanted to go, and she does go to a lot of concerts she would prefer not to attend.
The crowd was about what I expected. Some genuine metal heads, a lot of people just there to have a good time, frat guys, poseur metal heads. The funniest thing I saw was one individual dressed all in black, with long hair dyed black, wearing a black hoodie, with the hood pulled over his face, trying to look scary and badass. News flash: you are not scary and badass when you look like that at a fucking Stone Sour concert. You just look like a fucking idiot.
Opening things up was an erotic performance art dance group called Cherry Bombs. This proved to be a very popular opening act. The girls danced, and performed various stunts. Honestly, I could not see part of their show due to where we were in the venue. This part I assume had something to do with pole dancing. The women were scantily clad and very attractive. As I said, this was quite a popular performance, though maybe not with most of the women in the audience. The music played was mostly late 90's gothic/hard rock. The weird thing was that the performance at one point simply ended, though the music kept playing. There must have been some miscommunication somewhere.
Steel Panther was next on the stage. They played a shorter set than they did the previous time we saw them, but that was due to the fact that they were not the headliner at this show. Nevertheless, they did play a number of their live staples, particularly those that required audience participation, such as "Girl from Oklahoma" and "17 Girls in a Row". Of course the banter between the members was present, Satchel making old man jokes about Michael Starr, Lexxi generally being derided for being a little dim, and the typical sex jokes. Steel Panther do put on a fantastic live performance and really should be seen.
Next, the headliners arrived. Back in my nu-metal phase, I will admit I liked Stone Sour a little bit. I have not paid attention to the band in years though and honestly did not know they were even still going. Their stuff really did not do much for me last night. There were a few songs I recognized, such as "Get Inside" and "Through Glass", but the majority of the songs were new to me. My wife and I left before they did their encore performance. They were not bad, they just were not all that impressive.
As I said, this concert was not for me. However, Steel Panther does put on an electric show and really should be seen. Stone Sour on the other hand...meh.