Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
What a killer combo this show was. Phil X is a guitar genius and there usually isn’t a better way to spend a Monday night than with Steel Panther in Hollywood.
I finally caught Phil last month at The Whisky and his show was incredible- I bought some of his music on iTunes and have been rocking out to it since. Phil is a virtual encyclopedia of guitar playing. He also plays stuff you won’t hear anywhere else… I was equally as excited to see both bands and had a lot of fun rocking out.
I got there early and was pretty close to the stage. I enjoyed the first band- Hey You- they were having fun and it was a good time.
Phil X and The Drills took the stage shortly thereafter. They nailed it, or drilled it or however you’d say they rocked really f’ing hard. What a great band.
His version of “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix is the coolest. All the guitar parts he quotes during the song are great.
He throws a lot of other tunes into parts of “Sunny Days” as well. It’s humorous, yet impressive at the same time.
He played “I Wish My Beer Was As Cold As Your Heart”- a funny tune that really shreds.
He did the most intense Led Zeppelin Medley imaginable and used his iPhone to do part of “Whole Lotta Love”.
Phil just tore through the entire set with some unapologetically great guitar playing.
Phil is the man. Great drumming from Kevin Kapler and excellent bass playing by Daniel Spree make them a formidable power trio. Two songs definitely worth checking out are “Air Hockey Champion of the World” and “Helicopter”.
I’ve seen Steel Panther way more than 20 times. I’m pretty sure this was the best performance I have ever witnessed from them. Even Satchel said something to the effect that if this was a person’s first Steel Panther concert, then they shouldn’t come back- because they are at the top of their game. He said it jokingly, but I can’t help but feel there’s a lot of validity to that statement. Between drummer extraordinaire Kenny Aronoff (from Chickenfoot, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, HSAS- if you remember them and a bunch of other projects) getting up and playing drums with them on “You Really Got Me”, plus a cool intro and Steel Panther’s incredible version of “Running With The Devil”, and the Panther playing so well (even better than normal), this was just perfect.
At the end of the show, Taime Downe from Faster Pussycat was doing a DJ set up in the Foundation Room. He’s always a cool guy when I run into him. I also saw Phil X up there and introduced myself. What a nice guy. More people should be cool like this guy- Phil completely rocks.