Lets get an embarrassing fact out of the way in the beginning: I hadn’t heard of Steel Panther until fairly recently when a friend mentioned them, I saw that they were’ playing at Jannus Landing here in St Petersburg, FL… and I feel like I’ve lived an incomplete life until now. From start to finish, the show was an explosive and unforgettable experience!
Tragedy opened up the show. I had looked these guys up before the show so I was loosely familiar with what they’d play but I hadn’t actually listen to them. Hot damn! They’re right up my alley. Everything they played was fun, energetic and completely ridiculous! Their cover of The Weather Girls “Its Raining Men” opening up with Slayer’s “Raining Blood” caught me completely off-guard. And while I expected their cover of The Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” to be fun, I had no idea how much they’d absolutely kill it!
Crobot followed them with a highly energetic set. Brandon Yeagley’s vocals and absolutely massive stage presence immediately drew me in. Their sound is kinda like Wolfmother meets Queens of the Stone Age but hard leaning on the Rock side of the sounds.
Ok, Steel Panther… I don’t even know where to start. As soon as the lights dimmed and the crowd could make out the dim outlines of the band taking the stage, the crowd erupted into cheers and screams. Steel Panther wasted no time getting right into the music, launching into their signature brand of raunchy, high-energy rock and roll that had the audience bouncing and headbanging along.
The band’s musicianship was top-notch, with tight rhythms, blistering guitar solos, and soaring vocals that showcased the full range of their talents. But the main highlight was the consistent humor. Both in the song’s lyrics, and the band’s banter between songs. The comments they were throwing out about the inflatable sex dolls they had bouncing around the audience had me almost in tears.
They played a bunch of their most popular songs that I expected to hear, like “All I Wanna do Is F**k”, and “Death to All but Metal”. But the most memorable song was when they pull up someone named “Mikey” from the crowd come on stage to play drums during their cover of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher”. I mean, thats an absolutely perfect song for these guys to cover. And whomever “Mikey” was, he killed it!
This show exemplified why Steel Panther is renowned for being one of the most entertaining acts in rock. I can’t wait to see them again!
Dropkick Murphys @ Jannus Live, St Pete, FL 04 March 2023
Its been over 10 years since I’ve seen Dropkick Murphys, and they were just as dynamic and fun as I remember them being!
Jessie Ahern opened the show. While I wasn’t familiar with his music, I was immediately grooving to his songs. He’s a one-man-show and he really brings the stage presence. I grabbed one of his CDs after his set so that I can get more familiar with his stuff. I definitely want to catch him next time he comes around!
The Rumjacks was another great surprise! Man, I’m kicking myself for not looking these guys up before this show, because, damn… They had a ton of energy and some fantastic tunes. They dialed the energy up consistently throughout their set. And honestly, I’d never think that a band with a front-man who plays the tin whistle could rock the house as much as they did. I know… judgy-mcJudgerson over here. These guys rock, and I’m glad that I got to see them!
The thing that I recall most about the Dropkick Murphys last show (that I saw in like ’09.. yeah, I’m old, whatevs) was how much they engaged the audience. That hasn’t changed at all! They came out onto the stage dialed up to 11. Everyone in the front row, and as far back as I could see was singing along. Several times Al Barr came out onto the stage extension and encouraged a few lucky people in the front to sing along on the mic.
This whole show was a ton of fun and an amazing amount of raw energy. 12 albums in and Dropkick Murphys are still bringing it! I’m excited that I got to see them again and can’t wait of for the next time!
Last night I went out to hang to Crum’s Bar to hang out with AutopsyIV of NineBullets.net fame and see Fifth on the Floor play. Some great sounds from the band and Matty Rodgers (guitars, mandolin, harmonica, vocals) was killing it with some really unexpected chops on the guitar. They’re playing again tonight. If you’ve not been to Crum’s Bar (65 craft beers on tap) and are looking for something to do, go check it out. In the meantime, check out some photos…
I happened to be in St Petersburg for a couple of concerts that I wanted to see, Have Gun Will Travel and also Vascular Symphony. They were completely different shows at completely different venues. Have Gun was playing at The Local 662, a venue specifically set up for small to medium-sized concerts; where as, the Emerald, where VS played, is a pretty cool dive bar that doubles as a venue for smaller local acts. Both fun places to see shows, it was just interesting to see two shows in one night at two disparately themed venues. Ok, enough running my mouth, I’ll leave that for the local music bloggers to cover.
I don’t know why, but I haven’t been finding the time amidst my traveling and photography-ing to actually make a post of any sort here. That being said, I’m going to put some effort back into this site so… here are a few shots from the NineBullets concert back in May for AutopsyIV’s birthday party/concert. It was an amazing (and amazingly loud) show, great music, as always great people, & a great crowd.