Steel Panther is a glam metal band from Los Angeles, California and are mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated on-stage personas. Formed in 2000, the band was formerly known as Danger Kitty, Metal Shop and Metal Skool. Their lineup consists of vocalist Ralph Saenz (“Michael Starr”), drummer Darren Leader (“Stix Zadinia”), bassist Travis Haley (“Lexxi Foxxx”), and guitarist Russ Parrish (“Satchel”).
The quartet began to gain popularity in the Sunset Strip at the beginning of 2000 under the name Metal Shop. The band did weekly shows on Monday nights at the Viper Room, playing covers of 1980s hair metal hits while parodying the bands that made the songs famous. Despite presenting themselves under different stage names, two members of the band were already in other heavy metal acts. Frontman Michael Starr, using his name Ralph Saenz, had been in glam metal band L.A. Guns between 1997 and 1998, publishing the EP “Wasted.” Guitarist Satchel was part of War & Peace, founded by ex Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and the band Fight, founded by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.
The band, under the name Danger Kitty, published in 2002 the promotional single “"Love Rocket.” In 2003 Metal Skool published “Hole Patrol,” their self-produced debut album.
In April 2008 the band decided to change their name from Metal Skool to Steel Panther, making a new debut at The Rockin' Saddle Club in Redlands, California. In May 2008, the band signed a contract with Republic Records (owned by record label Universal Records) announcing plans for a new studio album. The first single, an updated version of “Death to All but Metal,” first appeared in January 2009, whereas the album, entitled “Feel the Steel” and produced by Jay Ruston, was published in June that the same year.
Their second full-length album, “Balls Out,” was released in October 2011. Guest appearances on the album were made by Dane Cook on “In the Future” and by Chad Kroeger and Nuno Bettencourt on “It Won't Suck Itself.”