Steel Panther Announces New Permanent Bassist
Steel Panther have announced who will replace bassist Lexxi Foxx, who left the band in July 2021. They are declaring today (Sept. 20) that the new “ROLE.. Ruler Of Low End” for glam metal icons is… Spyder.
We’ll explain, after Steel Panther’s explanation. In a press release, the band recounts this thread about their new bassist:
“The story of Spy and steel panther is like taken from any great american love
story. If you saw Notebook Where Jawsthen you know exactly what we mean.
Spy and the guys have known each other for decades. But it was in 2018 that Spy did his first gig with the band. Little did they know these shows would be a foreshadowing of what fate had in store for their collective future. In 2021, the group got into trouble, they needed a bass player. Extensive research yielded many submissions and fans were treated to a variety of bass players on different tours. The group had even considered a few well-known bassists to fill the void. Throughout the five weeks European tour in the summer of 2022, it became clear to the four guys that this formation was unstoppable. A few months of touring together perfected the new lineup and now anyone who has seen the group recently knows that Spy is the perfect complement for Steel Panther. In other words, Spy is the chocolate to steel pantherit’s peanut butter.”
“We wanted it to be you. We so wanted it to be you. So it’s not going to be easy. This is going to be really hard. We’ll have to work on it every day, but we want to do it because we want you. We all want you, forever, you and us, everyday. For us you are perfect. You had us at hello. You complete us. We’re going to need a bigger boat.
Spyder, Steel Panther’s new bassist
Movie quotes and candy puns aside, yes, Spyder has played with the band before. 2018 was Spyder’s first time on stage with Steel Panther, replacing Foxx who was recovering from “sex rehab”. But the band have known Spyder, real name Joe Lester, for quite a while. Not only was Lester Steel Panther’s tour manager (maybe he still is?), but he also played in the Van Halen tribute band, The Atomic Punks, with Michael Starr (Steel Panther lead vocals) and Satchel (Steel Panther guitarist). According to Lester’s Instagram, he is also an accomplished event photographer. You can see a ton of his photos here, many of which revolve around Steel Panther.
Steel Panther also announces a new holiday tour. After Panther wraps up their “Res-Erections” tour dates in Canada, they will kick off an 8-city tour in November, “A Claus & Paws Holiday Party.” See dates below and click this link for tickets.
Steel Panther “A Claus & Paws Holiday Party” Tour Dates
November 26 – Sault St. Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino
November 27 – Grand Rapids, Michigan @ 20 Monroe Live
November 29 – Warren, Ohio @ Packard Music Hall
November 30 – ft. Wayne, Indiana @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
December 2 – Waterloo, NY @ Del Lago Casino*
December 3 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
December 4 – New Haven, CT. @ Toad Square
December 29 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
December 30 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
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