Steel Panther have somewhat resurrected glam metal as they aren’t afraid to dish out humorous lyrics surrounding subjects of sex, wild parties, and heavy metal. The group tend to invite their fans onstage to dance, strip, and enjoy the vulgar display of adult amusement. With that being said, they aren’t the best role models and their act isn’t made for everyone. However, they aren’t going to change, whether you want them to or not. Drummer Stix Zadina was recently interviewed by The Classic Metal Show, and during the conversation he was asked if the #MeToo movement has made things more difficult for the band to continue with their boisterous uncensored behavior.
“I remember being at festivals a couple of years ago and we started getting questions about #MeToo. And they’re, like, ‘Are you guys concerned about it?’ and we’re, like, ‘No.’ We do what we do, and we fucking rock, and we sing about pussy and we sing about partying and we sing about heavy metal. And we sing about the shit that we do every fucking day. And there’s no way that this band, that any one of us four, would ever consider going, ‘You know what, guys? Maybe we should tone it down so we don’t bum anybody out.’ It’s the whole reason we fucking started playing music, man. There’s a freedom about being in Steel Panther that we can say what we want, how we want. And the way that you feel about it as a listener, that’s exactly what we’re going for. We want people to fucking feel like they can just let their fucking hair down with Steel Panther. That was very intentional. We’re, like, ‘We’re not fucking changing for nobody.'”
“Look, I get it. If you don’t like something, that’s totally fucking cool. If you don’t love Steel Panther, or you hate us, it doesn’t matter and everyone’s entitled to however the fuck they feel. But the problem was, when people start going, ‘I don’t like that, so I’m gonna try to make sure nobody else has access to it,’ that’s where we fucking stood our ground; we said, ‘Fuck that!’ And that’s what we were kind of railing against. That somebody was offended, I get it — that’s cool. Not everything is for everyone. But you can’t fucking police the world. When it comes to America and free speech and calling something a ‘pussy melter’ when you have fucking porn out there, people fucking on the tube sites — which, don’t get me wrong; I fucking love it — but if you’re offended by that, then just don’t fucking watch it. But you can’t try to shut it down so other people can’t enjoy it. We were, like, ‘Fuck you! You’re not the boss of us.’ … We can all agree on some certain shit that’s not acceptable, and there is some shit that crosses the line. But ‘Pussy Melter’ is not one of them.”
Listen to the full discussion below:
Steel Panther’s behavior became more controversial last year when the band released the “Pussy Melter,” a distortion guitar pedal, which many criticized them for their misogynistic marketing. The group responded to the controversy by releasing a follow-up pedal with “Poontang Boomerang.” Steel Panther’s new album Heavy Metal Rules will be released on September 27th and you can pre-order the record here. Next month, these comedic metallers will embark on a Fall US tour, and you can find all scheduled tour dates at this location.