RENO — Steel Panther will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Knitting Factory Concert House in Reno.
Satirically pretending to be a hair metal band that missed its big break in the ‘80s, singer Ralph Saenz (“Michael Starr”), drummer Darren Leader (“Stix Zadinia”), bassist Travis Haley (“Lexxi Foxxx”) and guitarist Russ Parrish (“Satchel”) hit the club circuit on the Sunset Strip under the name Metal Shop (later changed to Metal Skool, and then Steel Panther). With big spiky wigs, leather jackets, zebra-striped spandex, chops earned from playing in a Van Halen tribute band and lots and lots of machismo, their comic take on sex, drugs and rock and roll to the extreme caught on quickly, leading to sold-out shows and some unexpected brushes with mainstream success.
Tickets range from $10 to $40. The Knitting Factory Concert House is located at 211 N. Virginia St. in Reno. For tickets and more information, visit www.kittingfactory.com.