Steel Panther @ Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway 21/3 – 15

So… we woke up around 9 in the morning and we were both like “WAIT. WHAT TIME IS IT” and realized we had slept ALL FUCKING NIGHT SINCE 21 LAST NIGHT. Jesus Christ, were we wiped out or not? So what did we do… well, we stayed in bed pretty much all day. We did some lazy efforts to pack, but it didn’t work out too well.

Around 16 or so we finally started dragging ourselves out of bed and getting ready for the show. Halfheartedly, and also by making a bigger and bigger mess. How big of a mess can two girls makes? Apparently a lot.

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Love my frillskirt. Seriously, it’s the best. Anyway, we headed down to the venue, and by walking only for about 300-400 metres, we managed to be catcalled like three times. I mean, yeah, I figured it’d happen, but that was just RIDICULOUS.

We thought we’d get lost looking for the venue, gladly, we weren’t! We found it sooner than we ever thought we would, and that makes me beyond happy.

So, we entered the venue (and got ripped on our ticket, like seriously Norway, what is your obsession with ripping tickets?!) and then we first hit the merchstand… And didn’t find anything, so we went inside the venue instead. And this is something very interesting. This same thing happened last time I saw Steel Panther as well, also at Sentrum Scene, and that is the fact that no matter if you come before the doors open, right when the doors open, or as in this case, like half an hour after the doors open, you WILL end up pretty close to stage. Not front row (damn you early entrance) but second row is just as good, at least for Steel Panther.

The warm up for this show, or tour perhaps, is the trio The Lounge Kittens. I wasn’t aware of them from before, but basically, what it is, is a group of three stunning ladies that makes their own takes on some of the more famous metal tunes, but in a lounge/show kind of music. The Lounge Kittens, get it?

I loved it. I FUCKING LOVED IT. I’m not sure anymore which was the better act this night – The Kittens or the Panthers, but seriously, I LOVED THIS. The concept, the songs EVERYTHING about it. And I might have a little crush on the keyboard player. She’s amazing.

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After they were done with their WAY too short set, they left the stage and the wait for Steel Panther began. And you know… I understand that it’s fun to be front row. Even I love it. But if you come late, then you come late. There’s no point to bitch about it, there’s no point to fight about it.

And I don’t understand what it is about Steel Panther that makes girls tell the guys up in the front that they’d do “anything” to get their spots in the front row.

Sure, this may not be SP exclusive, but I have only seen this happen at Steel Panther. Like, girls are literally so fucking desperate to be front row, and I don’t even understand WHY. Jesus fucking Christ, it’s… WEIRD.

Anyway, before we knew it, the lights went out and they opened the show first slowly, and then strongly with “Pussywhipped”.

The arena… didn’t really explode. I had hoped it would, but it didn’t, at least not as far as I could see. Which is very sad. Bands deserve that you give this to them, and it especially sucks if you’re front row and just stand there like a hypnotized I don’t know. And of course, the girl I spoke of above, is one of these. God.

Depsite this, they continued on with “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World” and the ever so loved “Fat Girl”. I’m always gonna have highly cherised memories with that song, because of Copenhagen 2012 (it’s really been three years, it’s hard to believe) but aside that, it’s just an amazing song on top of that.  Gladly, the crowd awoke a bit.

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After “Fat Girl” it was time for the ever so appriciated “Tomorrow Night” followed by “The Shocker”. And what happens now?

Well, Lexxi’s hairsolo.

Previously, Lexxi’s hairsolo has contained of him posing in the middle of the stage with Michael and Satchel standing on the side blowing his hair upwards. But this time around, they elevated it a bit and brought out LEAFBLOWERS! I promise you , this made the hair solo even better, the hair was really FLOWING. Ahh the lucious hair. (Yes I know, you do not need to tell me people)

After hairsolo it was time to bring some girls on stage, and this is where the jokes is on the girl I’ve spoken about. Directly when they started taking girls on stage, she jumped over the fence, but the guards told her to get back because they will come and pick her up. So she jumped back and waited. And waited. And they never came. JOKES ON YOU, KARMA’S A BITCH AND EVERYTHING. And no, I wasn’t on stage, because I don’t want to be on stage. Trust me, Michael has tried a couple of times, but I’ve declined every time. Could be fun and games, but what, am I supposed to give up my spot for that? HELL NO.

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But, sine they were bringing up chick, I guess we all know what it was time for. Yup, that’s right. “17 Girls”. The only thing that is a bit shame is that the girls they pick up on stage, most of them (not all) just stand there. Like, COME ON! Do something! The band however, was as good as always.

The big hit “Gloryhole” was next on the list, and NOW, NOW the audience starts to react. Like, seriously? Only this? And “Glory hole”? Really? Am I the only one in this world who actually DOES NOT care so much for this song? Anyway, I’m glad they awoke, finally.

“If I was The King” was next on the list before it was time for Satchel to show off some of his skills, which he excelled at. He’s amazing, really. Eller ja. They all are. The rest of the band returned and they continued on with “Ten Strikes You’re Out” before calming down the set a bit. First off, “Kanye” and then…

They brought out a piano which Stix sat down by and started ripping off some songs. It all was kinda in one go – almost like a medley. The songs played were “Weenie Ride”, “Stripper Girl”, “Why Can’t You Trust Me” and last but not least, “Girl From Oklahoma”. For the last mentioned, they brought out the kittens on stage to sing with them! Thanks for that!

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They got rid of the piano and got back into the energetic set with “Asian Hookers” to the audience cheers, followed by one of my personal favorites, “Eyes of the Panther”. They wrapped up the whole set with “Death to all but Metal” before they left the stage.

At this point, the girl who had been bothering us (and the guys we befriended) all night pushed us and was like “CHEER FOR THEM”. Jesus Christ lady, LEAVE US ALONE. WE ARE CHEERING. Seriously, why are people in the Nordic so fucking bothersome at concerts? Why do they feel the need to PUSH, to bother, to be so mean? I miss southern Europe (southern of Sweden). You people were amazing. And people ask me why I travel away so far for concerts…

Anyway. They did return, and they started off with “Community Property”. Just as last time I was here, it was just as magical as then. The whole crowd basically singing the song for Steel Panther, the Oslo feeling as I refer to it as. This one never fails me.

The last song for the night was my all time favorite, “Party All Day”, and despite the disappointment of lack of commitment from the audience, I loved every second of it. The band thanked for the night and left the stage for good.

We headed out of the arena and went to McDonalds for late night snack with our newfound friends before it was time for us to go split ways and get back to the hotelroom to try to pack. TRY. I can’t really pack unless it’s last minute, so I failed. Got to bed too late, but shit happens.

Thank you Steel Panther, and most of all, The Lounge Kittens for an amazing show! Can’t wait to see you soon again.

// Sara

 

 

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