By: Dee Miyamura
Media Critic and Reviewer

May/June 2010

The House of Blues on Sunset in Hollywood, California, during the month of May was playing host to Monday Nights with Steel Panthers! Steel Panthers, formerly known as Metal Skool, is a mega-big-Heavy-Metal-cover-band with a large and rabid following, performing songs by Van Halen, Guns n Roses, and Ozzy Osborne, to name a few. They are over-the-top, theatrical, and often crude.

MONDAY, May 17, 2010…

One this night, one of Steel Panther’s opening bands is Warner Drive. WD is a hard-rocking, often-touring group lead by Jonny Law on lead vocals. Jonny is very tall, and even taller with his Mohawk, belts out the set with energy and enthusiasm.

Lead guitarist Albert Winkler, rhythm guitarist Candice Levinson, and bass player Elvis James jump into song after song with practiced ease. Candice went from being the “new kid” and “only girl in the band” to an important player, and holds her own.

Jonny, Albert, Elvis, and Candice, make full use of the tiny area of the HOB stage left to them due to the drum raiser being the exclusive property of Steel Panthers. Squeezed into this tight space is drummer Jonny Udell. Jonny U lets loose and occasionally knocking pieces of his kit over which is caught quickly by Sonny Remlinger. Sonny is a friend of the band, and lead singer and bass player for Super Black Market.

Warner Drive’s set was very short, however; the band put in an A-game effort!

MONDAY, May 31, 2010…

The last Monday of the month, and Memorial Day, finds the crowd slightly smaller than usual. However; this doesn’t stop one of this night’s opening bands, Silent Treatment. Like their friends in WD, Silent Treatment is often-touring and hard-rocking, and willing and able to put on a show.

Dave Rosales, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, jumps head-first into their set. Dave frequently finds himself caught in the cords of both Jerry Wu and Steve Abel. He is charismatic with the crowd!

Jerry Wu is on lead guitar. Wu is one with his guitar, pulling from it the quick and engaging cords. The bass player is Steve Abel keeps that bass thumping. The man hitting the skins is Rico Esparza, and enjoys it! Like all the opening acts, ST is squeezed into a small space, a shorter set, but this doesn’t stop them from totally rocking!

Tonight, they debut a new song, “Wicked”, and it is wicked good!

Thank you, Warner Drive & Silent Treatment!


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