It’s official. The news we all have been itching to hear. After years of searching, Steel Panther have announced their new full-time bassist is their long-time friend Spyder.
The news comes overnight straight from the Steel Panther‘s socials, where they revealed:
“THE WAIT IS OVER!!! STEEL PANTHER CROWN EIGHT FINGERED (AND DOUBLE THUMBED) FREAKAZOID SPYDER AS THEIR NEW FULL-TIME BASSIST. Just as England recently announced a new King, California rock legends Steel Panther have crowned Spyder as the new R.O.L.E…Ruler Of Low End.”
They go on with an origin story-esque announcement:
The story of Spyder and Steel Panther is like one pulled from any great American love story. If you have seen The Notebook or Jaws, then you know exactly what we mean. Spyder and the guys have known each other for decades. But it was in 2018 that Spyder did his first live show with the band. Little did they know that those shows would be a foreshadowing of what destiny had in store for their collective futures. In 2021, the band found themselves in a pickle, they needed a bass player. An exhaustive search brought many submissions and fans were treated to a variety of bassists on different tours. The band had even considered a few well-known bassists to fill the void. Throughout the five-week European tour in summer of 2022, it became quite evident to all four guys that this lineup was unstoppable. A few more months of touring together perfected the new lineup and now anyone that has seen the band recently knows that Spyder is the perfect addition for Steel Panther. In other words, Spyder is the chocolate to Steel Panther’s peanut butter.
“We wanted it to be you. We wanted it to be you so badly. So, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but we want to do that because we want you. We want all of you, forever, you and us, every day. To us, you are perfect. You had us at hello. You complete us. We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” explains Steel Panther.
The search has been a long one for Steel Panther, after founding bassist Lexxi Foxx called it quits back in July 2021. The lads put out an open call for auditions to find a replacement soon after. Several bassists have been considered over the last year or so but today the news couldn’t have come at a better time.
While we at Wall of Sound absolutely loved Lexxi, we can’t wait to see Spyder in action when they come down in October.
Words by Duane James @duanejames666
Steel Panther Aussie/NZ Tour
17 October @ Auckland, New Zealand @ The Powerstation *
19 October @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre
21 October @ Horden Pavilion, Syd
22 October @ Eatons Hill, Bris
23 October @ Margaret Court Arena, Melb
* Steel Panther Only/No Airborne