Heavy metal’s resident jester Satchel stopped by Loudwire for an episode of Gear Factor, in which the Steel Panther axeman ran through a couple of his favorite rock ‘n’ roll riffs on his Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK in Yellow Bengal.
“I do remember certain riffs inspiring me a lot,” said Satchel. “The first time I ever heard ‘Smoke On The Water,’ I was a kid! My cousins put on a vinyl, a lot of people have never seen vinyl this day and age. He put a piece of vinyl on a goddamned record player and put that needle down, and turned that m—– f—— thing up to 10! And I heard this.”
Satchel then delivered Deep Purple’s iconic riff before diving into Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” “The Last In Line” by Dio and then his own catchy Steel Panther lines.
“The first riff I ever wrote for Steel Panther, I know you’re not going to believe me when I tell you this, it was ‘Death To All But Metal,’” said Satchel. “That was the first one, and today it’s still one of the most premier, bitchin’ songs.”
As for his favorite riffs and solos on Steel Panther’s latest album, Heavy Metal Rules, he had this to say:
“I like all the solos on our new record because I paid George Lynch a lot of money to do them,” he quipped.
Watch Satchel in the full Gear Factor episode below, and catch Steel Panther on tour in support of their album Heavy Metal Rules here.