March 12, 2021 – Heavy Metal jokesters Steel Panther started out as a Van Halen cover band – The Atomic Punks. With the pedigree they’ve earned over the years, what band would be a better fit to remake two classic Van Halen songs? You can decide for yourself and watch as Steel Panther covers Van Halen.
As a tribute to the band and the loss of guitarist Eddie Van Halen last fall, the band has covered the songs “Beautiful Girls” and “D.O.A.” A press release by the band at the time of the songs debuts stated:
“As the world continues to mourn the loss of guitar icon Eddie Van Halen, Steel Panther has decided to pay tribute to the legend the best way they know how – by going back to their cover band beginnings. The band has recorded their interpretation of the seminal tunes “Beautiful Girls” and “D.O.A.” from the classic album Van Halen II. The songs have been some of Steel Panther’s favorites to play live and that became the inspiration to actually record them after all these years. The tracks are available via all streaming and digital platforms and the band filmed quarantine style music videos for each track.
“When we were playing weekly shows on the Sunset Strip, Van Halen music was essential to our set lists to keep the place rocking. The music of that band is what helped shape who Steel Panther is today. The loss of Eddie Van Halen has affected each of us in the band and these covers are our tribute to him to say thank you for the joy Van Halen music has given us,” explains Steel Panther.
In addition, they are one of the first bands to announce a series of tour dates for 2021. You can check them out here.
You can watch the videos for “Beautiful Girls” and “D.O.A.” below:
Fine renditions, if I do say so myself, as I am generally unimpressed with covers of other band’s songs.