Steel Panther’s platinum piracy
Steel Panther believe they could be in line for the first-ever platinum album for illegal downloads of second record Balls Out.
The joke-rockers’ frontman Michael Starr made the bizarre claim ahead of a Download Festival main stage set during which Corey Taylor made a guest appearance.
The singer told Download FM: “The album’s gone triple-platinum in Vienna – we’ve sold, like, three thousand copies.
“We have a new tallying system for illegal downloads and I think we’re going to be the first band to get the platinum award.
“The system works pretty simple. I’ll ask from the stage, ‘How many people got our new record?’ and the majority will raise their hand. Then I’ll ask, ‘How many people illegally downloaded it?’
“The percentage is astronomical – it’s like 80 percent.”
Starr said that over the course of their current festival tour the total has reached impressive heights. “Of a crowd of 50,000, and 80 percent raise their hand, that’s like… three thousand people…”
Meanwhile, asked if the Donington mud is dirty enough for him. drummer Stix replied: “Not yet – because we haven’t played.”
Since it’s Download’s tenth anniversary the band were asked what they were doing ten years previously. Stix answered: “What year was it ten years ago?” while bassist Lexxi said: “I was still up, because, like, I had an eleven-hour drinking session.”
Steel Panther’s afternoon appearance on the Jim Marshall Stage saw Slipknot and Stone Sour man Taylor guesting on hit track Death To All But Metal.