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Steel Panther announce new full-time bassist

Joe "Spyder" Lester performs onstage with Steel Panther at Hellfest Open Air on June 18, 2022 in Clisson, France
(Image credit: Aldara Zarraoa/Getty Images)

Last July, Steel Panther announced that their longtime bass guitar player, Lexxi Foxx, had left the band.

Following the announcement, the band held open auditions for a replacement, and even subsequently created a 'March Madness'-style bracket through which fans participated in the selection process.

Last fall, reports began to circulate that one Rikki Dazzle had landed the job, after the bassist performed a number of shows with the group. Frontman Michael Starr soon, however, clarified that Dazzle had only been hired as a touring member, and not as Foxx's permanent replacement.

Now though, the band's long search has seemingly come to an end with their crowning of "Spyder" as their new permanent bassist.

(from left) Stix Zadinia, Spyder, Michael Starr and Satchel of Steel Panther

(from left) Stix Zadinia, Spyder, Michael Starr and Satchel of Steel Panther (Image credit: David Jackson)

In a typically humorous statement, the band said of hiring Spyder in a press release: “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.”

Spyder first filled in (opens in new tab) for Foxx back in 2018, and served as the group's bassist during their recent European tour.

After his departure from Steel Panther, Foxx, meanwhile, formed a new band called Hollywood Gods N' Monsters. Featuring Foxx, Diggity Dave (known for his appearances in MTV's Pimp My Ride and Battleground Earth), rapper HYPE, vocalist Kris “7even” Aragon, guitarist Brian Jennings and drummer Danny Parker, the band call themselves (opens in new tab) "the biggest smash-up band in the world," and made their live debut last December.

For tickets and more info on Steel Panther's 2022 tour dates, visit the band's website (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.