It’s easy to poke fun at Steel Panther, because they’ve pretty much made it their MO to be a band worthy of getting poked. However, it’s worth nothing that the glam metal satirists have been going at it for over two decades now, and continue to be a massive draw for those rockers obsessed with all things sleazy and less-than-serious. But now, the band have announced a massive line-up change in the form of founding bassist Travis “Lexxi Foxx” Haley stepping away from the band.
“The great pandemic of 2020-2037 has affected all of us,” wrote The Panther in a public statement. “For some though, it has opened doors of opportunity and been a catalyst to seek out one’s true calling in life. This is Lexxi’s story. He started his side business, ‘Sexy Lexxi’s Prettiest Pets,’ to bring in money for Botox during the lockdown. But something miraculous happened. He realized that his love for making pets pretty was greater than his love for being pretty himself. Lexxi discovered a greater love. Possibly, the greatest love of all.
“Lexxi has chosen to hang up his mirror and focus on his newfound passion. Making ugly dogs pretty. Anyway, after nearly 40 years of rocking together and taking Steel Panther from the Viper Room to headlining Wembley Arena, it is with heavy hearts – but great heavy metal memories – that we bid Lexxi Foxx farewell. We love you and we wish you a wonderful future putting eyeliner on chihuahuas.
“Steel Panther will continue to rock the world. And though we may not ever find a bassist quite as beautiful as Lexxi, it shouldn’t be hard to find one to match his towering intellect.
“Good Luck… And goodbye Lexxi Foxx!”
The band have also posted a goodbye reel to Lexxi, which you can view on their Facebook.
Everyone at The Pit wishes Lexxi Foxx and Steel Panther all the best in their future endeavors.
Words by Chris Krovatin