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Ralph Michael Saenz (born May 17, 1965), better known by the stage name Michael Starr, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the comedic glam metal band Steel Panther.
Starr performing in 2017
|Birth name||Ralph Michael Saenz|
|Also known as||David Lee Ralph|
|Born||May 17, 1965|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Origin||Van Nuys, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Glam metal, hard rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, piano, harmonica, percussion|
|Years active||late 1980s–present|
|Associated acts||Steel Panther, L.A. Guns, Ninja Sex Party, AFI|
Saenz was the lead singer for the David Lee Roth-era Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks from May 1994 to December 2008, where he used the stage name David Lee Ralph. He formed the band with future bandmate, Steel Panther guitarist Russ Parrish. Saenz was briefly the lead singer for L.A. Guns, singing on the Wasted EP. He also has sung for the bands 7% Solution, First Cause, Long Gone, and Nightfall. The latter was featured on the KNAC radio sponsored Pure Rock compilation, with Ralph going under the name Michael Saenz.
Saenz appeared briefly in the 2001 film Rock Star, seen in the glass booth auditioning when Mark Wahlberg's and Jennifer Aniston's characters walk into the audition. He glares at the two before Wahlberg's character takes his turn to audition. He provided background vocals for AFI on the albums Sing the Sorrow and Decemberunderground  He formed Steel Panther in 2000 with Parrish under the name Metal Shop (soon changed into Metal Skool, then into Steel Panther). The band have achieved massive success all over the world.
With Steel PantherEdit
- Hole Patrol (2003)
- Feel the Steel (2009)
- Balls Out (2011)
- All You Can Eat (2014)
- Lower The Bar (2017)
- Heavy Metal Rules (2019)
With Metal SludgeEdit
- Hey That's What I Call Sludge Vol – 1 (2003) Compilation feat: original demo of Death To All But Metal
With L.A. GunsEdit
- Wasted (1998)
- From an interview with the Swedish magazine Hårdrock.
- Hartmann, Graham. "9 Super-Genius Rockers Who Have PhDs". Loudwire. Retrieved 2019-08-10.