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HEAVY MTL 2013: Avenged Sevenfold, Steel Panther, Megadeth and more

For the most part, parody bands are usually just that: a joke. A good laugh with not a lot of legs longevity-wise. L.A.-based comedy rockers Steel Panther – appearing on one of the two main stages at the 2013 edition of Montreal’s hugely popular outdoor hard rock festival Heavy MTL, August 10 & 11 – turn that convention on its head. Superb hair metal satirists though they be, Steel Panther have rapidly accrued metal cred comparable to that of more serious-minded peers, sharing stages with the likes of Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses…