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Satchel performing in June 2017
|Russell John Parrish|
|Born||November 24, 1970|
Redwood City, California, U.S.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
After graduating, Parrish became an instructor through the early 1990s while playing with Racer X offshoot Bad Dog with vocalist Jeff Martin and The Electric Fence with Martin on drums and Paul Gilbert alternating guitar and bass. When Paul Gilbert joined Mr. Big, Parrish rented a room in Gilbert's Los Angeles home and house-sat for him when Gilbert would go on tour, simultaneously recording demos in Gilbert's home studio. He has worked extensively with Gilbert and has writing credits on several Paul Gilbert tracks. Parrish is seen playing bass (alongside Jeff Martin on drums) in the tuning section of Gilbert's "Terrifying Guitar Trip" video.
He played guitar for Jeff Pilson's band, War & Peace, appearing on the Time Capsule album, a collection of demos released on Shrapnel Records. After the breakup of War & Peace, Parrish was playing in a Thin Lizzy cover band when Jeff Martin introduced him to Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, resulting in Parrish joining Halford's band Fight and recording the War of Words album.
Upon exiting Fight he joined Cleveland's Outta The Blue, a local glam metal band that closed their show with Racer X covers, and who later became The Szuters. In 1995, Parrish played guitar in Kevin Gilbert's touring band in support of Gilbert's Thud album. He can be seen performing with Gilbert on Welcome to Joytown - Thud Live at the Troubadour, a DVD and CD released in 2009, documenting the band's 1995 concert at The Troubador in Los Angeles. In 1996, Parrish played guitar with Sebastian Bach on the song "Rock Bottom" for an Ace Frehley tribute album, Spacewalk (A Salute to Ace Frehley). From 2002 to 2006, he also played guitar in a Van Halen tribute band with future Steel Panther bandmate Ralph Saenz aka (Michael Starr) called The Atomic Punks. Around the same time, he was in a Rush cover band called Moving Pictures with Atomic Punks drummer Scott Patterson. In the early 2000s, he was the leader of his own band, The Thornbirds, with Darren Leader (future Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia), Jeff Duncan, and occasional Steel Panther songwriter Dean Cameron.
In 2000, Parrish was simultaneously playing in various bands and acting in the production "Rockalypse Now", a play written by Dean Cameron. Around this time, he and Ralph Saenz started glam metal cover band Metal Shop as the characters Rikki Ratchet and Michael Diamond, respectively, and appeared in a Discover card commercial as "Danger Kitty", a fictional one-hit-wonder band that spends all their royalty money on opulence and goes bankrupt. In 2003, Metal Shop (now renamed to Metal Skool) released their debut album, Hole Patrol, and began incorporating original songs into their live sets. The "classic" Steel Panther lineup was also cemented by this point, with Lexxi Foxx (real name Travis Haley) on bass and Stix Zadinia (real name Darren Leader) on drums, and with the Rikki Ratchet and Michael Diamond aliases being replaced with Satchel and Michael Starr, respectively. Six years later, the band renamed to Steel Panther and released their first album under the name, entitled Feel the Steel. They have become successful worldwide, with numerous celebrity fans and selling out arenas and festivals, including Download Festival in the UK.
In his early days, Parrish used a white Ibanez RG770 with sharktooth inlays as his primary guitar. During the Fight era, he primarily played a Heartfield/Fender Talon and was endorsed by Fender alongside Vinnie Moore, John Norum, Richie Sambora, and Joe Holmes.
Parrish endorsed Kramer Guitars during early Steel Panther, utilizing the Pacer model into EVH 5150 III 100 watt amplifiers through EVH Cabs. He ran his Kramer Pacer to his amp through a Line 6 G90 Wireless Relay system. These guitars were made with US-manufactured parts rather than off-the-shelf Korean and/or Indonesian pieces. The most noticeable difference is the bubinga skunk stripe on the back of the necks. It incorporated a Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 pickup in the bridge, and a Seymour Duncan 59' in the neck, and an original Floyd Rose tremolo with an EVH D-Tuna is fitted to all his guitars. As of 2016, he has stopped using the D-Tuna and instead has a single dedicated guitar for Drop D tuning. He uses D-Addario EXL Super Light (.09 -.42) gauge strings tuned a half-step down to E flat(Eb).
For pedals, he has used a Boss TU-3 Tuner, a Boss Turbo Distortion, and an MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal - all powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power. In the past, he used Marshall JCM 2000 (both TSL and DSL) amps, and both Peavey 5150 and Triple X amplifiers. He also occasionally uses Yamaha THR amplifiers offstage. He uses custom printed Tortex TIII 1.14mm picks.
In 2014 Kramer released a signature model featuring both a yellow leopard paint and purple leopard paint. It has the same body as a pacer vintage but has one volume knob, a Seymour Duncan SH-4 and SH-2. While endorsing and primarily playing Kramer guitars, Satchel has also occasionally used other guitar brands as well on some occasions, including Pacifica series guitars by Yamaha as well as various acoustic guitars. His primary acoustic guitar is a Gibson SJ-200 in Antique Natural.
Satchel has been seen playing a Charvel guitar since 2016. It has been speculated[by whom?] that Satchel will be shifting his endorsement to Charvel, and that possible signature models may become available. On March 29, 2017, Charvel posted an article talking about his Custom Charvel Dinky Bengal Striped guitar, the new album, and the latest music video.
In July 2018, the "Pussy Melter", a delay toneprint (preset) which had been manufactured by TC Electronic in an endorsement deal with Satchel, was removed from sale and discontinued following criticism of its alleged sexist marketing strategy. In the end however, the preset was renamed "Repeat Offender" but Satchel still released a distortion pedal named the "Pussy Melter". In March 2019, Satchel released a digital delay pedal called the "Poontang Boomerang" (named after Steel Panther's song of the name same.)
|1993||Time Capsule||War & Peace||Russ Parrish|
|War of Words||Fight|
|1994||Smoke On The Water: A Tribute To Deep Purple||Various|
|1996||Spacewalk: A Salute to Ace Frehley|
|2003||Hey That's What I Call Sludge Vol. 1|
|Hole Patrol||Metal Skool||Rikki Ratchet|
|2004||All the Same||The Thornbirds||Russ Parrish|
|2009||Feel the Steel||Steel Panther||Satchel|
|2014||All You Can Eat|
|2017||Lower The Bar|
|Under the Covers: Volume II||Ninja Sex Party|
|2019||Heavy Metal Rules||Steel Panther|