Ralph Saenz

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Ralph Saenz
Saenz performing with Steel Panther
Background information
Birth name Ralph Michael Saenz
Also known as Michael Starr
Michael Diamond
Michael Saenz
David Lee Ralph
Born (1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Glam metal
Hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Steel Panther, L.A. Guns, Atomic Punks, Ninja Sex Party, Hugh Ganus, AFI

Ralph Michael Saenz (born May 17, 1965), better known by the stage name Michael Starr, is the lead singer for the comedic glam metal band Steel Panther.[1]


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 had the nickname David Lee Ralph. He 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, Longgone, and Nightfall. The latter was featured on the KNAC radio sponsored Pure Rock compilation (1987), 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.[2]


With Steel Panther[edit]

With Metal Sludge[edit]

With L.A. Guns[edit]


  • 6969 (Dick Elders vocals)
  • Gus G. I Am the Fire (Redemption vocals)

Personal life[edit]

Saenz was raised primarily in Van Nuys, California, where his father was a college professor. Saenz himself earned a PhD in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley (c. 1991), and was briefly an assistant professor of literature and cultural studies, at Texas A&M Commerce. Saenz and his wife, Jocelyn, live in Los Angeles, California. He was interviewed by the Swedish magazine Hårdrock, where he revealed that he is half Swedish and half Spanish.


  1. ^ "Steel Panther". www.steelpantherrocks.com. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ralph Saenz". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 

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