Meat Loaf Tour Review
There's nothing like a big, loud and theatrical show to get the crowd in the mood. And no rockstar has ever had that more appeal than Meat Loaf. He's a guy who can sell 80m records, drive a bus in the Spice Girls film, and now, at age 62, he's doing his last tour in the UK.
'Bat Out Of Hell' (43 million sales and counting) is his best selling album to date and it features seven epic, rock opera songs that would make the perfect musical - they are all about love, lust and loss. They were all written by Jim Steinman, Meat's long time collaborator and one of the world's most famous song writers.
In a show like this, where the stage is set up to be as opulent and grand as possible, it's not hard to see why the singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday (although he hasn't been called that since the 1980s), opted for the 'Bat Out of Hell' title track as his final farewell. There's no denying the huge emotional pull of that LP, with its soaring choruses and big dramatic scenes.
But it's not just a musically heavy affair; there's also a lot of humour, which is the lifeblood of this kind of show. Caleb Johnson, a former winner of 'American Idol', is the band's new 'back-up' vocalist and, together with the Neverland Express, they play all their bestselling hits as part of this concert.