Meat Loaf at House of Blues
WHO IS HE: In 1977, with the help of songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf released the operatic, teenage mini-epic “Bat Out of Hell” and became a star overnight. The album contained the hits “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” and wound up becoming one of the best-selling albums of the 1970s. The Meat Loaf-Steinman partnership faltered in the years that followed and subsequent releases failed to match the commercial and critical acclaim of “Bat Out of Hell.” After experiencing tremendous financial, physical and emotional downfalls, Meat Loaf finally reconciled with Steinman and released “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” in 1993. The album was a massive success, selling over 5 million copies and yielding the hit single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”
WHAT TO EXPECT: With his theatrical singing, obese stature and campy, over-the top performance style, Meat Loaf is truly one of a kind. The Texas-born singer achieved one of the greatest comebacks in rock music history with the release of “Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell” in 1993, and has managed to maintain a successful touring career ever since. It’s a long way from the cocaine and paranoia-induced doldrums of the 1980s, when Meat Loaf was all but left for dead with no voice and no money. Fans can expect to experience the usual theatrics, melodrama and bombast associated with any Meat Loaf performance, plus plenty of songs from the new album “Hell in a Handbasket.”
WHAT’S NEW: Meat Loaf’s new album, “Hell in a Handbasket,” features contributions from Chuck D, Lil John, Trace Adkins and Mark McGrath.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $44.50 and $69.50. The show begins at 8 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the House of Blues.