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Jacqueline 03:16 am MST 02/26/17
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MEAT'S BEEF WITH BRUCE
‘Everybody’s always compared Bat Out Of Hell to Springsteen, but my voice doesn’t sound anything like Springsteen’s,’ says Meat Loaf.

‘I had to learn how to sing in a rock style. I really have an operatic voice.

‘I had to work hard to sing Bat Out Of Hell. That’s three-and-a-half octaves. People have no idea how tough that is.

‘The one thing I know is that Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan [Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band members] played drums and piano on Bat Out Of Hell, and Bruce was mad about that.

‘So when Springsteen does his benefit stuff, or gets together with a bunch of people, I’m never invited.’

‘The only thing that I have said to them is, “When you bring it to Broadway, let me do the father [Falco]”. I’m not taking anything away from the guy who’s doing the father, but when it comes to Broadway, let me do that.’
He leaves a dramatic beat.
‘We’ll just have to see if the play’s a hit.’ e
Jim Steinman’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical’ previews at Manchester Opera House until April 8 before moving to the London Coliseum in June.


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> Operatic rock songs, roaring motorbikes and a starring
> role for Meat Loaf... maybe! Event gets exclusive access
> behind the scenes of Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical
>
> It’s a rarely aired fact that the Princess of Wales was a
> massive Meat Loaf fan. Were she still with us, Diana would
> have undoubtedly been making discreet enquiries about
> attending the premiere of Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical.
> It is poignant that the 20th anniversary of her death
> comes 40 years after the first release of the Wagnerian
> rock album that she so enjoyed.
>
> Meat Loaf, who isn’t yet appearing in the rock ’n’ roll
> opera but has been cheerleading for his songwriting friend
> Jim Steinman, composer of those seven songs that shook the
> world, takes up the story.
>
> ‘Diana had been to four of my shows,’ says Meat at his Los
> Angeles home. ‘She was a fan – I did not know this. They
> would sneak her in after the lights went out.
> ‘I met her at the Pavarotti and Friends concert [in
> 1995],’ the awestruck singer continues. ‘I was standing
> right with her, and she turned to me and she said, “I’m
> hungry,” and I said, “You know what? If you said right now
> to somebody, I want a chicken leg, I guarantee you’d have
> one in two minutes.”
>
> ‘She was so down-to-earth and funny. I really liked her.
> And when she told me she’d been to four shows – wow, I
> couldn’t believe it.’
>
> While the princess was hot on The Loaf, he’s not so sure
> about the Queen singing along to his operatic
> blood-and-thunder anthems.
>
> ‘I don’t think the Queen will come,’ he sighs. ‘She
> doesn’t like me because I didn’t behave properly at It’s A
> Royal Knockout [in 1987].
>
> ‘I told Prince Edward: “When you walk in the room, my knee
> hurts. I’m not standing up, dude.”
>
> ‘He said, “That’s cool. You haven’t got to,” and I said,
> “And I’m going to call you Ed, or Edward,” so I called all
> the royals by their first names. Fergie was there. She
> called me Meaty, and I said, “Well, if you’re going to
> call me Meaty, what am I going to call you?” She says,
> “Flower,” so I went around calling her Flower all
> weekend.’
>
> Bat Out Of Hell, the 43-million selling testament to
> creator Jim Steinman’s wild imagination, is a modern
> phenomenon. One of the biggest selling records of all
> time, it still shifts over 200,000 copies a year.
>
> ‘What’s funny is that everybody hated it to death when it
> first came out,’ says Meat, who is rarely given to
> understatement. ‘I knew nine people who liked it, and that
> was counting me and Jimmy.’
>
> The UK, Lady Diana included, bought into Meat Loaf’s
> overblown blend of Spector, Springsteen and Wagner from
> the start. He has enjoyed a special relationship with
> Britain since he first appeared on BBC2 in 1978, eyes
> bulging above a generously overfilled dress shirt, his
> lank locks and crimson hanky sodden with Texan sweat. Bat
> Out Of Hell remained in the UK charts for 474 weeks.
>
> It is fitting, then, that the musical will play first in
> Britain, opening at Manchester Opera House before swooping
> down to the London Coliseum in June.
>
> Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical is a tough show not to love.
> Steinman began developing the project 50 years ago, the
> teenage opera having begun as Neverland, a futurist rock
> retelling of Peter Pan, in the late Sixties.
>
> It’s been through some changes since then. ‘I’ve got at
> least four drafts sitting here in my drawer,’ Meat Loaf
> guffaws.
>
> The latest version features 17 celebrated Meat Loaf songs,
> including You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat
> Out Of Hell, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and I Would Do
> Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
>
> Event has been given exclusive access as the spectacular
> revs up, to experience the sights and sounds, and speak to
> its key players.
>
> The lead characters, Raven and Strat, will be played by
> Belfast-born Christina Bennington, 25, and Andrew Polec,
> 28, a high baritone from Pennsylvania.
>
> Cast together in a mind-warping wasteland, love for our
> latter-day Romeo and Juliet, will not come easy.
>
> Blond and gym-honed, Polec bares scant resemblance to the
> well-nourished chap with the perspiration issues who
> toured Bat Out Of Hell in the late Seventies. In his time,
> Meat Loaf was as unlikely a sex symbol as Jeremy Corbyn.
>
> ‘You never thought, “Everybody’s going to want to sleep
> with that guy,”’ agrees Polec. ‘Until you saw the power
> and passion he brought. He didn’t have a six-pack but he
> still took his shirt off and rolled around on stage. I
> wish I’d been old enough to see those shows.’
>
> Bennington recollects hearing Bat Out Of Hell as a child,
> her father bellowing along in the car. ‘He won’t be doing
> that during the shows,’ she promises.
> The behind the scenes personnel on Bat Out Of Hell are no
> less impressive than the leading players. Canadian
> choreographer Emma Portner recently worked with Justin
> Bieber, having starred in his Life Is Worth Living video.
> Lighting design is by the legendary Patrick Woodroffe, who
> has illuminated the Rolling Stones’ stages for the past 35
> years. Among the group of prestigious producers is Tony
> Smith, who has managed both Genesis and Pink Floyd.
>
> Director Jay Scheib, 47, a professor of music and theatre
> arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology admits
> that Bat Out Of Hell wasn’t in his musical sphere as a
> teen. He was ‘heavily into The Cure and Joy Division’ but
> acknowledges that the Meat Loaf album was the soundtrack
> for a lot of people growing up.
>
> ‘It’s all about these songs,’ Scheib explains. ‘I want to
> get to the heart of what they’re expressing and then put
> that on stage. Although the music is 40 years old, the
> story still speaks to us all today.’
>
> The script tells the tale of the never-ageing Strat and
> his wayward gang The Lost, who roam the streets of a
> dystopian Manhattan under the rule of the ruthless Falco.
>
> The temperature rises when Strat falls for Falco’s
> daughter Raven. Cue a slew of chest-beating paeans to
> love, rebellion and destiny.
>
> Visually, the show will combine live and video
> performances with state-of-the-art lighting. With live
> motorcycles and that relentless rock ’n’ roll rhythm, it’s
> a full-throttle ride with a sidecar-full of social
> conscience, as epic but intimate an experience as the
> songs themselves.
>
> Steinman, who has suffered a heart attack and two strokes
> in recent years, and has been too unwell to travel,
> watches rehearsals on Skype then rewatches the videos each
> evening, prior to a weekly telephone conference with
> Scheib. ‘They can be long conversations,’ Scheib says,
> rather pointedly.
>
> Scheib is more than aware of the opera world’s snobbery
> towards rock operas and musicals, and the disdain this
> project may attract from the high-art crowd. ‘There’s the
> feeling that some musicals aren’t “serious”,’ he says.
> ‘It’s not considered fine art. It’s “commercial” and
> “spectacle” without the content of some operas, whereas
> some opera can be wildly lacking in content.’
>
> Yet musicals are notoriously high-risk. Even with songs by
> U2’s Bono and The Edge, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the
> most expensive Broadway production in history, closed
> after two-and-a-half years in 2014, enmeshed in a tangled
> web of technical problems, financial woes and health
> setbacks.
> ‘Of course it is high-risk,’ breezes Scheib. ‘But crossing
> the street – particularly for an American in London – is
> high-risk.’
>
> ‘If you thought about the risk all the time then you would
> just be trying to please those people who don’t want it to
> work,’ adds Bennington.
>
> ‘I wrote Jimmy an email,’ recalls Meat. ‘“How’s the play
> going?”. He writes back: “Well, I’m seeing it every day
> but it may close in two weeks”, and then he put “LOL”.
>
> ‘I wrote back, and made the letters giant, really huge: ‘I
> don’t think it’s going to close in two weeks. LOL.’
>
> The laughter stops and he suddenly turns deathly serious.
> ‘For Jimmy’s sake, I hope it’s a huge hit because it’s
> been literally 50 years and… it could kill him. I’m not
> kidding. If it fails, I dread the day.
>
>
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