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Bat Out Of Hell The Musical - Toronto run extended

Due to popular demand, producers David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox and Tony Smith are excited to announce a three week extension for the North American Premiere of Jim Steinman's BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL.

The show will now run from October 14th - December 24th, at the Ed Mirvish theatre, Toronto. Tickets are available from their website, or by phone at TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Group orders of 10 or more save 25% and may be placed by calling 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420.

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Please vote in the West End Wilma and Broadway World UK awards

Please support the cast and crew of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical by helping them win the awards they so deserve, by backing them in these public votes.

Andrew Polec has been nominated for "RISING STAR" in his role as STRAT in Bat Out Of Hell The Musical in this year's The Wilma Awards.

And you can vote for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical in multiple categories in the Broadway World Awards.

Andrew Polec wins Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award

Massive congratulations to Andrew Polec for winning in this year's The Stage Awards - the Joe Allen Award for Best West End Debut. No-one is more deserving. And thanks to all who voted!

Christina Bennington (pictured left) accepted the award on Andrew's behalf and told the BBC: "This category was absolutely ridiculous, and it just goes to show that Bat Out of Hell has the best fans in the world".

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Vote for The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award

Our wild child Strat has made the shortlist for the Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award. Vote for Andrew Polec as your "favourite West End debut" here! Public voting is open until September 10th. Spread the word!


Rockman Philharmonic arrives on Facebook

If you're on Facebook, we've got a page you can like/follow for news, reviews, interviews, etc:

We've also got a Facebook group called Jim Steinman's Rockman Philharmonic Deep, Deep End discussion group, if you want to join in (lurkers are welcome too!).


Billboard coverage of Bat's Toronto street concert

Use this link to see full coverage of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical's launch concert in Toronto, Canada on May, 15, 2017.  Tickets for the Toronto run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre go on sale May 24.  The shows North America premier runs from October 14th thru December 3rd, 2017.








Quite Simply, The Best Show

The People Speak...and They're All on Tape

Audience Reaction to Bat Out of Hell


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As my producer Michael Cohl recently said, "40 years and 70 million albums later..."
As I've always said, "Don't let your dreams get all rusty, keep on using them as hard as you can!"
Thank you for taking the ride with me.  See you all in 2017.  Love, Jim
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The cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical:





The cast & creative team of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical

Lead roles:
Andrew Polec as Strat
Christina Bennington as Raven
Rob Fowler as Falco
Sharon Sexton as Sloane

Also starring will be:
Aran MacRae as Tink
Danielle Steers as Zahara
Dom Hartley-Harris as Jagwire
Giovanni Spano as Ledoux
Patrick Sullivan as Blake

Ensemble cast:
Jemma Alexander, Emily Benjamin, Stuart Boother, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Jordan Lee Davies, Olly Dobson, Hannah Ducharme, Phoebe Hart, Rosalind James, Michael Naylor, Eve Norris, Tim Oxbrow, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Benjamin Purkiss, Anthony Selwyn, Courtney Stapleton and Ruben Van keer

The creative team:

Jim Steinman
Book, Music & Lyrics

Direction by Jay Scheib
Choreography by Emma Portner
Musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed
Set design is by Jon Bausor
Costume design by Meentje Nielsen
Video design by Finn Ross
Lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe
Sound design by Gareth Owen
Orchestration by Steve Sidwell
Musical direction by Robert Emery

Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell - The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox, Tony Smith, and produced in association with Bat Out of Hell Holding Limited.




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Holding Out For A Hero?  We've got one!  Meat wins Stubhub Q Hero Award, presented by the cast of the Bat Musical

True hero:  Meat Loaf was making a welcome return to the limelight when he attended The Stubhub Q Awards 2016 at The Roundhouse in London on Wednesday.

Upon accepting the award, Meat Loaf left the audience moved with his passionate speech.

Fighting back tears, he said: 'Thank you guys, you are so nice. A few years ago Q had me on their cover and they asked if I was the new king of rock and roll, a hero. Let's think about that for a second.

'What is a hero? I know we all have them, but a hero is someone who does something good for someone every day.

'You do whatever you can to bring love back into this world, because folks we need it... Thank you all very much.' 





Q Breakthrough Act – Jack Garratt

Q Best Track – Bastille (Good Grief)

Q Best Video – PJ Harvey (The Community of Hope)

Q Best Album – The 1975 (I Like It When You Sleep…)

Q Best Live – U2

Q Best Solo – James Bay

Q Best Act in the World Today – Muse

Q Innovation in Sound Award – MIA

Q Hero – Meat Loaf

Q Classic Songwriter – Ray Davies

Q Hall of Fame – Madness

Q Classic Album – The Charlatans (Tellin’ Stories)

Q Gibson Les Paul Award – The Edge

Q Outstanding Contribution to Music – Blondie


Tickets for the eagerly awaited Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell The Musical are on sale NOW!

Bat Out Of Hell  to premier in Manchester

Tickets for the opening run of Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell are set to go on sale tomorrow, July 1st.  The initial run will be at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England.  Show dates begin February 17, 2017 and run through April. As further information becomes available, it can be found on


Jim Steinman's Thoughts on Braver Than We Are


Pre-orders are now being taken for Meat Loaf's eagerly anticipated Braver Than We Are release, slated for a September 16th drop.  This album features ALL songs by Jim Steinman and includes the title track, Who Needs The Young and Speaking In Tongues, among other collaborations.  Global reaction to the news of the album and the cover art has been immediate and unanimously celebratory!

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Following the great success of the Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical workshop in New York earlier this year, this casting call was recently held.  Fans worldwide are greeting the news with ecstatic reaction.



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Paradise Found - The Lost Songs Of Jim Steinman




Jeremy Jordan, Ellen Foley & More Star In TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN At 54 Below, 5/5

Follow the link below for ticket information.

 A total eclipse on Broadway!

Legendary Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer, internationally recognized theatrical rock pioneer Jim Steinman, will be celebrated in a new 54 Below show honoring his multiple #1 songs and albums at 54 Below next month, titled TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN, with the starry cast of the evening announced earlier today.

The cast of TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN at 54 Below includes stage and screen superstar Jeremy Jordan and iconic original BAT OUT OF HELL vocalist Ellen Foley, plus several other popular performers including Constantine Maroulis, Josh Young, Justin Sargent, Kate Rockwell, Ariana DeBose, Jessica Hendy, Tyce Green and newcomer Christopher Lee Viljoen.

The official description of TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN is as follows: "'If you don't go over the top, you can't see what's on the other side.' Grammy Award-winning composer Jim Steinman is the only artist in history to write and produce the simultaneous #1 and #2 song on the 'Billboard' charts, as well as possess writing and producing credits on three of the best-selling albums ever made. Now, rock's most theatrical personality is celebrated by Broadway's biggest voices, bringing his iconic songs to the 54 Below stage. The evening will feature performances by: Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan ('The Last 5 Years,' Newsies, 'Smash'), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages, Bring It On: The Musical), Justin Matthew Sargent (Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, Pippin, Motown), Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, 'American Idol'), Jessica Hendy (Radio City Spring Spectacular), Tyce Green (LMNOP), Christopher Lee Viljoen (54 Sings 'Chess') and Ellen Foley (Meat Loaf's duet partner on "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"). Featuring international smash hits such as "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," "It's All Coming Back To Me Now," "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", with special costume and design elements created by international celebrated haute couture designer Asher Levine, plus jaw-dropping new arrangements especially created for this one night only event, this is the epic rock theatrical event of the year. With a setlist crafted by the composer himself, the evening has been conceived by Jim Steinman and Pat Cerasaro, who will serve as director, and will be produced and music directed by Benjamin Rauhala."

TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN will occur on May 5 at 7 and 9:30 PM. Ticket information is available here.


I like to think that my job, and any artist's job, is to turn the profane into the sacred. That said, it is my communion with all of you that makes the process complete.

I wish you the very best in 2015 and always.  Thank you!!!   Love, Jim


Le Bal Des Vampires

Tanz der Vampire, Roman Polanski's hugely successful musical (featuring epic music by Jim Steinman) opens October 16th as Le Bal Des Vampires Le Musical at the Theatre Mogador in Paris, France.
Visit their website for news, ticket information and a look at this spectacular production.  Join me in wishing the entire cast and crew all the best for a long and wonderful run in the City of Love & Vampires!






"I have a medical" - Jim Steinman you haven't changed a BIT!






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Doctor Jim Steinman at Amherst College


Steve Popovich Foundation Teams with Tri-C to Endow Scholarship Fund

This throne is inspired by Jim Steinman and designed especially for Jim Steinman.
This throne becomes a perfect unit with the owner by fusing with the steel wings,
it comes with black leather upholstery, all work done by myself, like every other steelwork,
cutting the iron, welding, forming, polishing, finishing.
Absolutely unikat single-item.
Duration of work 1-2month.
Best, Rob.

For all of you wondering where the sculpture in the "Christmas photo" came from...the sculpture was by Rob from Bayreuth......custom made and he's made a new piece--a "throne" as he calls it. ALL the works of art in that room came from geniuses in Bayreuth, Germany.

Attached is the throne, just finished and ready soon to travel here.

PS - The sculpture is based on a set Karl Lagerfeld did for Chanel (that was based on Superman’s Fortress of Solitude - Clark Kent's secret hideaway in the Arctic).


Looking forward to seeing you all in 2013. Thanks for your constant support, loyalty, friendship & inspiration.
THANK YOU for ALL you've done & felt for me!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great love respect & gratitude,


Songwriters Hall Of Fame 43rd Annual Induction Ceremony

Jim Steinman's night in words and pictures

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And All The Hiding Places Are Hiding

From the 1969 Amherst Student - a deep look into the Master's mind!
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Tribute To An Inductee


songwriters hall of fame

Congratulations Jim Steinman -
2012 Inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Read the Press Announcement here.


Doctor Steinman

Jim to receive honorary degree from alma mater, (and birthplace of The Dream Engine '69), Amherst College!

AMHERST, Mass.—CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, former UMass professor and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair Sheila Bair, playwright and gay-rights activist Martin Duberman, Iran hostage crisis negotiator Ulric Haynes Jr. ’52, chemist David K. Lewis ’64, New York Public Library President and former Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx, acclaimed narrative nonfiction writer John McPhee and hit songwriter Jim Steinman ’69 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 191st Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the school’s main quad.

Jim's Bio from Amherst's Website:
Since his days as a young opera fan and a creator of daring theatrical works at Amherst College and with Joe Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jim Steinman ’69 has sold more than 190 million records as a composer and lyricist behind such hit songs as “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” ”Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” “Dead Ringer for Love,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Holding Out For A Hero” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” He is probably best known for writing the songs on the album Bat Out of Hell, which has sold more than 48 million copies, and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Steinman also wrote the lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Whistle Down the Wind; composed the score for the musical Tanz der Vampire, which has run for 16 consecutive years in Europe; and contributed to the soundtrack of Footloose, among other movies. His works-in-progress include a stage musical version of Bat Out of Hell and a heavy-metal version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In June 2012, Steinman will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

See the link below for scheduled events and further information:


Ready to have your Nutcracked?

Jim Steinman & Asher Levine : The Boys Noir...



Have a wonderous 2012!!!! Love, Jim


Jim Steinman - Total Eclipse Of The Charts

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Songwriters Hall of Fame
2012 Nominees for Induction Announced
New York, NY - October 14, 2011 - Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced the slate of 2012 nominees for induction. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year. Eligible voting members will have until December 12th, 2011 to turn in ballots with their choices of two nominees from a non-performer and two from a performer category. For information with which to register or renew as a voting member before November 18th in order to participate in this election, please go to
The 2012 Annual Awards Gala will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis on Thursday, June 14th.
Bios and photos of the 2012 nominees can be found on the website,
and as a new special feature this year, Jango, the personalized internet radio site where listeners go to discover new music, has created has created a special Songwriters Hall of Fame online Radio Station that will enable everyone to "Listen to the Music" of our nominees.
And the nominees are:
(*Note that the five songs listed after each nominee are merely a representative sample of their extensive catalogs)
Non-Performer Songwriters
Don Covay - * Sookie, Sookie * Mercy, Mercy * Tonight's The Night * Chain Of Fools
* Seesaw
Jerry Fuller -* Travelin' Man * Young World * Young Girl * Lady Willpower * Show And Tell
Graham Gouldman - * Bus Stop * I'm Not In Love * For Your Love * The Things We Do For Love * No Milk Today
Tony Hatch - * Downtown * Don't Sleep In The Subway * I Know A Place * My Love
* Sign Of The Times
Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell - * A Lover's Concerto * Workin' My Way Back To You * Let 's Hang On To What We've Got * Native New Yorker * Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'bout Me)
Tony Macaulay - * Baby Now That I've Found You * Build Me Up Buttercup * Don't Give Up On Us * Last Night I Couldn't Get To Sleep At All * Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Chips Moman - * Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song * At The Dark End Of The Street * Do Right Woman, Do Right Man * Lukenbach, Texas * Wurlitzer Prize
Artie Resnick/Kenny Young - * Under The Boardwalk * I've Got Sand In My Shoes * One Kiss For Old Time's Sake * Good Lovin' * Just A Little Bit Better
Don Schlitz - * The Gambler * Forever And Ever, Amen * When You Say Nothing At All
* He Thinks He'll keep Her * On The Other Hand
P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri - * Secret Agent Man * Eve Of Destruction * Where Were You When I Needed You * You Baby (Nobody but You) * Can I Get to Know You Better
Jim Steinman - * I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That * Making Love Out Of Nothing At All * Paradise By The Dashboard Light * Total Eclipse Of The Heart * Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad 
Paul Vance/Lee Pockriss - * Catch A Falling Star * Dommage Dommage * Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini * Playground In My Mind * She Lets Her Hair Down (Early In The Morning)
Elvis Costello - * Accidents Will Happen * Alison * Veronica * Pump It Up * Watching The Detectives
Dion DiMucci - * Born To Cry * Donna The Prima Donna * King Of The New York Streets
* Love Came To Me * Runaround Sue
Deborah Harry/Chris Stein (Blondie) - *Dreaming * Heart Of Glass * In The Flesh
* Rapture * One Way Or Another
Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) - * Moonshadow * Morning Has Broken * Peace Train
* The First Cut Is The Deepest * Wild World
Annie Lennox/Dave Stewart - * Here Comes The Rain Again, * Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) * Would I Lie To You * Missionary Man * Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
Gordon Lightfoot - * Carefree Highway * Early Morning Rain * If You Could Read My Mind * Sundown * Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
George Michael - * Careless Whisper * Faith * Father Figure * I Want Your Sex * Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Steve Miller -* Abracadabra * Fly Like An Eagle * Living In The USA * Take The Money And Run * The Joker
Lou Reed - * Dirty Boulevard * Heroin * Rock & Roll * Sweet Jane * Walk On The Wild Side
Bob Seger - * Like A Rock * Night Moves * Rock & Roll Never Forgets * Still The Same
* We've Got Tonight
Pete Townshend - * I Can See For Miles * Magic Bus * My Generation * See Me, Touch Me, Feel Me * Won't Get Fooled Again
Tom Waits -* Ol' 55 * Jersey Girl * (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night * Innocent When You Dream * Downtown Train

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The list includes Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Garth Brooks, Allen Toussaint and Leonard Cohen among many others.
Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Virtual Museum.
Join us! Our mission is to remember and honor our great songwriters while building our musical future through workshops, showcases and scholarships, along with the opportunity to vote for the next slate of inductees. Joining online is quick and easy. 


Jim Steinman's Tribute on the Passing of Friend &  Music Legend,
Steve Popovich (1942-2011)
I wrote “ROCK & ROLL DREAMS COME THROUGH” in 1982 for my one CD, BAD FOR GOOD, but had to change it when I did it with Meat in 1993, for Bat Out Of Hell 2—as someone said, I’ve written one song in my life—but its full of lots of movements and about 200 hours long…

To quote from that:






















For me, the soul of Pops was in those words.
I also, for no specific reason, remember:

Driving home from after a WMMR show, in a limo with Popi and Harvey Leeds and a few other CBS big wigs & they were saying, in 1978 mind you, that it was time to get back in the studio: “Look guys, we sold 300,000 now—eventually we’ll hit gold @ 500,000—that’s the time for another record!.” I was horrified, and expressed it. They looked at me like I was from Mars & said sarcastically:

“Ok Mr. Record man, how much do YOU think it’ll sell?”

And I said, not pausing, 10 million.

Then came the storm of ridicule, mockery & reiterations of how foolish I was.

I basically withered under the abuse & there was a long pause—until Pops said gently: “10 million huh? Is that domestic or foreign?”

God I loved him then, as I always did & would forever.

He had family members coming to visit, & rightly or wrongly, I thought they were from Russia or eastern Europe. He asked me if I could write a song for them.

I came up with “It’s Only Rock And Roll Balalaika”

I could go on forever but I wont. I deeply loved Pops & I’ll always cherish that I was privileged to know him.

Steve Popovich is WHY rock n roll dreams come through. Not TRUE, he wasn’t God, but “came through”, like offering a rescue line or salvation. He wasn’t God but he WAS A&R and promotion FOR HIM.
To read more about the life and times of Steve Popovich please visit the site below:



"Feel the stroke of midnight near
Caress your skin with angels' fear"........

Love, Jim

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-- From The London Evening Standard


Best Selling Albums of All Time

On all these recordings, ONLY ONE has ALL words and music by ONE individual:
Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell.

The Best Selling Albums of All Time (in millions):

1. Michael Jackson, Thriller (100+)
2. AC/DC, Back in Black (45+)
3. Meat Loaf, Bat out of Hell (43+)
4. Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (42+)
5. Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (42+)
6. The Bodyguard Soundtrack (42+)
7. The Phantom of the Opera (40+)
8. Backstreet Boys, Millennium (40+)
9. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (40+)
10. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (40+)
11. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (40+)

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Happy Holidays and my best wishes to all of you for 2009. Love and limitless gratitude for 'sticking with me'. Clothes are all self designed. Model was botched by God. Love, Jim Steinman

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The 2008 Golden Q Award for All-Time Classic Song was awarded to Jim Steinman & Meat Loaf for Bat Out Of Hell.

Q magazine's editor in chief, Paul Rees, says: "There are some songs that transcend such things as time and genre, and Bat Out Of Hell is assuredly one of them." Steinman made the following remarks to Q Magazine regarding the honor:

Steinman says Bat reflects his philosophy.

Bat Out Of Hell‘s writer Jim Steinman said today that the song was “a perfect reflection of my creed”.

The legendary composer – who wrote the song for the album of the same name – said he created the track to be “the ultimate crash song”, “operatic annihilation” and a little piece of "Wagner".

After hearing the track was named Classic Song at today’s Q Awards, he said: “In the interest of being pompous, profound, and pretentious all at the same time, as well as being self-deprecating, even self-lacerating, and brilliant simultaneously, I can truly say that BAT OUT OF HELL is a perfect reflection of my creed: ‘If you don’t go over the top, you’ll never see what’s on the other side”.

“’Bat’ was a complete song after two choruses, at six-plus minutes long. But I thought it was too short - no, incomplete. It needed more! So I toiled away and came up with the final third of the song, starting at: “I can see myself, tearing up the road, FASTER, than any other boy has ever gone……” - and this evolved into the whole CRASH sequence, ending with “the last thing I see is my heart/still beating/still beating/breaking out of my body and flying away ……. Like a BAT OUT OF HELL!”

“Then it was complete. It had been a great driving-racing-speed anthem, plus a suitably obsessive love story, but now it was what I wanted all along: THE ULTIMATE CRASH SONG!! SELF-DESTRUCTION! OPERATIC ANNIHILATION!!!!!!

“Thus, if I hadn't gone OVER THE TOP, I NEVER WOULD HAVE SEEN WHAT’S ON THE OTHER SIDE. Which I really loved. And which, to this f***ing day, I still love. END OF STORY; AND THANK YOU, Q & MEAT. (That sounds like a distant relative of Spotted Dick: Q & MEAT!)”

Q Magazine also published the following 10 SteinFacts...

Bat Out Of Hell a 'classic'

Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf’s enduring rock epic, is to be rewarded with the title of ‘classic song’ at next week’s Q Awards. The track was written by the legendary songwriter Jim Steinman with whom Loaf has collaborated on a number of occasions, although the pair have not always seen eye to eye.
Here are ten things you should know about the architect of Bat Out Of Hell, Jim Steinman:

1) Steinman and Meat Loaf’s paths first crossed after the songwriter created a musical called More Than You Deserve in 1974, in which the singer and actor had been cast. The title track was later included on the Dead Ringer album (follow-up to Bat Out Of Hell).

2) His first commercial release was in 1973 when Yvonne Elliman recorded Steinman's song Happy Ending which appeared on the album Food of Love.

3) Bat Out Of Hell has its roots in a production based on JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. While Steinman and Meat Loaf were working on a touring National Lampoon production, they started to develop further three of the tracks which the composer had prepared for the musical, Neverland, for what they hoped would become a seven-song album. These became Bat out of Hell, Heaven Can Wait and All Revved Up With No Place to Go.

4) Steinman’s magic touch transformed Bonnie Tyler from a singer of syrupy – if a little croaky – ballads, to rock chick after producing her album Faster Than The Speed Of Night. He also wrote the title track and number one single Total Eclipse Of The Heart.

5) Steinman is canny recycler. The theme he wrote for a 1979 TV show Delta House was later tweaked and included in the hit single Dead Ringer For Love.

6) Steinman claims he was originally approached to pen the lyrics for the Lord Lloyd-Webber musical The Phantom Of The Opera but had to turn it down because of his commitments with Tyler. However, the pair later collaborated on the West End show (later transferring briefly to Broadway) Whistle Down The Wind.

7) As well as Bat Out Of Hell (a phrase for which Steinman holds the trademark) and Dead Ringer, Steinman went on to work together on Bat Out Of Hell II in 1993, despite years of bad blood. A third Bat album in 2006 saw little collaboration, although it featured seven of the composer’s songs – five of them were covers of previously recorded material, the remaining two adapted from demos of tracks written for musicals.

8) Steinman, 61 in November, reinvented the goth pioneers Sisters Of Mercy with his epic productions on This Corrosion and Dominion/Mother Russia from the band’s second album Floodland. He worked with the Sisters’ Andrew Eldritch again when he co-wrote More for the Vision Thing album.

9) Further collaborators for New York-born Steinman have included wrestler Hulk Hogan, the Everly Brothers, Celine Dion and The Opera Babes.

10) On the Bat Out of Hell album track Paradise By The Dashboard Light, alongside the rather more sober credits for drums, bass and keyboards for the rest of the personnel, Steinman is listed for “lascivious effects”.


OnStage: Lyricist out of 'Hell'

Jim Steinman

Jim Steinman worked with Meat Loaf and Celine Dion on records -- and with Andrew Lloyd Webber on "Whistle Down the Wind." Ahead of an Ordway run, Steinman recalls the musical's legendary stops and starts.

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

Rock lyricist, songwriter and record producer Jim Steinman is perhaps best known for his work with such artists as Meat Loaf ("Bat Out of Hell") and Celine Dion ("Falling Into You"). But Steinman also writes for theater. The musical "Whistle Down the Wind," his 1996 collaboration with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, died en route to New York but was successfully revived for a long run in London. It opens Tuesday at the Ordway Center.

Read more here. (source: Star Tribune)

A Bat Out Of Hell Who Whistles
Jim Steinman

Hit-maker Jim Steinman is best known for his music of Meatloaf's "Bat Out Of Hell." (MARYELLEN FILLO)

Record producer, composer and lyricist Jim Steinman stopped by Hartford this week to catch the opening night of "Whistle Down The Wind," which is playing at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday. He wrote the lyrics for the show's music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Steinman, 59, an avid Yankees fan, is best known for his music on Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" album. The 1977 album's title became the subject of a legal battle between Steinman and Meat Loaf, and was eventually resolved in an out-of-court settlement. Steinman is also known for a slew of hit singles for other performers, including Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," as well as his musical "Tanz der Vampire," which is still playing in Berlin, Germany.

A free spirit easily recognized by his signature mop of unruly hair, Steinman took time out from dinner at Bin 228 to Spill the Beans with Java.

Read more here. (source: Hartford Courant)

Vampires LIVE!

The 10th Anniversary Concert of Tanz Der Vampire at the Raimund Theatre is now available as a souvenir CD.  Follow the link below to order from Sound Of Music -  a German site that's a treasure trove for all things Tanz Der Vampire!


Whistle Down The Wind Touring Cast Announced


Full cast and creative team have been announced for the national tour of the musical Whistle Down The Wind featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman and a book by Webber, Patricia Knop, and Gale Edwards. The production, which is produced and directed by Bill Kenwright, begins at Houston's Hobby Center, September 9-22, with future stops in Hartford, St. Paul, Sacramento, Seattle, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

The show, which premiered in London, tells the story of a young Louisiana girl who finds a mysterious stranger hiding in her barn. When she asks his identity, the first words he utters are "Jesus Christ;" and it's as if all her prayers have been answered. While the townspeople are determined to find the escaped felon, she and her friends vow to protect him from the outside world.

The show stars Eric Kunze, Andrea Ross, Dann Fink, Adam Shonkwiler, Austin J. Zambito-Valente, Nadine Jacobson, Carole Denise Jones, Greg Stone, and Kurt Zischke. The ensemble features Ryan Appleby, Renee Claire Bergeron, Al Bundonis, Raisa Ellingson, Alexis Hightower, Stephen Horst, James Jackson, Jr., Justine Magnusson, Thomas Rainey, and Mickey Toogood.

It will feature costume and set design by Paul Farnsworth, choreography by Henry Metcalfe, musical direction by David Steadman, lighting design by Nick Richings, and sound design by Ben Harrison.


Kenwright to Direct Whistle Down the Wind Tour; Cities Announced


Additional venues have been announced for the upcoming national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's Whistle Down the Wind, which will kick off in September.

As previously announced on, the inspirational musical will launch Sept. 9 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX. The production is also currently scheduled to play the following venues.

Sept. 25-30 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford
Oct. 9-21 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul
Oct. 30-Nov. 11 at the Community Center Theater in Sacramento
Nov. 13-Dec. 2 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle
Jan. 8-27, 2008 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

Directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, the musical is based on the film of the same and was previously seen in the West End and in a U.K. tour. Casting for the U.S. production is currently underway.

will feature costume and set design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Nick Richings and sound design by Ben Harrison. Henry Metcalfe will choreograph; David Steadman will be the musical director.

In a statement composer Lloyd Webber said, "Whistle Down the Wind is a fantastic story for a musical dramatist and it took me back to my rock roots. It's a primal tale about salvation and forgiveness that everyone can relate to. I'm absolutely delighted that Bill Kenwright's wonderful production is going to be seen in America."

Director-producer Kenwright added, "My time working on Whistle has been, alongside Blood Brothers and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the most exciting and rewarding of my career. It is a show that has everything - great, great songs, exciting narrative, wonderful performances and one of the best and simplest storylines I have ever come across. All in all, great theatre. I am very proud to be the show's producer and director."


A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the Budapest Vampire team on a PHANTASMAGORIC & ASTONISHING opening night!  For ticket information visit the website link below.


HUNGARY Vampires!

Tanz der Vampire is soon to begin it's run in Budapest, Hungary. Check out the website below for show dates, ticket info and downloads.


Whistle Down The Wind to Tour USA '07/08

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's inspirational musical, Whistle Down the Wind, will be launched on a national tour in September, marking the U.S. premiere of the revised version of the property.

The new Bill Kenwright-produced touring staging will launch Sept. 11-23 at the Hobby Center in Houston as part of the 2007-08 Theatre Under the Stars season. A tour schedule will be announced shortly.


Congratulations to the cast & creative team of Tanz Der Vampire on the triumphant return to the Raimund Theatre for the 10th Anniversary Concert!  Read the article from Variety regarding Vampires' success in Berlin.



February 28, 2007 -- WARNER Brothers Records has signed scores of huge-selling artists, but one who got away was Meat Loaf - because the mountain-size crooner got too carried away performing his steamy classic "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" for label executives back in the late 1970s. In his new book, "The Label," Gary Marmorstein writes that former Warner music president Mo Austin had greenlighted the "Bat Out of Hell" album, but it was then nixed by authoritative A&R chief Lenny Waronker. "[He] was repulsed by the band's in-office performance, which included Meat Loaf ostentatiously making out with singer Ellen Foley during the long 'Paradise' number. It was a catastrophic decision," Marmorstein writes. And how - the album was released by little-known Cleveland International Records in 1977, and went on to sell 40 million copies worldwide. It continues to sell 200,000 copies a year to this day, and was ranked No. 343 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest rock albums of all time.

Classic Rock:  Jim Steinman Interview

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UK Magazine Classic Rock Bat Out of Hell III Review

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Q Magazine Bat Out of Hell III Review

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Jim in Words and Music

Jim Steinman continues to open "Pandora's Blog" giving his own personal thoughts on many fascinating topics including the birth of demos from his Batman musical.  Read his blog and then listen to the demos.  You won't believe your ears...or any other part of your body!
Jim's blog can be found at:
Blog Mentioned songs can be found at:
Dream Engine News and Updates
The Dream Engine has launched a MySpace.  Visit, become a "friend" and listened to some staggeringly beautiful and powerful demos including full-length versions of "Nowhere Fast" and "We're Still The Children We Were Then"  
Dream Engine's MySpace can be found at:
The Dream Engine will be appearing September 16, 2006 @ 8:30pm at the 2006 Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards Show in Atlanta GA. We will be performing two songs (piano and vocals only) w/ Rob, Elaine, Adrienne, Neal and Steve on piano. The show will be televised live on GPB-TV (Georgia Public Broadcast) and rebroadcast on Sept. 22nd. This years inductees include: R.E.M. and Gregg Allman, Felice Bryant, Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri.
Q Magazine Names BAT OUT OF HELL Rock's #1 Guilty Pleasure

Issue Sept.  2006

Guilty Pleasures - Album Chart #1 Meat Loaf BAT OUT OF HELL

The sound of the rock n roll apocalypse.  One of the greatest albums ever made.  Obviously.  Jim Steinman wrote epic, funny, lengthy songs where teenagers tried to loose their virginity, where girls were slim and devious and boys tubby and stupid, where the motorbike was an analogy for everything and to quote a future Steinman moment of genius, "where everything was louder than everything else."

Brilliantly, the distinctly rotund Meat Loaf sang the whole lot without irony, while Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren fashioned as wide-screen Wagnerian backdrop.  Somehow the whole was even mightier than it's already heaving parts, hence the ten minute title-track where a man watches himself die; For Crying Out Loud, perhaps the most full-on, gut-wrenching ballad ever recorded and the sheer onanistic frustration of All Revved Up With No Place To Go.  There was nothing like it in 1977.   There has been nothing like it since, Bat Out Of Hell II notwithstanding.  Staggering.  Check out the story here.

Congratulations to all involved in the Tokyo production of Dance Of The Vampires.  Have a wonderful opening night! 
A very pleased Jim Steinman penned the email below shortly after hearing news that the first preview was a HUGE success!
I spoke to Rinkoff & Braunsberg & Mrs. Braunsberg & Michael Kunze. The report was that TANZ is A HUGE BLOODY BLOOMING MONSTER HIT!!!!!!!!!!!! Apparently, after only one thru, on the afternoon of the first performance ever in the theatre, It had its first performance for an audience. And THEY WENT CRAZY! STOMPING, HOOPING, CHEERING! And the audience wouldnt stop cheering or leave the theatre!!
I know nothing of Japanese theatre, but Kunze, who has a show MARIE ANTOINETTE that replaces our sold out run (already) in September. But IT WILL BE BACK A LOT, says Kunze.
He said it was VERY FAITHFUL, "much higher standard" than other shows, Rinkoff said there were TONS of laughs (more than original) and the leads were "fabulous."
Toho thinks it'll be a "big hit for years and years."
I dont understsand it, but YAY!!!!!!!!!
Jeff Berg of ICM was there raving about, they're all talking about the movie with Roman as The Professor a la Danny Kaye (now its officially called "Jims movie" cause I had the idea first, knowing how much Roman LOVES Danny Kaye. ) And a UK production was discussed.


Read Steinman's updated biography including a list of his current projects.

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