Rock and Roll meets the Kids From Fame in the West End
What: Bat Out of Hell – The Musical
Who: Jim Steinman et al
Where: The Coliseum, London
When: July 2017
I remember everything! I remember everything as if it happened only yesterday…
About a life time ago I was playing football on the front lawn of my friend, Richard Chipchase. During a break in the game, he mentioned that his brother had seen a new band on “The Old Grey Whistle Test” the night before. He said that their name was “Meatloaf” and his brother said we ought to look out for them. Neither of us realised that Meat Loaf wasn’t a band but the singer.
Not long after, I picked up “Bat Out of Hell”. Then “Bad For Good” (composer Jim Steinman’s own album). Then “Dead Ringer” (remember buying that one in Casa Disco on the day it came out, assistant grumbling that she was fed up with taking the empty album sleeve back to the rack).
After that you realised that Meat relied on Steinman to come up with the songs to be at his peak. There was a long wait until “Bat Out of Hell II” and then another falling out between Steinman and Mr Loaf which surrounded “Bat Out of Hell III”.
There was a general deterioration in Meat Loaf’s health and voice and then another Meat Loaf / Steinman disc, “Braver Than We Are”.
And then there was “Bat Out of Hell – The musical” in Manchester and then it moved to London, the city where I live.
Musicals are not my thing – although I was in a touring musical once (that was years ago when I was young and foolish) so I decided to give this one a wide berth.
But then I was asked to go along and see the show and offer some comments prior to a possible transfer. So with some trepidation I decided to do just that.