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Exclusive Meat Loaf concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Meat Loaf

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Meat Loaf has announced a very special one off show at London’s Royal Albert Hall – on October 16, 2006.

It comes just one week before the release (on October 23) of his latest album, the highly anticipated Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.

During the concert, he will perform tracks from all three Bat Out of Hell albums, including a duet with Marion Raven, It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, the first single from the third installment.

According to the album’s producer Desmond Child, Norwegian star Raven, the first female recording artist since Cher to duet with Meat Loaf, “is perfect for the song because she’s a real personality. She’s mystical, she’s dark; she’s icy but she’s warm; she’s fun but she’s also really deep. She was meant to do it.”

And about the albums, he said: “Bat Out of Hell albums are really renegade records; when they come out they are never like anything else.” And of the latest addition: “Meat Loaf saw a door open to a new style that is the future of Bat Out of Hell. He wears all of his emotions on the outside.”

With this, Meat Loaf agreed: “I took all the songs a little more personal; I became more internal on this record, (and) there were less character studies.”

Seven songs on the album were written by Jim Steinman, producer of Bat Out of Hell II, and principal songwriter of the first two albums in the trilogy.

His involvement follows the resolution of a lawsuit over the Bat out of Hell trademark between himself and his longtime friend and collaborator Meat Loaf. The two came to an amicable agreement that ensured that Steinman’s music would be a continuing part of the Bat out of Hell legacy.

Bat Out of Hell III also includes songs by Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), John 5 (Marilyn Manson), and Marti Frederiksen (a contributing Aerosmith songwriter).

As well as Raven, other co-starring vocal and instrumental performers on the album include original Bat 1 producer Todd Rundgren (vocals and vocal arrangements); Steve Vai, on the Gothic thriller Land of the Pigs; and the legendary Brian May of Queen, on a revival of Steinman’s song Bad For Good.

The two previous albums in the series have sold an estimated 45 million copies to date around the world. Bat Out of Hell, the immortal and genre-transforming original, released in 1977, with songs by Jim Steinman and production by Todd Rundgren, went 10 x Platinum in the UK.

It included the Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman signature hits Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, and the show-stopping Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.

The second installment, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, released in 1993, included the classic international chart-topper I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), and earned Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance.

Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) were the number one UK album and single of 1993. The album went on to sell over 2 million copies in the UK alone, and over 15 million worldwide.

Meat Loaf has also appeared in a number of films – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (as Eddie); Roadie, Fight Club, Wayne’s World, Out of Bounds, The Squeeze and Leap of Faith. At the outset of his performing career, he also appeared on stage in Hair in Los Angeles, Detroit and on Broadway.

Read our review of Bat Out Of Hell III