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Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell Live with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Feature preview)



Preview: Jack Foley

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette; Q&A with Meat Loaf; Pre-Show Ritual; Commentary track by Meat Loaf; Photo gallery

MULTI-million selling rock legend Meat Loaf releases the Bat Out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra DVD on Warner Music Vision on October 18, 2004.

The DVD was filmed over two nights, on February 20 and 22, 2004, in Melbourne, Australia, where Meat Loaf performed with the internationally renowned Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor/arranger, Keith Levinson.

While Meat Loaf’s concert performances have always been grand in scale, Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra may very well document his most spectacular production to date.

Captured by award-winning director, Michael Simon, the show includes everything from dancers to drummers to a choir that, along with the full 60-piece orchestra, complements the legendary performer’s hard-rocking band and underscores Meat Loaf’s unique vocal style.

It is this powerful combination of dramatic forces, from symphony to opera to Broadway musical to arena rock, which lends a vibrant new perspective to Meat Loaf’s long list of well-known classic songs, resulting in a highly entertaining live concert experience for the viewer that, in true Meat Loaf fashion, is quite simply second to none.

This is the ultimate realisation that one imagines when listening to Meat Loaf’s epic songs.

The DVD includes the hits Bat Out Of Hell, Dead Ringer, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Paradise By The Dashboard Light and I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and many others, all of which are presented in crystal clear Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

The DVD also includes a featurette, interview, photo gallery and track-by-track commentary by Meat Loaf.

Says the singer: "Ever since Bat Out Of Hell was recorded, I always envisioned performing these songs with an orchestra. It may have taken 25 years to finally realize the opportunity but I think it was well worth the wait."

Dallas born Marvin Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf, was propelled into stardom with the success of his 1977 Bat Out Of Hell album, which sold in excess of 30 millions copies and is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest charting album in British pop music history.

He teamed up with songwriter, Jim Steinmen, to record an album that was pure rock melodrama, a teen rock opera, which produced three massive hit singles and became one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

Meat Loaf’s success continued with the release of his second album, Dead Ringer, which was followed by three more studio albums throughout the eighties.

In 1993, Meat Loaf and Steinmen teamed up again for the much awaited and anticipated sequel Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell which has sold in excess of 15 million copies world-wide and produced the colossal international hit I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) which went Number 1 in 28 different countries.

In 2002, Meat Loaf released the Couldn’t Have Said It Better album, which debuted in the top 5 on the UK Album Chart, and contained all his trademark rock operatic grandeur and power ballads, including the epic single and title track Couldn’t Have Said It Better.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is famous for its performances of the great symphonic masterworks with leading international soloists, and for its appearances with The Three Tenors, Frank Sinatra, Kiri Te Kanawa, Elton John, John Farnham, the rock band KISS, Dionne Warwick, and now Meat Loaf.

Under the guidance of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Markus Stenz, the orchestra has gained a reputation for excellence, versatility, innovation and international recognition, with overseas tours to the United States of America, Canada, Japan, Korea, Europe, China and most recently, St Petersburg, Russia.

A companion live album from the same concerts, titled Bat Out of Hell Live with the Melbourne Symphony, will be simultaneously released in the UK on Mercury Records on the October 18.

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