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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,
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
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