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Review: Meat Loud at the Lichfield Guildhall

Released in 1977, Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell would go onto be one of the most commercially successful albums of all time.

Fusing the stage presence and mighty lung-power of Meatloaf, with the florid piano, keyboards, and song-writing talents of Jim Steinman, Bat out of Hell blended screaming heavy metal guitar, with rock solid bass and drums, and almost baroque keyboard techniques to produce music that was effortlessly tuneful, technically demanding, and against the prevailing musical trends of disco and punk that were also popular at the time.

Meat Loud

Meat Loud

The tribute band Meat Loud gave this and many of Meatloaf’s other songs some fine interpretation when they played at Lichfield Guildhall, almost 40 years to the day since the iconic album was released.

The group is led by Andy Plimmer on vocals alongside bassist Rob Norman, guitarist Jonathan Walters, Henry Salmon on keyboards, drummer Marc Garfield and Paula Tuckley on vocals.

The second half of the concert consisted of Bat out of Hell performed in its entirety, while the first half consisted of such well known Meatloaf songs as I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth), Dead Ringer for Love, and Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back, while Paula Tuckley was allowed some time in the spotlight for her version of Marc Coen’s Walking in Memphis and Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.

The musical pedigree of all of the players was in evidence throughout the concert, with the dextrous guitar and keyboard playing reaching the same high standards of the album.

Performing one of the most popular and well known albums of all time is always a risk for any band, but the group put very few wrong notes into such pieces as Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, Bat out of Hell, or the ballad Heaven Can Wait.

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