Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock King Still Has It

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock King Still Has It

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Byline: By Rachael Brannan

Live reviews

Meat Loaf, Telewest Arena

Looking fit, despite recent health problems, with closely cropped hair, about 150 pounds lighter than in his 1970s heyday and sporting a loose-fitting black silk outfit, Meat Loaf came hot out of the oven and whetted the collective appetites of the merrymakers in the audience.

With a strange brew of court jester antics, speedy one-liners, audience interaction and hard-to-the-bone rock-operatics, he entertained his faithful for just under two and a half hours.

The wildly expressive singer was in fine voice throughout the show and genuinely worked to entertain - if on his own terms instead of the crowd's.

Personifying showmanship and vocal prowess at its best, Meat Loaf invoked the true spirit of rock `n' roll. Performing all his signature hits, and dueting with the stunning Patti Russo, through the likes of Paradise By The Dashboard Light, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), all of which featured some flirtatious interplay between the two.

The on-stage camaraderie between Meat and his band was amusing, but at times, the bombast threatened to sink the show, as several tunes fizzled, given the ridiculous number of dramatic pauses and slow-tempoed, closing stages that left the arena silent.

Ultimately it seemed a little silly watching a middle-aged man continue to ape teenage lust and small town frustration. Silly was fun though, and that was all Meat Loaf promised to be.

Now, for all those fans that couldn't make it, Meat Loaf had an announcement. Despite his album Couldn't Have Said It Better, released earlier this year, we can now expect Bat 3 in the near future, produced by his legendary Svengali, Jim Steinman.

RACHAEL BRANNAN

EDDIE IZZARD - SEXIE, Telewest Arena

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