Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Meat Loaf Turns Back the Clock

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Meat Loaf Turns Back the Clock

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Byline: Tony Johnstone

Meatloaf, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle BAT Out of Hell stormed into the charts in 1977, and the album remains one of the best-selling of all time.

The promise of hearing it performed by American rocker Meat Loaf on stage, in the same order as the original record, brought thousands of fans to the Newcastle Arena on Friday night.

It was the first night of the Last at Bat tour, which sees the 65-year-old pack in 17 dates through Britain, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Texan has suffered well-documented health problems in the past. His last Newcastle Arena performance in 2007 saw him walk off stage after an hour, announcing he was going to retire.

As he bounded on stage and launched into the first act songs, which were always going to be a prelude to the main event, a sympathetic audience willed him to hang on in there.

A Dead Ringer for Love was the highlight, but the gig only really exploded into life as the opening chords to the album's title song kicked-off the second half. …

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