Where do I start with Meat Loaf? He has been a constant in my life, I have listened to him growing up and my love for him has only grown and grown over the years. I have so many memories which involve his music, what can I say he is one of my idols and his music has pulled me back and helped me through hard times. My memories include dancing at my aunts wedding in Australia, spending an awesome day in Ardgillan Castle with a bunch of my mum and dads friends watching him perform for the very first time, bonding with my cousin and coming full circle seeing him in his fair well tour of Europe with that same cousin. To me he is just something so different to any other singer I love. He takes rock in a new direction with his romantic side to all the music.
His career spans a whopping 46 years, 13 studio albums, he has acted in stage plays such as Hair in the 70's, he has stared in big screen productions like The Rocky Horror Pictur Show and Fight Club, TV apperiences in shows such as South Park and Glee and his album Bat Out Of Hell has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as a platinum album fourteen times over! We all know (or should know) there is so much more than just Bat Out Of Hell when it comes to Meat loaf there is a reason he is a legend in the music world. There is a reason he is on every rock combination album released, he has over come adversity in his like, ups and downs and he still comes out on top! His career has been built on this opera style of songs, he has so much emotion in everything he sings and the pairing of Jim Steinman as the producer and writer with Meat Loaf is a combination that is mind blowing.
Bat Out of Hell
1) Bat Out of Hell
2) You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
3) All Revved Up With No Place To Go
4) Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
5) Paradise By The Dashboard Light
6) For Crying Out Loud
Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
1) I'd Do Antyhing For Love (But I Won't Do That)
2) Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back
3) Rock And Roll Dreams Cone Through
4) It Just Won't Quit
5) Out of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)
6) Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
7) Wasted Youth
8) Everything Louder Than Everything Else
9) Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)
10) Back Into Hell
11) Lost Boys And Golden Girls
Bat Out of Hell III : The Monster Is Loose
1) The Monster Is Loose
2) Blind As A Bat
3) It's All Coming Back To Me Now
4) Bad For Good
5) Cry Over Me
6) In The Land of The Pig, The Butcher Is King
9) If God Could Talk
10) If It Ain't Broke, Break It
11) What About Love?
12) Seize The Night
13) The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
14) Cry To Heaven
I attended my first Meat Loaf concert in 2005 for his Hair of the Dog Tour and I have to say it was one of the best days of my life. I had always idolized this man and my parents took me to see him and hear all my favourite songs, I think that was when I fell in love with concerts. It was in Ardgillan Castle in county Dublin on a hill with the stage backing onto the lake, it was a lovely day with the sun beaming down (I even got sun burnt!) and some rocking music. My love of music comes from this amazing man!
My second concert was with my cousin back in 2013 for his Last At Bat Farewell Tour. This had to be the best concert ever in the history of Meat Loaf, He had no supporting acts and he split the concert into two acts. The first act was all of his hits from all his albums and in the second act he performed the entire Bat Out of Hell album in order. He may have been old but he still gave everything he had to the concerts he performed. The dedication he gave to his performance showed that he loved his fans and he wanted to give them something to remember, and I have to say it is one concert I will never forget.
Okay so after all my rambling about him I should really get you some music. So here we have it, my favourite songs and some of his biggest hits!
That is only eight songs and I have to try and restrain myself because I could go on for days and days with this post but I think I may have to revisit Meat Loaf for another Band Appreciation post at a later day. So if you have made it to the end of this post I applaud you and I hope I have shown yo the awesomeness that is Meat Loaf!