It seems there’s a bit of excitement building over Meat Loaf’s semi-official confirmation that he’s coming to Belfast and Dublin later this year, as part of his ‘Last At Bat’ farewell tour. While we all wait for either MCD or Aiken to confirm the shows, let’s see what accessories gig goers will need in order to pay homage to the Loaf one last time.
1: A Jim Steinman – Very popular in the late seventies, remained strong in the early eighties and made a shockingly good come back in the early nineties. Every true Meat Loaf fan will want one for the shows in May or you’ll feel left out. Just try and remain friends at the end of the night.
2: A leather jacket – Classic in every sense. Not only does it make a wonderful rugged accessory for any gig goer, large or small. It’ll also keep the fires of hell at bay as you soar through them towards heaven on your Harley chopper (with yer moth giving ye grief from the back.)
3: A Cher – If you want to have a good duet to ‘Dead Ringer For Love’, make sure you bring your own Cher. Every time someone assumes there’ll be some spare Cher’s knocking about a M.L. gig, they end up being seriously disappointed. Remember though, a Cher is for life, not just for Meat Loaf.
4: (box of) Red handkerchief(s) – Doubtful you’ll manage to hold onto just one for the night. Do an Elvis and make your Cher or Jim Steinman carry spares for you so you can pass them out to fellow Loaf enthusiasts while walking around the venue. May get you a free drink…. or a box to the head. Either way – story sorted.
5: Indian / Harley Davidson Chopper – The ultimate in Meat Loaf styling and accessorising. There might be some bother getting it past security but the sounds of 14,000 engines revving up during ‘Bat Out of Hell’ will make it all worthwhile.
6: Frilly Tuxedo shirt – Although the Loaf keeps his own fashion up to date, there’s no reason his fans should change. A frilly tux shirt is just the job for this gig and nothing else would look right under the leathers, sat on chopper with Cher and Jim Steinman at your side.
Finally, 7: Willpower. You need to be in a position where you can honestly say ‘I will not do that’ no matter what – especially if it’s something you’d normally do anything for. With all this you’ll be ripe and primed for the Meat Loaf experience to end all experiences. Oh, and the reason there’s only seven is because B.O.Of H. only has seven tracks – ya see, smart. ….no fun in that now that it’s written.
The legendary singer hits European shores in two months. TT would advise paying your respects one last time,
Meat Loaf – Last At Bat Farewell Tour 2013
- Apr 05 – Newcastle, Metro Arena
- Apr 07 – Glasgow, SECC
- Apr 10 – London, The O2
- Apr 12 – Birmingham, LG Arena
- Apr 14 – Nottingham, Capital Fm Arena
- Apr 17 – Manchester Arena
- Apr 19 – Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
- Apr 21 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
- Apr 25 – Frankfurt, Festhalle
- Apr 28- Berlin, O2 World
- Apr 30 – Munich, Olympiahalle
- May 03 – Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle
- May 05- Hamburg, O2 World
- May 08 – Oberhausen, Konig-Pilsner Arena
- May 14 – Belfast, Venue TBC
- May 17 – Dublin, Venue TBC