If there’s one thing Meat Loaf wants you to know, it’s that he didn’t sit down during ‘Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad’ because he was tired.
The singer made a point before the second encore song to say that being tired wasn’t the issue. He likened sitting, rather than running around, to sitting down to eat a steak rather than “grabbing a hunk off a steer as it runs by” (paraphrasing here).
The Meat wasn’t doing as much running as in years past. He knows he’s getting older, and the 65 year old jokingly drew attention to that fact several times through the course of his two hour set. It’s always good to look at such things with humor.
However something just seemed a little… off… with his performance Saturday night at Mohegan Sun. There was certainly enough physicality to his singing – you could see that in his face and in the power he put into it.
Perhaps that was, in fact, the trouble. Meat Loaf’s been known since the 70′s to have two distinct voices: big, and bigger. Through many songs that giant voice pulled away and overpowered the backing band, pulling things just enough off track, off the rhythm, or off beat. Like having a steer that could certainly win first prize if it would only stop running long enough to grab a hunk off it.
Of course Meat Loaf is theatrical. He’s over exaggerated. He goes off the script. That’s his schtick, and it’s a great one when it hits. It may just be time to dial it back a little bit in the name of quality over intensity.
He managed to keep the set entertaining through some fine storytelling between songs (it’s debatable whether he was truly identified as a ‘sex god’ by maternity ward nurses) and prodding the rather, um, older audience to stand up and sing along. However, a huge projection screen behind the stage was woefully underused, and not used much beyond simply displaying the title of each song.
The backing band was fantastic, with the group of musicians putting on solid rock performances. It all ended with an encore performance of “All Revved Up With No Place To Go” that descended into a “Freebird” cover before Meat Loaf and singing partner Patricia Russo fired t-shirts into the audience with some very metaphoric cannons.
Runnin’ for the Red Light (I Gotta Life)
Dead Ringer For Love
If It Ain’t Broke, Break It
Stand In The Storm
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Living On The Outside
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
The Giving Tree
Mad Mad World
Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through
Bat Out Of Hell
I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad
All Revved Up With No Place To Go
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