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Meat Loaf
A Concert Review

July 9, 1994

The New World
Music Theatre

Tinley Park, IL

A Review by
The Dude on the Left &
The Dude on the Right
Photos by
The Dude on the Right
Archive Photo
The Dude on the Right
From the Penthouse to the Outhouse, everyone seemed to come from who knows where to see Meat Loaf. Me, I've counted that I've seen Meat Loaf five times, from a little bar called Biddy Mulligan's on the north side to the cavernous cave called the World Music Theatre, and I must say, if it wasn't for the penthouse crowd, his last show was just as great as the first one I saw. He covered most every song from his last two albums, and brought some fireworks and more lights, but it's still his seeming to try to touch everyone in the crowd that makes the "not as big" man well worth it to see. He does more than just stand up there and sing his songs, he makes every one a production, he exemplifies what an entertainer should be. It was just unfortunate that the penthouse crowd was there, because they took all the seats the true Meat Loaf fans should have been in. Give them the few songs that made Mr. Loaf a name for himself and they were all up cheering and screaming, but give them an "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" and it was the true Meat Loaf fans who stood out of the crowd.

My only disappointment is the lack of any material from in between Bat Out of Hell I and BOOH II. Believe it or not, there are over four albums between the two, with some pretty good material mixed in there, but he's neglected all of them on this tour. But, even so Meat Loaf gets, from me, TWO THUMBS UP!!! It was another action packed show, and even though the crowd didn't always keep going, Meat wouldn't stop.

Archive Photo
The Dude on the Left
Ahhhh, it wasn't too long ago we went and saw Meat at the Riviera Night Club. And boy do I wish he would have returned there. I hate the World Music Theatre! And that will be covered shortly, but Meat did as he normally did and put on one hell of a show. It is too bad that all I kept hearing was the guy behind me telling me to sit down! Meat Loaf is a man that commands his audience like a conductor commands an orchestra. Just too bad that all the REAL Meat fans had to sit in the lawn cuz ticket prices were so steep. A Meat Loaf concert is an experience just like a Dead show. If you haven't been to either show, I would highly recommend it. Anyhoo, I thought that the Ravinia crowds were lame, well this show took the icing off the cake. Not only was I asked about a hundred times to sit down during the show, but then the guy has the gall to ask me, "What is the name of that song?" Too bad this guy didn't get sick or something and couldn't have bothered me during the show. Joining Mr. Loaf on stage as one of his backup singers was his daughter, Pearl. Hubba Hubba! But, I would surely be a tad timid going over to her house knowing how alive with energy Meat is. And I thought that normally the father was worried what the date would look like and not the date worried about what the father would look like! Oh well, minus the crowd problems and my hatred for The World, Meat is still one of my favorite performers and I give him TWO BIG OLE THUMBS UP!


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