A real Dead Ringer for singer Meat Loaf

Thursday 28th February, 2013 – Palace Theatre, Newark

Having been given the opportunity to go to the Palace Theatre, Newark, to see Steve Steinman’s The Meat Loaf Story, and never having been before, I had no idea what to expect.

As the foyer began to fill, it all looked very civil with a gentle buzz of expectancy and some smartly dressed people, somehow different to what I imagined for a Meat Loaf tribute.When the lights went down there was as impressive an opening to a concert that I had ever seen.

The curtain was pulled away and we were treated to a big dramatic opening with Steve and his band exploding into life and straight into Life’s A Lemon.

You could see the audience starting to warm up as All Revved Up and Took The Words (Right Out Of My Mouth) followed.

The performance continued with Steve, of Newark, pictured right, telling The Meat Loaf story with his music and his excellent rapport with many of the fans who had obviously seen him before.

The staging was as good as any major concert and the backing band and singers were superb.

Guitar, piano and drum solos were mixed into the whole range of favourites including Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Crying Out Loud and Anything For Love.

With Dead Ringer For Love and a host of others highlighted by a fabulous solo from Emily Clark, the show was brought to a dramatic climax with Bat Out Of Hell.

Steve, who sounded just like Meat Loaf, and the band put together a thoroughly professional show that had everyone standing, dancing and rocking, right to the end.

Steve is a true artist and proved that like 20 years earlier, he is not just a star in his eyes but a star in everyone’s eyes. I for one will be back for more — KW.