Meat Loaf turns back the clock in Milwaukee
Meat Loaf returned to Milwaukee stopping for a night on the “Mad Mad” World Tour at the historic downtown Riverside Theater. The hard rock musician, having sold more than 30 million copies of his smash hit Bat Out of Hell and spending over nine years on the charts, shook the foundations of downtown Milwaukee with his legendary vocals.
“64 years and I’m still standing here!” The powerhouse of an act, Meat Loaf, yelled in addition to many other comical and entertaining quotes between songs
Opening for Meat Loaf was singer-songwriter Katrina. Accompanied by her guitarist, Katrina sang her heart out to some slow paced vocal concentrated songs including a cover of Etta James’ “At Last,” getting amazing crowd applause. You’d have never guessed such a big voice could come from such a small body. Whether it was high or low, Katrina could hold any note and put on a flawless show.
Her perfect sized half hour set filled with songs and stories of her growing up and getting signed did wonders to warm the crowd for Meat Loaf.
Throughout the night Meat Loaf was more than a musician, he was also an entertainer and quite the comic. His looks are scary, his vocals destructive, and his energy through the roof. Meat Loaf was unstoppable.
Supporting Meat Loaf is a band of many talents. Adding to the hard rock style of Meat Loaf were keyboards, and even a saxophone to spice things up. It’s almost like a rock band with some light jazz and pop sprinkled in.
As each song went by, Meat Loaf got more and more into the act, not letting up for anything. Taking a short break a few songs into his set, Meat Loaf slowly started “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” with a short story explaining how the song came to life back in the early ’70′s.
Joined by supporting singer Patti Russo, Meat Loaf performed an exceptional extended version of “Paradise By the Dashboard Light”. Arguably one of Meat Loaf’s best songs, he and Patti had the entire theater on the feet dancing around to the two-part smash hit from ‘77. These two played off each other’s antics and together added a nice dynamic and fresh change up to an already stiller show.
2012’s Hell In A Handbasket also got a lot of praise at the Milwaukee show; almost as much as what he produced back on Bat Out of Hell. Just goes to show his continued talent and dedication to the lifelong fans that supported him on his musical ride.
Meat Loaf’s performance was more than just a concert full of music; it was a widely entertaining event. Using his acting skills and being somewhat of a comedian at times, fans experienced all Meat Loaf has to offer.
After many tours Meat Loaf is still going strong. “Mad Mad” World Tour continues on through October across the United States.