Meat Loaf — Bat Out of Hell: The Original Tour

01 Great Boleros of Fire 3:35 Jim Steinman
02 Bat Out of Hell 11:02 Jim Steinman
03 You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) 6:04 Jim Steinman
04 Love and Death and an American Guitar 3:14 Jim Steinman
05 All Revved Up With No Place To Go 7:50 Jim Steinman
06 Paradise By the Dashboard Light 27:44 Jim Steinman
07 Introducing the Band 4:32
08 Johnny B. Goode 6:42 Chuck Berry
09 River Deep, Mountain High 5:22 Elly Greenwich / Jeff Barry / Phil Spector
10 Johnny B. Goode (reprise) / encore break 4:08 Chuck Berry
11 Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad 7:52 Jim Steinman
12 All Revved Up With No Place To Go (reprise) 2:00 Jim Steinman
Interview with Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman 14:00

This concert from the Stadthalle Offenbach in Germany was filmed in June 1978 for the German Rockpalast TV series and perfectly captures the raw excitement of the original Bat Out Of Hell tour with Meat Loaf dominating the stage. The album’s songwriter Jim Steinman supplies piano and narration and Karla DeVito has a prominent role as Meat Loaf’s vocal sparring partner. Most of the tracks frome the album are featured alongside covers of “Johhny B Goode” and “River Deep, Mountain High”. The disc also includes a bonus interview filmed at the time with Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman.

Meat Loaf: Vocals
Jim Steinman: Piano, Backing Vocals
Karla DeVito: Female Lead and Backing Vocals

Bruce Kulick: Guitar
Bob Kulick: Guitar
Paul Glanz: Keyboards
Steve Buslowe: Bass
Joe Stefko: Drums
Rory Dodd: Backing Vocals

Stadthalle Offenbach, Germany — June 11th, 1978

For WDR/Studio Hamburg
Technical Director: Ernst Hoeller
Vision Mix: Brigitte Mann
Production Manager: Wilhelm Lang
Director: Christian Wagner
Executive Producers: Peter Ruechel

For Eagle Rock Entertainment
Product Manager: Matt Friedman
Audio Co-ordinator: Andy McIntyre
Production Co-ordinators: Rosie Holley, Claire Higgins and Mark Fossit
Executive Producers: Terry Shand and Geoff Kempin

Label Cat.No. F. Y. C. Notes
1 Eagle Vision / Cleveland Int. EREDV765 DVD 2009 DE
2 Eagle Vision / Cleveland Int. EREDV765GV DVD 2009 ? “Live at Rockpalast”

Johnny B Goode


Well, down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans
Way back up on the woods among the evergreens
Stood a little cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
He never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play guitar just like a ringin’ a bell

Johnny Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Johnny B. Goode....

He used to carry his guitar in a gurny sack
Sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Listenin’ to the music that the driver played
Sittin’ there, playin’ all alone in the shade
Many people passin’ from miles around
Oh my that little country boy can put ‘em down

Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Ooh! Johnny B Goode....

Well, mamma told him, someday you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
Many people comin’ from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun goes down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
"Johnny B. Goode tonight"

I say go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Ooh! Johnny B. Goode

I say go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Ooh! Johnny B. Goode....

River Deep, Mountain High

Ladies and gentlemen, we got an idol. His name is mister Phil Spector. 1968, recorded this tune, with the one, the only, the hardest working woman in show-business, miss Tina Turner. Ladies and gentlemen, the brothers Kulick rendition, River Deep, Mountain High.

Boy: When you were a young girl did you have a rag doll?
The only doll you’ve ever owned?
Now I love just the way you loved that rag doll
Only now our love has grown

And it gets stronger in every way
Girl:And it gets deeper baby, let me say
Boy:And it gets higher
Both:Day by day

And do I love you? My oh my!
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry?
Oh, how I love you baby, baby baby

Girl: When you were a young boy did you have a puppy?
Always followed you around, yeah?
Well, I’m gonna be as faithfull as that puppy, baby
You know I’m never gonna let you down

And it gets stronger in every way
Boy:And it gets sweeter baby, let me say
Girl:And it gets higher, baby
Both:Day by day

And do I love you? My oh my!
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry?
Oh, I love you baby, baby baby....

Boy:I love you baby like a flower loves the spring
Girl:And I love you baby just like a robin loves to sing
Boy:And I love you baby like a schoolboy loves his bag
Girl:And I love you baby, river deep and mountain high
Both:Baby–baby–oh baby–baby–oh baby baby hey hey yeah yeah

Do I love you? My oh my!
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry?
Oh, I love you baby, baby baby baby....

Do I love you? My oh my!
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, I love you baby, baby baby

Do I love you? My oh my!
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, I love you baby, baby baby baby....

It was long ago and it was far away; and it was so much better than it is today… is the perfect lyric from Bat Out Of Hell to describe this monumental album and tour by Meat Loaf with music and lyrics by Jim Steinman

I saw a show from this tour on July 25, 1978 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles about a month after this DVD was filmed in Frankfurt, Germany on June 11. After 30+ years, it still holds up as one of the best concert performances ever. With the incredible vocal/performance by Meat Loaf and song writing/performance by Jim Steinman, these two gentlemen mad rock and roll history. Produced by Todd Rundgren Bat Out Of Hell is the third best selling album of all time at 43+ million worldwide, only eclipsed by Michael Jackson’s Thriller and AC/DC’s Back In Black.

Both coming from the NY theater world, Meat met Jim while auditioning for the Joseph Papp production of More Than You Deserve. After Meat stole the show singing the Steinman title track, the relationship was born and Jim started writing songs for Meat.

In the early 70s, they put together a demo of their songs and shopped it to the record labels for about a year. Nobody was interested. Nobody understood it. They were also unable to find a producer that understood it until they played it for Todd Rundgren. Todd immedieatly understood whatthey were attempting to accomplish having completed several concept albums himself.

Bat Out Of Hell is a single creative work. Though this album is a collection of songs, the album has a beginning, middle and end. Like Dark Side Of The Moon, Sgt. Pepper and Quadrophenia, these albums are works of art as a whole. In today’s world of singles and track downloads this essence of creating an album in its entirety has been all but forgotten. And it was so much better than it is today — Jim Steinman. I wish musicians would respect and embrace this style of creating albums more than they do today.

Starting with the demo, Todd Rundgrenn produced the album with all of his wonderful magic, layering additional tracks, bringing out the best of everyone involved, adding his own tracks and tricks, like the motorcycle sounds from his guitar. After completing the album, their manager David Sonnenberg again tried shopping it without any takers for over a year until it was presented to Steve Popovich, founder of Cleveland International Records, who reportedly made the deal after hearing only the first 20 seconds of You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth according to Jim Steinman. The album was released on October 21, 1977 and the rest is history, pardon the cliché. If you are really interested in the evolution of this album, you should watch the Bat Out Of Hell/Classic Albums release also from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Bat Out Of Hell — People either hate it or worship it! — Meat Loaf

The show opens with Jim Steinman’s instrumental introductionm titled Great Boleros Of Fire. This song was not on the original album, but added as a live bonus track on the re-released version currently available on CD. This intro leads into the title track, Bat Out Of Hell (also the lead track on the CD) and Meat Loaf starts the show with an energy that’s just a taste of what’s to follow.

Next up is the high energy You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth starting with a dramatic interaction between Jim and Karla DeVito called Hot Summer Night. Another cute Steinman story follows and leads into All Revved Up With No Place To Go. I don’t know about you, but I find myself singing along with most all of these songs.

Karla deserves her credit as the female lead in this dramatic and comedic staging. On the album, it was Ellen Foley singing the female parts. And in the music video of Paradise By the Dashboard Light, it was Ellen singing and Karla performing the visuals. But on this DVD, it is all Karla!

The encore ballad, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, demonstrates the incredible collaboration between the musicianship of Jim Steinman and the soulful vocal performance by Meat Loaf. Then they segue in the high energy reprise of All Revved Up With No Place To Go and Meat Loaf’s attempt to do a flip on stage… if you turn it up, I guarantee it will get you out of your seat and dancing…

Also included as a bonus on this DVD is an interview with Meat and Jim shot just before the show in Germany. Jim provides insight into the inspiration behind the making of Bat Out Of Hell and Meat explains the evolution of the band and his background. Be sure to check it out…

During a performance in Ottowa after the shows in Germany and L.A., Meat broke his leg. He continued to tour, reportedly playing the Nassau Coliseum in New York from a wheelchair and ultimately cancelling the rest of this tour. This DVD is a piece of history not to be forgotten, but to be revered for all that it represents.

—Matt Friedman