• Thank you for an amazing evening in Worcester last night! As a longstanding Meatloaf fan I’d booked for 9 of us to come and see you. I was little apprehensive as although I could be certain I’d have a great night given how much I love what you sing, I was unsure what others would think. No need to have worried, it was amazing, the messages flying around last night after the show said it all, what a top night! Your and Mrs Loud’s (and your (‘Geetar’ist’s) voices are incredible and your musicians superb. I really love a tribute band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously, your audience interaction and band interaction was perfect & lovely, we could honestly have stayed for hours longer. Anyway, I guess you can tell we enjoyed it so thank you again.

Amazing Night at the Swan Theatre , Worcester

Helen and Friends

We have been talking about Cover versions and Tribute bands.
I mentioned that I have been to see a few Tribute groups and that unlike any Original band that might mess around a bit on a live performance, the Tribute band usually has to play the song exactly as it would sound on the original recording. Usually they do this very well and the audience really appreciates this to be as authentic as is possible.

However, last night I went to Evesham to see a Tribute band called Meatloud. This was a real "Live" performance and far more of a "Show" than any other tribute band I have ever seen before.

Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell album is what I call a modern Opera. It tells a story of a man and his experiences with love. One track follows the other and is a next chapter of the Story.

Meatloud staged a full version of the "Bat out of Hell" album in the 2nd half of their performance, albeit not in the correct order. But it mattered not, in so far as it meant that the final track used was perfect for a concert ending crescendo final track being "You took the words right out of my mouth". More importantly for the lead singer Mr Loud (Andy Plimmer), he could perform tracks in an order that were far less punishing on his wonderful voice, allowing him to give us the 3 songs encore, demanded by the audience!

I have to say that this is without doubt the best Tribute band I have ever seen by a very long way and would urge anybody to go and see Meatloud, if they get the opportunity. It is as close as possible to the original experience, plus a show performance that gets everybody involved in the experience and fun of it all.t this item. Give people the info they need to go ahead and take the action you want. 

The Best Tribute band I have ever seen!!!!

Audience member at Evesham Arts Centre

Released on October 21st 1977, Meatloaf’s epic marking album Bat out of Hell would go onto be one of the most commercially successful albums of all times. Fusing the stage presence and mighty lung-power of Meatloaf, with the florid piano, keyboards, and song-writing talents of Jim Steinman Bat out of Hell blended screaming heavy metal guitar, with rock solid bass and drums, and almost baroque keyboard techniques to produce music that was effortlessly tuneful, technically demanding, and against the prevailing musical trends of disco and punk that were also popular at the time.

The tribute band, Meat-Loud gave Bat out of Hell and many of Meatloaf’s other songs some fine interpretation when they played at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday 22nd October, forty years, almost to the day since Bat out of Hell was released.

The group, led by Andy Plimmer on vocals also consisted of bassist Rob Norman, guitarist Jonathan Walters, Henry Salmon on piano and keyboards, drummer Marc Garfield and Paula Tuckley on vocals. The second half of the concert consisted of Bat out of Hell performed in its entirety, whilst the first half consisted of such well known Meatloaf songs as I’d Lie for you (And that’s the truth) Dead Ringer for Love and Life is a lemon and I want my money back, whilst Paula Tuckley was allowed some time in the spotlight for her version of Marc Coen’s Walking in Memphis, and Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.

The musical pedigree of all of the player’s was in evidence throughout the concert, with the dextrous guitar and keyboard playing reaching the same high standards of the album. Performing one of the most popular and well known albums of all time is always a risk for any band, but the group put very few wrong notes into such pieces as Paradise by the, Two out of Three ain’t bad, Bat out of Hell, or the ballad Heaven Can Wait.

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Meat Loud at Guildhall Lichfield

Review by Ben Macnair Sunday 22nd October

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