All Meat and no Loaf: Rock Icon Bats Big at Planet Hollwood

In Christine on The Scene by Christine McKellar

The RockTellz & CockTails media and VIP party last Thursday night at meat and steckPlanet Hollywood was filled with stars, bars, bats, meatloaf and…Meat Loaf. Grammy Award winner and definitive rock star Meat Loaf will be  performing three nights a week in the Planet Hollywood Showroom as the debut headliner for the RockTellz & CockTails rock ‘n’ roll concert series presented by Adam Steck, CEO of *SPI Entertainment.

 It was only fitting at the  pre-show party that among the hand-passed appetizers of chicken sliders, peaches and feta cheesecools and christine bites and ahi tuna tacos, there were also slices of meatloaf on focaccia bread. This apt appetizer lent itself to an absolutely innocent double entendre.

While chatting with a group that included Anthony Cools and Douglas Leferovitch, I was asked a question.  My mumbled and honest answer, “Sorry, but I have a mouthful of meatloaf,” evoked groans and exclamations of “that’s just wrong!” Had we been on our toes, I imagine someone would have piped up with “But, I won’t do that!”

Thus, the stage is set for Meat Loaf as he takes audiences on an interactive journey through his 47-year music, stage and film career. Fans will learn firsthand how Meat Loaf came by his now-famous moniker.The show is all meat and no loaf with two scorching, hell-bent and hot blonde backup singers vocally egging the 66-year-old rocker on during a number of his top hits including; “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t do That)”, “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights,” and “Bat Out of Hell.” 

Meat Loaf mixes the new with the old as he fumbles with a programmed and synced iPad during an audience Q&A. Between video clips and personal stories, he occasionally steps aside for on-stage clowns, tap dancers, acrobats and a juggler who spoof vintage Vegas acts. There are interactive electronic bats waiting on wings above the audience for a finale that includes Meat and company shooting t-shirts into the audience from hand held canisters.  

Meat Loaf still has a lot of the vocal passion and power he displayed in the chart busting 1971 album, “Bat Out of Hell.” Although I felt he waffled a bit on “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights”, and for some reason “Two Out of Three” was omitted last Thursday night, when it comes to making rafters shake and demons dance, Meat Loaf  doesn’t stop right there, he goes all the way. – Christine McKellar

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday, Sept. 26 to Nov. 5. Tickets are $69, $89, $109 and $149 plus tax and applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased at the Planet Hollywood Box Office, at (702) 785-5395 or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or http://www.tickets-online.com/. For more information and a complete show schedule, visit www.RockTellz.com.
 
*SPI Entertainment has partnered with the GRAMMY Foundation® to benefit high school music programs in the Las Vegas community. A portion of every ticket sold to RockTellz & CockTails will go directly to the GRAMMY Foundation to help support its GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award program.