DVD Review – Meat Loaf: Guilty Pleasure
When I was just a wee lad, back in the late 1970′s, Bat Out Of Hell was one of the few albums that all of the girls seemed to love. And really, who could blame them?
I mean, who in their right mind (young child or adult) hasn’t been moved at some point listening to the back and forth banter in “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” or dreamed of being on the receiving end of a kiss in “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth” or slow danced to “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”?
As a friend of mine once told me: “If this doesn’t get your feet moving son, you’re dead!”
Which brings me to real meat of this discussion: Guilty Pleasure; a concert DVD recorded during Meat’s 2011 tour of Australia. Having never had the chance to see Meat Loaf do his thing live before, this was a real treat.
Let’s be honest, it’s been more than three decades since ‘Bat Out of Hell’ and Meat’s vocals are obviously nowhere near what they once were. But long time fans of the big man will still find this DVD worthwhile because of the quality performances of his backing band as well as an interesting behind the scenes interview with Meat and other members of his crew.
Perhaps the highlight of this DVD is the rousing sermon Meat Loaf gives at midpoint of one of the songs. One where he not only controls the band but is also literally able to control the volume of the crowd simply by raising and lowering his hands. Regardless of what you might think about his vocal prowess, no one can argue that this man is one talented entertainer.Continued on the next page