As previously announced, Remember Jones is planning to pay tribute to the late Meat Loaf with shows featuring the hit 1977 album Bat Out of Hell in its entirety (plus other songs) at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal. But there are several important updates.
First, a 7 p.m. May 1 show has been added to the previously announced ones on April 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets to all three shows went on sale Jan. 28; visit axelrodartscenter.com.
Also, two of Remember Jones’ guests have been announced: Max Weinberg, the E Street Band drummer who played on three of the album’s seven songs (“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” in addition to the title track); and Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Weiner.
Weinberg will play the entire Bat Out of Hell album — for the first time ever — at the shows, with Joe Bellia of The Weeklings playing drums on the show’s other songs.
In addition to Weinberg and Weiner, more guests will be added.
According to a press release, VIP tickets will include “admission to a post-show reception and curated interview with Weinberg and Jones as they discuss never before told stories of the Bat Out of Hell studio sessions and more.”
Meat Loaf died Jan. 20, at the age of 74. In a New York Times article posted online on Jan. 22, Weinberg praised Meat Loaf as a performer, saying “Whatever he did, he committed to it. And in committing to it, he made it real for you.”
He also said the album’s songwriter, Jim Steinman, told him to play “like an out-of-control teenager.”
With more than 44 million copies sold (and three Top 40 singles via “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”), Bat Out of Hell is the fourth best-selling album, ever.
Here is a video of Remember Jones performing the Bat Out of Hell song, “For Crying Out Loud.”
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