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Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose
Meat Loaf’s latest album, Bat out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose, suffered a tumultuous path to completion. Instigated by longtime collaborator Jim Steinman, a lawsuit complicated the collaboration and the final album is a mix of Steinman songs and new creations. But Meat Loaf has been on the road performing the new songs in concert and found the fans excited about the new tunes.
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“They’ve reacted really well and the reviews of the shows have been fantastic,” said Meat Loaf. “I just read something where we just did New York and Toronto, there were eight reviews and seven of them were raves. The other one, you know. In London I saw five and four of those, so we’re in good shape and the album, the chart numbers that came today [November 8] are eight in the united states and three in Canada and wherever it’s been released, it’s been in the top 10. So I think that, and word of mouth is carrying it. In some of the countries, it’s moving up in the charts and it’s based on word of mouth. If you go like to Amazon and read the 60+ reviews they’ve got, that pretty much tells you how people are responding.”
Of the Steinman songs on the album, Bad for Good comes from Steinman’s solo effort from the early ‘80s. Meat Loaf put a new twist on it, but rejected the idea of doing another Steinman song, Dance in My Pants. “I don’t like that song. I think it’s just trying to be a copy of Paradise and Jimmy knows I don’t like it.”
Meat Loaf experienced a major comeback in 1993 with the release of Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Having avoided fading away a second time, Bat Out of Hell III is a less dramatic success.
“Bat II was dramatic because you had that song, Anything for Love, that was number one in 28 countries. When that happened, it pushed the album to number one everywhere. This one is kind of reacting and acting more like Bat out of Hell did in a sense. I’m thrilled and over the moon to have a top 10 album every place it’s been released. It hasn’t been released yet in southern Europe and South Africa and Asia. They’re still setting that up and still going.”
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