Concert Review: Meat Loaf at the State Theatre

Meat Loaf is an entertainer in the old-fashioned sense of the word. The guy knows how to work a crowd, something that was readily apparent during last night’s two-hour show at the State Theatre. The performance wasn’t a terrific one — Meat Loaf didn’t select his best songs and often sounded out of sync with the band. But thanks to pure showmanship, he appeared to have the near-capacity crowd enthralled for most of the night.
During the middle of “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” for example, the guy went on a tangent about how his grandfather once told him to “give you everything you got.” That, in turn, inspired him to approach his live performances in that manner. “When I walk onto this stage, I am willing to die for you,” he said rather dramatically as he then chastised the patrons sitting in the upper deck of the venue for not standing during his performance like the fans sitting on the lower level. The fans that were sitting instantly got to their feet — Meat Loaf has that uncanny ability to inspire people.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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