Starfish receive rave reviews after their performance of Meatloaf's 'Bat Out of Hell'!
by PAUL CASHMERE on NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Chocolate Starfish reformed in their hometown Melbourne on Halloween night to do something Meat Loaf has been incapable of doing in years … sing Meat Loaf songs.
On Friday night the band were back together for a one-off performance of the Meat Loaf classic ‘Bat Out of Hell’ from start to finish.
Lead singer Adam Thompson captured the sound of ‘Bat Out Of Hell’, especially with the ballads Meat Loaf had struggled and failed with on his last Australian tour.
One of Thompson’s highlights, included in the Bat Out Of Hell set, was actually the Jim Steinman monologue ‘Love and Death and an American Guitar’ from his sole solo album ‘Bad For Good’.
‘Bat Out Of Hell’ is the biggest selling album of all-time in Australia. It has sold over 1.7 million albums placing it above John Farnham’s ‘Whispering Jack’.
‘Bat Out of Hell’ was a flop when it was first released in 1977. The top rating commercial radio at the time, 2SM, Sydney, 3XY, Melbourne and 4IP, Brisbane, completely ignored the theatrical masterpiece. It wasn’t until the album started to receive airplay from 2 Double J, the ABC’s youth station that was only 2-years old at the time, when the audience started to take notice.
Radio began to eventually take notice of the first single ‘You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth’ and Meat Loaf had a top 5 hit in Australia although it only reached no. 39 in the USA and no. 33 in the UK.
Chocolate Starfish performed ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ to a sold-out audience at Melbourne’s Crown