RIP Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf died Thursday at the age of 74. 2022 isn’t off to a great start, folks.

Most folks recognize Meat Loaf for 1977’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Lights” or, if you’re a generation younger (like myself), 1993’s “I’d Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.

I swore I’d love you to the end of time
So now I’m praying for the end of time
If the 4:15 mark doesn’t get a rise out of you you’re dead inside.

My boys like to request and shout-sing along to “I’d Do Anything For Love” and it’s one of my absolute favorite things.

Meat Loaf was also know for his roles in films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club (His name was Robert Paulson) but my personal favorite is his scene stealing and wonderfully ironic cameo as young Jack Black’s anti-rock ultra-religious father in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny and the most definitely not safe for work or around young children “Kickapoo”.

Rock at your own risk.

Last year, Meat Loaf was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine to discuss the life of long time collaborator Jim Steinman who had passed away in April, 2021 (which I wrote about in November):

Jim Steinman was such a titanic figure in Meat Loaf’s life, that sharing their saga in a single phone call to Rolling Stone after Steinman’s death simply was not possible. It took two long calls across two days to get it across, and at the end of the first one, Meat Loaf broke down and sobbed uncontrollably over the loss of his friend. “Oh my God!” he moaned. “I haven’t cried until now. It just hit me. Oh my God! It’s horrible!”

Today many folks are saying the same thing about Meat Loaf’s passing.

The Jim Steinman Connection

Holy what! Rob Harvilla’s latest episode of “60 Songs That Explain the ’90s” (fantastic podcast, if you grew up in the 90s you should give it a listen, hits all the right feels) also explains some of my boys’ (ages 7 and 4) top requested hits on WDAD (playing all the greatest hits for listeners from the Tuscon to the Elantra):

Jim Steinman.

Steinman, who passed away in April, is responsible for writing a slew of incredible songs that you’ve most definitely heard and loved and that Ana and I have shard with the boys through the years.

In fact, DJRob’s list of Jim Steinman’s greatest tunes rounds out with a top 3 that the Kenney Boys would agree with:

Currently Sammy’s favorite and most requested song for at least the last two months.
Jasper requests this by sounding out the piano opening.

Heck, they’ve eveng gotten into Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” which, not that it’s been pointed out to me, absolutely sounds like a Steinman song.

Listen to this and “I Would Do Anything For Love (but I Won’t Do That)” back to back and you clearly hear it.

Meat Loaf remembered Jim Steinman earlier this year in an interview with Rolling Stone where he summed up the power of Steinman’s work nicely:

But what Barbra Streisand [who sang Steinman’s “Left In The Dark”] and Barry Manilow [who sang “Read ’em and Weep”] didn’t understand is that you can’t just have a great voice and sing a Jim Steinman song. You have to become a Jim Steinman song. You have to be the song. You don’t sing the song. You are the song.

The whole piece is worth a read, even with a gut wrenching opening.

The boys may not get it, what the songs are about or what it means to “be the song” but they feel something when listening to Steinman’s songs and it drowns out all the other noise and pop and nursery rhymes. Maybe the emotion, even if they don’t fully get it, is so real you can’t help but feel it.

Or maybe they just get a kick out of being allowed to be loud in the back of the car because mom and dad are shout-singing along too.

Director’s Cut of the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Joel Gallen, who directed and produced the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame broadcast, has shared a re-edited version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison — and, of course, Prince and THAT solo.

17 years after this stunning performance by Prince, I finally had the chance to go in and re-edit it slightly – since there were several shots that were bothering me. I got rid of all the dissolves and made them all cuts, and added lots more close ups of Prince during his solo. I think it’s better now. Let me know what you think. Joel.

It’s better now, Joel. Well done.

(Via LA Times)

Prince and the Revolution: Live coming to YouTube Thursday

Set your clocks, folks!

Starting at 7pm CST (8pm for those of us on the East Coast) on Thursday, May 14th, Prince and the Revolution’s March 30, 1985 live show from Syracuse, NY will be livestreamed for three days only.

Kottke sums up the details:

The setlist includes many of his most popular songs — Let’s Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, 1999, Little Red Corvette — and the show ended with a 20-minute rendition of Purple Rain (10 minutes of which is a Prince guitar solo).

The audio will be available from streaming services starting Friday.