Following a fun but flawed Wellington gig and a 'postponed' Tauranga show - Meat Loaf and the Neverland Express arrived at the Vector Arena in Auckland to deliver the hits and perhaps show how good the great guy can actually be.
When: 29 October 2011
Where: Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
The reviews are in and they are kind of kind:
Auckland Now's review was quite friendly:
"After opening with Rocky Horror's Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul, the singer swaggered around the stage doing his best to rock out, his age and health obviously restricting his performance.
Meat Loaf's voice isn't what it used to be and he's certainly aware of it. The singer didn't let that get in the way of giving his all, however it was hard to hear the singer during almost the entire show - a combination of age and the band's overpowering instruments no doubt.
After half an hour the show hit a road block with an awkward lull. Taking a few minutes to chat and share a few career anecdotes, Meat soon had the audience back on side and threw himself into some of his biggest hits with You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth and Bat Out of Hell, accompanied by a gigantic blow-up bat of course."
"The audience said it all, really: Hundreds of seats were empty well before the encore even began. Many punters, it seems, were put out over the singer's inability to replicate his golden years. But all that really shows is the lack of appreciation some folk have for an entertainer who has worked for almost 45 years."
Meat Loaf Auckland Set List
Hot Patootie/Time Warp (from Rocky Horror Picture Show with accompanying film footage)
If It Ain't Broke, Break It
Bat Out Of Hell
Peace On Earth
Living On The Outside
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through
Stand in the Storm
I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Set List Encore One:
Let it Roll (The Doors cover) / Free Bird instrumental
All Revved Up With No Place To Go
Set List Encore Two: