SOME 30 years have past since Meat Loaf released his Bat Out Of Hell album and to be honest I was expecting the Meat Loaf to be well and truly out of date.
Admittedly ‘Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell’ was the first CD I bought at the tender age of 13 and despite once donning an oversized T-shirt of a bat rising from the flames of a motorcycle, I wouldn’t consider myself a fan.
But as the Texan megastar took the stage at the Echo Arena, the big man proved he still had the energy and voice that has sold him 70m albums worldwide.
He arrived on stage in a blaze of glory and a Stetson hat giving a good indication of the theatrical fun that was in store.
Red Indian tribal chants blasted out as he marched towards the mic stand - which of course held his trademark red handkerchief.
His Casa De Carne Tour - literally translated as ‘House of Meat’ - is the latest offering of the Summer Pops.
No stranger to the Pops, and more fondly associated with sweat and soggy red hankies, the 60-year-old belted out his repertoire of songs.
Pacing up and down the stage for the opening number you could tell he was tired but still had enough restless energy to belt out his demented back catalogue.
The Stetson was soon flung high into the air and the gig really got underway.