NEWS FROM THE LAND OF STEINMAN

BAT OUT OF MANCHESTER

14 March 'BAT OUT OF HELL' opens triumphantly in Manchester!

***** by Manchester Evening News
"This is, quite simply, the best show you're likely to see in Manchester all year...get a ticket here while you can."

***** Bolton Live
"I can't rave about this show enough. Quite simply...this show rocked!"

***** North West End
"I doubt I will see a more complete and spectacular piece of musical theatre in a very long time."

***** The Arts Shelf
"An extraordinary, high-octane, multimedia masterpiece, incredibly staged on a colossal scale."

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LET THE REVELS BEGIN

An astronomical year for the fans in 2017!

Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical world premiere February & June
40th anniversary of Bat Out Of Hell October
20th anniversary of TANZ
Release of HERO album March

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PANDORA'S REQUIEM

Last night was 'Total eclipse' in Melbourne. In a word sublime. Just being there in a theatre, one of the oldest theatres in Melbourne too, hearing this music being performed live... and also songs like "Original sin", "Good girls go to Heaven" and "The future ain't what it used to be". I don't think I could capture that. Moments like "Lost boys and golden girls" and "Heaven can wait" were very moving. I loved Lindsay's take on "Bat out of Hell" and I could actually smell the song due to the motorcycle. That's never happened before! Thank you to everyone involved and well done!!! And well done Adam!! Great meeting Gary & Derya too! I was saying to Gary, who probably has the most impressive Meat/Jim collection I've ever seen, ask them if you can grab one of those posters!

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GOING ALL THE WAY

I switched off all of the lights. I lay down in the dark. The album started. The journey began...
WHO NEEDS THE YOUNG? – The song that I thought could go viral. I love every minute every inch of this. It's like a Gothic horror carnival. It's "Love never dies" if I was happy with the story.
GOING ALL THE WAY – I actually dreamed about what this version would have been like three years ago and it was so real. When I heard it, I ended up feeling just stunned. That feeling when dreams come true... The middle bit's like Terminator 2 to me!!!
SPEAKING IN TONGUES – The new section... what else can I add that's already been said? This made me think of "Titanic" tonight.
LOVING YOU'S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT) – I wasn't one of those fans who preferred it to the original – which I love – but I love this version just as much now.
SOUVENIRS – The horns at the beginning made me think of Billy Joel which was awesome. The second part just "drains me dry". It's just phenomenal.
ONLY WHEN I FEEL – I always imagined this as an older person in pain and I would think of characters like Miss Havisham in "Great expectations". Tonight I thought about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. I love that Meat finally recorded this.
MORE – I've always loved the chorus in particular "And I need all the love I can get. And I need all the love that I can’t get too..." This made me think of Terminator. Everyone needs to hear the Batman version with Karine Hannah.
GODZ – I only wished it had been longer but it all seems to work in context. This song made me think of "Hercules" and "Xena"!
SKULL OF YOUR COUNTRY – Yes, "Turn around bright eyes" from "Total eclipse of the heart" started off in this song. But I was thinking of something like "Walking dead". It's the future, post-apocalyptic, people remember this song, but they start singing it this way instead.
TRAIN OF LOVE – Again, I wasn't one of those fans who didn't really go for this ending. It always seemed to grab me. There's something profound about the whole thing ending with "I don't even know where I am".
Folks, over 20 years ago I first heard "BAT OUT OF HELL 2" and was completely stunned. I eventually followed Jim's music from there and I've been waiting for this album for a long time. And yet I haven't. It's not "BAT 2". It's not "the real BAT 3". It's not "BAT 4". It's not "DEAD RINGER 2". It's "BRAVER THAN WE ARE" and I realize that this is early days but I think I love it as much as "BAT 2" now!!!!!! GO GET IT!!!!!
Thank you Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Paul Crook, Ellen Foley, Karla DeVito, and everyone involved. You've made me very happy.
FROM RYAN OUT LOUD

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THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Jim Steinman's BAT OUT OF HELL opens at the Manchester Opera House 17 February 2017.

Director Jay Scheib: "Few works endure generation after generation with such ferocity - able to change in step with the times - with Steinman's Bat Out of Hell, the fountain of youth has found its soundtrack - this is a production that's dedicated to those who've never not been 19."

More at the link (Click Here)

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READ MY APOCALYPSE

September 2016

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MELBOURNE ECLIPSE

Total Eclipse: Songs by Jim Steinman
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
17 September 2016

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A TIMELINE

A timeline of Jim's projects has been completed.

Check it out (Click Here)

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BRAVER THAN WE ARE

World release: 9 September 2016
North America release: 16 September 2016

Meat Loaf on the cover art: "Not ready for you too see the cover !!!! Too Important !! NOT LONG NOW !!! JULY YOU WILL SEE IT !!! Just got to tell you , I think it's great , but I would .. Jim loves it !! Which was a plus for me . It was my Idea . Has some Hitchcock in it !!! M"

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SONGS BY JIM STEINMAN

Paradise Found: Songs by Jim Steinman
Rockwell Table & Stage, LA
3 & 4 April 2016

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A MUSICAL TRIBUTE

Steinman Stripped: A Musical Tribute
23 January 2016
54 Below, NY

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DESIGN OF THE VAMPIRES

Check out the scene to scene layout book from the Broadway production of "Dance of the Vampires".

Link 1
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Link 4

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HEAVEN CAN WAIT

Ellen Foley has released a version of "Heaven can wait". Available now iTunes, Spotify and more.

You can watch Ellen's version from "Total eclipse" here.

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DEVELOPMENTAL LAB

From Playbill:

Bat Out of Hell, the new musical from Meatloaf hit-maker Jim Steinman, will receive a New York City lab presentation this fall.

According to an Equity casting notice, Spider-Man producer Michael Cohl and Dance of the Vampires producer David Sonenberg are presenting the Nov. 2-24 developmental lab that will be directed by Jay Scheib (NYCO's Powder Her Face).

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THE LOST SONGS

Paradise Found: The Lost Songs of Jim Steinman
21 November 2015
54 Below, NY

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WHISTLE CONCERT

The NYC Premiere
13 December 2015
54 Below, NY

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HELLO NASHVILLE

"HELLO NASHVILLE!!! Paul Crook and I are back in town working on 'Braver Than We Are'. Can't wait for you to hear this!"

www.meatloaf.net

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TOTAL ECLIPSE AT 54 BELOW

Total Eclipse: The Music of Jim Steinman
5 May 2015
54 Below, NY

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COMING FALL 2015

Teaser ad (Link)

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DOCTOR JIM

Jim Steinman receives honorary doctorate at 2013 Amherst College graduation

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THE INDUCTION

From Ryan Out Loud, Jim,

Congratulations!

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Congratulations Jim Steinman -
2012 Inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Read the press announcement here

From Ryan Out Loud, Jim,

Congratulations!

Picture by Michael Whelan & Dewynters Edited by Zoltar1979

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME 2012 NOMINEES FOR INDUCTION ANNOUNCED!

Non-Performer Songwriters

Jim Steinman - * I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That * Making Love Out Of Nothing At All * Paradise By The Dashboard Light * Total Eclipse Of The Heart * Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

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MESSAGE FROM RYAN L

"FINALLY I OWN A PHYSICAL COPY OF TANZ COMPLETE! YAY!!!"

I remember the first time I ever used the internet. It was my first year at high school. What did I look up first? You guessed it, Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman.

That's how I found Dream Pollution. I just remember thinking it looked so cool. And that's how I found out about "Whistle down the wind", the musical Jim wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber which had opened in Washington D.C. in 1996 and then London in 1998. I was aware of "Tanz der Vampire" at that point but I was more interested in the collaboration between Jim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

I didn't even know who Roman Polanski was. The name rang a bell, but...

We looked everywhere for the original cast recording of "Whistle" and we couldn't find it. We didn't shop online because we just didn't in those days. I now use eBay.

One day we were in Melbourne and there it was, the original cast recording of "Whistle" sitting on the shelves. My heart skipped a beat.

I said, "Oh my God, Mum! There it is."

She used half of the cash she'd saved for that day just so I could have it. And that's the copy I still have today, the only copy I have ever seen.

Of course, over time, I began learning more about "Tanz der Vampire". "Whistle down the wind" had been composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This time, Jim had composed "Tanz der Vampire" which I thought was really interesting. (Yes, I was aware that he'd written other musicals but they had never been big.)

And then I read a review on Neverland Hotel, the other famous Jim Steinman website.

I quote: "For a Steinmaniac, hearing that music in that theatre can be described as admiring a movie star for many years and then one day having a night of passion with her/him. From the very first bars of "The Storm", I felt I was in the presence of the master."

"Oh my God," I thought. ("GOD HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!!!")

I had to hear this score. I knew there were two albums at that point, the original Viennese cast recording highlights and complete. The problem was they were even harder to find.

We went to all the music stores and they'd never even heard of it (And they told us that Pandora's Box was no longer available.) Remember, we weren't using Amazon or anything like that.

I was reading a Jim Steinman guest book when I noticed a name that I'd seen before. He was a local actor and writer who'd worked on many productions in the community and he was a big Steinman fan!!!

I called him up and asked him what his collection was like. He even had "The Dream Engine" CD that Dream Pollution had sent out in 1999.

He sent me Tanz Highlights and a copy of "The Dream Engine". What a day! Just hearing that version of "The Storm" gave me goose bumps. I got chills when I heard what Jim had done to "Objects in the rear view mirror". I thought it was the most amazing musical score I had ever heard. I HAD TO OWN THE COMPLETE ALBUM!!!

I used to imagine what it would be like, the bits I hadn't heard. I remember really wanting to hear the part where the hunchback's chasing them through the wilderness and he gets eaten by the wolves.

The years passed, and here I stand. Adam, my good friend and collaborator, was over at my house one day and we were looking at eBay. He asked me what I still needed, for the collection, and I said to him, "I need a copy of Tanz Complete! I don't actually have a physical copy of that." I only had the MP3 files with a second's break between all tracks (which is slightly annoying when the tracks are supposed to run together.)

"Why haven't you bought it on eBay before now?" Adam asked.

"Because it was so damn expensive, that's why!" I said.

"How much did you pay for Bat 2 on vinyl, and the picture disc?" He asked, "Exactly!!!"

But I actually managed to find a cheaper copy of it and I bought it.

AND HERE IT IS!!! Adam just fixed my speakers and because I didn't have to work the next day, I spent the day listening to Tanz Complete. And it was even more powerful than ever.

After almost 9 years of wanting to own a physical copy of this album, it's mine, and my collection is becoming more and more complete as time passes!

The question now is am I going to buy the rest of the Tanz albums? Well, Jim wasn't really involved with those... They're like the "Bad Attitude" and the "Welcome to the Neighbourhood" of the Tanz albums.

Thank you for reading ;-)

The front page of Dream Pollution as it looked in my first year of high school

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JIM STEINMAN - NOMINATED FOR THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Jim Steinman

The creative genius behind Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman brought an operatic flair to rock songs that helped make Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" one of rock's landmarks. The 1978 album yielded the hits "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth." He followed it with big hits for other artists, most notably "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" (Bonnie Tyler) and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" (Air Supply).

Key songs in the Steinman catalog include "I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That," "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All," "Paradise By The Dashboard Light," "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" and "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad."

URL: http://songhall.org/vote

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TANZ DER VAMPIRE

ORIGINAL FLEMISH CAST (NOT COMPLETE) - LIVE!

CD recorded live at Stadsschouwburg Antwerp, Belgium, September 2010
Executive Producer: Jim Steinman
Producer: Steven Rinkoff
Producer for Musical van Vlaanderen: Patrick Hamilton
Recorded by Live is Life
Mix Engineer: Guido Maas

NOW AVAILABLE!

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TANZ DER VAMPIRE

COMPLETE CAST RECORDING OF THE NEW VIENNA PRODUCTION - LIVE!

Executive Producer: Jim Steinman
Associate Producers: Steve Margoshes and Michael Reed

Produced by Steven Rinkoff
Recorded by Matthias Reithofer and Steven Rinkoff
Mixed by Steven Rinkoff

NOW AVAILABLE!

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MEAT LOAF COMMENTS ON "THE MONSTER IS LOOSE" & JIM

Quotes from this story (Click Here):

"I know I have already told you this - I'm telling everyone this - but that last album was just so horrible. It wasn't me. And it was a problem, well, from when Jim Steinman's lawyers came into the picture in 2005 - from then until the end of that tour was - I'm not exaggerating - the worst time of my life. And I say that as someone who was sued for $100 million in the 1980s so, there you go, BEAT THAT!"

There's more laughter - more than there probably should be.

"I don't know, I think we really should have just scrapped that project. When Jim walked away we should not have continued. And it was a sticking point - it just did not work. Too many people got involved and everyone began twisting and pulling in different directions and it was just horrible. I mean listen to that song The Monster Is Loose - it is just horrible." Meat is laughing as he is saying this. He's almost hysterical. I've never heard an artist sound so sure that something they did was so bad.

"Dude, listen to it! It's just horrible. I don't know what Desmond Child thought he was trying to do. But it was just not good. And I should have walked away."

I suggest that the problem with Bat Out of Hell III was the decision to create, by committee, a version of what was supposed to be a Steinman/Meat Loaf collaboration.

"Absolutely. I mean these guys they got in - just horrible - it's like trying to get away with a knockoff of a Prada purse. I mean Steinman is a $10,000 Rolex and these other guys, they're $5 copies."

I'm curious to know if Meat Loaf is still in touch with Jim Steinman. And if they'll ever work together again.

"Oh yeah. I owe him an email actually. He dropped me a line recently and we keep in touch. But it's definitely my turn - I owe him a reply. We're..." - long pause - "like brothers. Jim and I are like siblings. And we're closer than that, even. And like siblings - even when you have a huge fight, when you're at your worst and you don't even know what the fight is or who started it you still love one another dearly. We're like that. Jim is" - another pause - "he is one of the four most important people in my life. And the other three are my wife and my two kids. So what does that tell ya?"

Jim Steinman is also a smart cookie, according to Meat.

"Steinman really is a genius. No question. He's one of the two smartest people in the world - as far as I'm concerned. And the other is my daughter. Different types of intelligence - but they're both geniuses."

And then we're back to Jim Steinman - and his influence. (Does anyone else reading this sense that a Meat Loaf/Steinman reunion might be on the cards?)

"Without Steinman, I'm not talking to you. You know what I mean? It's that simple. Really. And without Meat Loaf there's no Steinman either. But we're not talking today - I'm not talking to you if there was no Jim Steinman. I am so close to him - I am attached to him!"

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RYAN L'S MEAT LOAF & JIM STEINMAN LP COLLECTION

A new picture has been added to the Trove page. Thanks Adam for the pic.

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The official website for Jim Steinman's new musical has now gone live...

www.batoutofhellthemusical.com

Sign up now for updates

Click here for the November 2009 Evening Standard advertisement. Thanks Rob for the scan.

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THE BEST SELLING
ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

1) THRILLER - MICHAEL JACKSON - 110 million sold
Writers: Michael Jackson, Rod Temperton, John Bettis, Steve Porcaro, James Ingram, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney

2) BACK IN BLACK - AC/DC - 49 million sold
Writers: Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson

3) BAT OUT OF HELL - MEAT LOAF - 43 million sold
Writer: Jim Steinman

4) THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD - 43 million sold
Writers: Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Roger Waters, Clare Torry

5) GREATEST HITS (1971-1975) - EAGLES - 42 million sold
Writers: Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Jack Tempchin, Robert Arnold Strandlund, Randy Meisner, J.D. Souther

6) DIRTY DANCING - VARIOUS ARTISTS - 42 million sold
Writers: Various

7) THE BODYGUARD - VARIOUS ARTISTS - 42 million sold
Writers: Whitney Houston, Various

8) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - VARIOUS ARTISTS - 40 million sold
Writers: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart

9) MILLENNIUM - BACKSTREET BOYS - 40 million sold
Writers: Various

10) SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER - VARIOUS ARTISTS - 40 million sold
Writers: Various

11) RUMOURS - FLEETWOOD MAC - 40 million sold
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16) FALLING INTO YOU - CELINE DION - 32 million sold
Writers: Various

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18) DANGEROUS - MICHAEL JACKSON - 32 million sold
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19) 1 - THE BEATLES - 31 million sold
Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

20) LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE - CELINE DION - 31 million sold
Writers: Various

OF ALL THESE ALBUMS, ONLY ONE
WAS WRITTEN BY A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL

NOW EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC
LIKE NEVER BEFORE.