Last night, before starting “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” Meat Loaf said,
We’re gonna try to make it sound as much like 1976 as possible, for you people. It ain’t gonna happen … but we’re gonna try.
And he was right. It didn’t sound anything like 1976. That’s 37 years ago. That was four years before I was born. In 1977, Bat Out of Hell came out, and three years later, I was born. Thirteen years later, mr. Loaf made a glorious comeback with Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and the massive hit single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Even then, he sounded nothing like 1976. And now, it’s 20 years later still.
No one in their right mind would expect a 65 year old man to sound like he did 37 years ago.
Meat Loaf’s show in the Ĳsselhallen in Zwolle was the only Dutch concert on his Last at Bat: Farewell Tour (or whatever it’s called). And even though it didn’t sound anything like 1976 and despite that mr. Loaf wasn’t always spot on, it was a great show. Wickedly awesomely so.
To be honest, the first half of the show didn’t impress me much, mostly due to the selection of songs. But then he sang “Objects in the Rear View Mirror …” and he had me. Again, mr. Loaf wasn’t perfect, but the band was awesome as ever and let’s face it: when Jim Steinman’s music is being played and it’s is being played well, I turn into a puddle of goo. You can mop me up, so to speak.
The second half of the show—you know, the part where he plays all of Bat in the right order—was epic. The arrangements stayed for the most part close to the album versions, which meant that there was no extended sing-along in “Took the Words” and that song was over and done with in less then 11 minutes, but where they deviated, it worked. “Heaven Can Wait” got an acoustic guitar solo, and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” got a lengthy instrumental interlude. Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of “Two Out of Three”, but this arrangement, and especially mr. Loaf’s performance, wow. Just wow.
And then, the moment that you knew that would come. When you play Bat Out of Hell all the way through, when you’ve managed to get past that song to the last song on side B, well, that’s my very favourite Meat Loaf song. It might just as well be my all-time top 5 number one song ever. It’s the one song I wanted to hear most. Even if the rest of the show would have been as disastrous as the 2008 Amsterdam fiasco, mr. Loaf could have saved the show with just an acceptable performance of “For Crying Out Loud.” Luckily, he exceeded my expectations. I can’t quite say that he nailed it, but fuck it. It was awesome.
With Meat Loaf retiring from touring, it’s likely that I won’t see him perform live again. Well, it is what it is. And this was an excellent goodbye.
- Seen live
- Meat Loaf, the “Last at Bat: Farewell Tour” at Ĳsselhallen, Zwolle on May 11th, 20013
- Set List
- Running for the Red Light (I Gotta Life) » Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back / Dead Ringer for Love / If It Ain’t Broke (Break It) / Los Angeloser / The Giving Tree / Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are / Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) // Bat Out of Hell / You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) / Heaven Can Wait / All Revved Up With No Place To Go / Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad / Paradise by the Dashboard Light / For Crying Out Loud // I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) / Boneyard » Freebird Jam » Band Introductions » All Revved Up (reprise)
Steven Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower was another one of those books that somehow didn’t make the cut for my list of 40 books to read before my 40th birthday.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was, if I recall correctly, one of only two movies I saw in a theater last year. Hailed by some as the “The Breakfast Club of a new generation,” it managed to push a lot of my buttons in precisely the right order.
So, lists be damned, I read the book as well.
Like the movie, the book is funny, and smart, and all those those things I usually rattle of in lists about these kinds of books and films. I can’t help it—and frankly, I don’t give a damn—but those stories where the socially awkward kid, the misfit or the underdog eventually crawls out of his shell, wakes up and smells the coffee, they appeal to me on a level I probably don’t even want to analyse too much. Because, well, you know.
There’s this scene where Charlie, the book’s narrator, drives with his friends through this tunnel. In the book, it goes like this:
In the movie, it’s like this:
I get that. A lot.
- Steven Chbosky — The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- First Lines
- August 25, 1991. Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you would listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.
At the end of March, Yori Swart released an 12? EP called Weigh In Weigh Out. And she did a few shows to promote it.
One of those shows was in Tivoli’s Spiegelbar, which is, as the name suggests, a bar with loads of mirror(ball)s. And it was a relaxed little show. The opening act was nice, being able to sit down was nice (although the seats might have been a bit more comfortable), having Jupiler straight from the bottle was nice, and Yori was very nice.
- Seen live
- Yori Swart + My Blue Van at Tivoli Spiegelbar, Utrecht on April 26th, 2013
Last week, with a loud bang and the smell of fried electronics, my computer died on me. I’m not quite sure exactly what blew up, and I don’t really care, as it was completely written off anyway. I’ve had this PC for seven or eight years, and it was my brother’s before that. In fact, I’m kinda glad it died, as it now gives me a pretty good reason to actually get a new one. I’ve been putting that off for the past two, three years.
Luckily I still have my laptop. Which is perfectly fine for some surfing the web, mailing and posting stuff on websites. But if I want to, say, work on this website’s redesign or needle drop a record, well, let’s just say it’s possible. If you really want to. Which I don’t.
So y’all just gotta wait a little bit longer on stuff.