My momma always told me that you shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep. (Actually, I can’t recall her ever telling me that, but bear with me.) Your mother probably told you the same thing, as it seems like something every mother is bound to tell sooner or later. And if it wasn’t your mother who told you that, it might have been your father, your grandmother or the neighbor from down the street. It’s just one of those universal things. So I’m pretty sure that Meat Loaf has heard it too.
On April 23rd, 2003, he stood on the stage in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, and made a promise [mp3, right click, save as] he didn’t keep:
And also in December, I promise, when we come back here, there was a song that people have requested tonight, and I will do it for you in December, a song called “[For] Crying Out Loud”.
And I will … Mark my words, “[For] Crying Out Loud” will be in this show when we come back in December.
Let’s just say that the Couldn’t Have Said It Better World Tour visited six countries, and The Netherlands wasn’t one of them. And it wasn’t performed during either of the following two concerts he did over here. There are some rumors that he planned on including it on the last leg of the Three Bats/Seize the Night Tour, but that one was cut short a few shows in. As far as I know, after promising to play “For Crying Out Loud”, he has performed it just once, as documented on the Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra DVD.
So now that Meat Loaf has announced a concert in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on August 4, 2008 (tickets on sale this saturday at 10am), I think I might as well repeat what I said last January:
Dear Meat Loaf, sir, in March 2003 you promised to be back in December and play “For Crying Out Loud”. You didn’t come back to play it then. Meanwhile, it’s 2008, and I think it’s time to deliver the goods. Crapdammit!