Seen Live: Like a Bat Out of Hell (Zwolle)

In February, we went to see Like a Bat Out of Hell, a tribute to Meat Loaf and the music of Jim Steinman by a group of Dutch session musicians, in Amersfoort. As we liked the show a lot and the there was an interesting change in the line-up (Stream of Passion/Ayreon/Mayan singer Marcela Bovia took over for Floortje Smit, who had to step down due to personal circumstances), we opted for a second show, at Hedon in Zwolle.

I have little to add to that earlier review, but as that was in Dutch, I’ll repeat the key findings here: Like a Bat Out of Hell presented a great show, made with obvious love and respect for the music. The arrangements either followed the album versions, or a live version from the period where Meat Loaf toured with a single guitarist. Martin van der Starre, the project’s lead singer, had no intention to ‘play’ Meat Loaf, and the show was all the better for it. The highlight was, again, the ladies’ version of my favorite Steinman song, “For Crying Out Loud.”

Like a Bat Out of Hell plays “I’d Do Anything for Love” in De Bosuil
Like a Bat Out of Hell: The ‘Rock and Roll Dreams’ Concert, in Hedon, Zwolle om May 11, 2018
Martin van der Starre, Lisette van den Berg & Marcella Bovio (lead & backing vocals) / Menno Gootjes (gitaar, backing vocals) / Ronald Kool (piano & keyboards) / Johan Hendrikse (keyboards) / Richard Zoer (bass, backing vocals) / Sjoerd Rutten (drums)
Set list
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 Ouf Three Ain’t Bad / Paradise by the Dashboard Light / For Crying Out Loud // Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back / Midnight at the Lost and Found / We Belong to the Night / I’d Lie for You (And That’s The Truth) / Dead Ringer for Love / It’s All Coming Back to Me Now / Total Eclipse of the Heart / Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through // I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)