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Bat Out Of Hell: The turbulent life cycle of a rock’n’roll phenomenon

From its stage show origins to a global smash hit album, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell is now returning to its roots as a West End musical

The theatre is crowded and the audience rapt as Jim Steinman approaches the girl.

“On a summer night,” he says, “would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?”

“Yes,” she replies.

It’s April 25, 1968, and the first performance at Amherst College, Massachusetts of The Dream Engine, a rock musical written by Jim Steinman, in which he also appears as Baal.

“Again,” says Baal. “On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?”

“Yes,” says the girl. “Then you’re ready,” says Baal.

As The Tribe prepare her initiation, he begins to recite a nursery rhyme. “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross…”


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