Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell 2 - (1994)
A high-energy performance from a guy who is just as good live as he is in his MTV videos. Not a lot of pyrotechnics; just good rock & roll, Jim Steinman lyrics, and of course Meat Loaf singing his lungs out.
BOOH2 came out in 1993, so we probably saw him in 1994. I'm not sure where we saw him, but it was downtown Phoenix somewhere. Maybe AWA, maybe not. Cheap Trick was the opening act, which is ironic because, according to Wikipedia, Meat Loaf opened for them in the early 70's. Mr. Loaf did almost everything from the BOOH1 and BOOH2 albums.
HIGHLIGHTS : Paradise By The Dashboard Light, naturally. But also - a brief speech by Meat Loaf. After introducing all the members of the band, he then said to the audience "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for being here tonight!"
You see, BOOH2 was his amazing comeback album. And if you read about his "lows" in between BOOH1 and BOOH2, you'll know how grateful he was for being back on the concert circuit again. The thanks were genuine. Now just try to imagine Mick Jagger ever saying something like that.
LOWLIGHTS : Cheap Trick was basically hawking their new album (Woke Up With A Monster), and that album sucks. Also, Jason's friend who went with us *free* (cuz we bought a ticket for someone else who then cancelled out on us), had this annoying habit of shrieking at the top of his lungs when no one else was shouting/cheering/clapping. I think he just wanted to hear himself in the big arena, but of course those around us were giving him dirty looks.
BOTTOM LINE : An awesome concert! And if he comes to Phoenix on his 2007 tour, we'll be there.