The passing of MEAT LOAF was a shock to us all. The man, who along with Jim Steinman shaped the world of rock music with the ground-breaking album Bat Out Of Hell, holds more records for this classic work than most other artists.

It is one of the best-selling albums of all time with over 43 million copies sold worldwide. It is certified 14x Platinum and is the best-selling album in Australia – ever. Here, it has spent close to 600 weeks in the UK Albums Chart, the second longest chart run by a studio album, and no doubt will be back in their following Meat’s passing. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 343 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Now, the musical, which stands as a tribute and testament to both Meat and Jim Steinman, who wrote this ground breaking album and also sadly died last year, is heading out on the road – all revved up and ready to head to South Wales.

The album was actually developed from a musical, Neverland, a kind of futuristic rock version of Peter Pan, which Jim wrote for a workshop in 1974. It was eventually recorded during 1975–1976 at various studios, and since it’s release it made a true mega-star out of both Meat and Jim.

Which makes the musical based on this classic album even more relevant.

BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL is a breathtaking production which includes powerhouse songs such as You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.

Don’t for one minute think this is just a bunch of Jim Steinman songs sung in tribute style, this is a full-on, proper tale, which had MEAT LOAF as a producer.

Join the eternally young Strat and his wild gang, The Lost, as they roam the streets of Obsidian, a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, ruled by the wicked and tyrannical Falco. When Strat first sets eyes on Falco’s daughter, Raven, who has been locked away in the palace towers, he sets out to rescue her from her evil father’s clutches in a full throttle tale of teenage love, youthful rebellion and living the rock and roll dream.

As you can imagine it’s been a tough time recently over the passing of Meat. They posted this picture and said……

The company of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell the Musical here in the UK is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of their great friend and producer, MEAT LOAF.

The beat is yours forever.

At the first performance following his death the cast collectively paid tribute to him on stage at the New Theatre in Wimbledon…..

‘He was a man with a big heart, a bigger personality and the iconic voice that made Jim Steinman’s music fly.

‘He was a huge inspiration to Jim, a huge inspiration to this show and a huge inspiration to all of you and all of us.

‘We’ve dedicated this to his honour and we promise you, Meat, wherever you are, that we are going to keep the flame of rock and roll burning.

They finished by declaring: ‘Meat Loaf, we love you, and may the beat be yours forever.’

So, as we all play the classic album as a celebration to the great man, now is the time to get your tickets for the show, they are sure to fly out the door – like a………

BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL gets to the New Theatre in Cardiff from Tuesday 27th September to Saturday 1st October. Performances are at 7:30pm with 2:30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday. You can get your tickets HERE.

It then roars back into South Wales at the Swansea Arena from Tuesday 6th to Thursday 15th December.

Tickets for the Swansea date go on sale on Monday 1st August at 10am and to mark the moment tickets go on sale, Swansea Arena will throw its doors open at 10:00am for a BAT OUT OF HELL extravaganza, complete with red carpet, Harleys (courtesy of Swansea Harley-Davidson), and activities for the family. What’s more, be in with a chance to win prizes through interactive competitions on the day, and make the most of their exclusive, time-sensitive, £10-off ticket offer, available until Monday 15th August.

For more details head over to their site HERE.

Further information regarding the competitions on the day will be posted on the Swansea Arena social media channels over the coming few days.