Meat Loaf opens residency show in true Vegas style

Always the actor, rock star Meat Loaf offered more than a sampling of his vast catalog of operatic rock songs during the opening night of his RockTellz & CockTails residency at Planet Hollywood Sept. 26.

Meat poked fun at some of the more elaborate shows on the Las Vegas Strip, including Cirque du Soleil. A showman at heart, as he lamented not having fire, clowns, acrobats or jugglers in his act, behind him the audience saw how very wrong he was.

Once he noticed the circus act going on behind him, he grabbed a bucket of water and throws it on a clown, telling him to “Get out of here!”

Meat Loaf performs "Dead Ringer for Love" during his opening night performance. Photo: SPI Entertainment

When Meat sang, his countenance was intense, his hands expressive. In biker clothes, he sang a flirtatious duet of “Dead Ringer for Love” with one of his two female singers. The song was originally recorded in 1981 with singer-actress Cher.

Meat paid homage to his role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” by performing “Hot Patootie Bless My Soul” in sync with a video of his character “Eddie” playing in the background, complete with a saxophone player and tap dancers.

Throughout the show Meat stopped to speak with the audience, taking their questions about his lengthy career. He managed to establish a sense of familiarity with his audience, fumbling with an iPad and correcting some stage prop malfunctions with a smile and a shrug.

Some silliness ensued when the question segment started out by people asking him out (“I have a date with my pillow,” he replied) or wishing him a happy birthday. Meat turned 66 on Sept. 27.

Jokingly, he quipped, “I’m going to spend 1 ½ hours trying to get one f*cking question.”

Finally, the audience obliged, asking Meat the question no one seems to know the answer to: What won’t he do for love? (Hint: It’s right there in the lyrics)

This led him to perform a shortened, but theatrical, version of “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”  with one of his backup singers.

Other songs he performed included “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” and “Bat Out of Hell.”

In true theatrical style, Meat, who kept his iconic red scarf close throughout, ended the show by taking a bow with his singers, band and dancers.

Meat Loaf’s RockTellz & CockTails residency runs through Nov. 5, 2013.