What did you think about the Meatloaf concert?

On the night, I was with the Domion Post photographer Ross Giblin and two other photographers for the Groove Guide and Under the Radar. I was shooting for the venue owners to get shots of the space decked out with the full theatre lighting and stage show. Our restriction was 3 songs, shooting from the small space at the front of the stage in front of the barriers. In the time given, probably around 20 minutes total, I managed to get some good coverage of the space. I used my Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye and Nikkor 14-24mm a lot to get the sense of scale in the room. I even managed to shoot a 360 degree Beek style image (which is laid out flat in this post) in the few minutes prior to meatloaf coming on stage.
The review in the Dominion Post was not favorable. What did you guys think? I only got to hear 3 songs. From what I heard (and it was loud, I almost blew an ear drum exiting past a speaker stack!) it was what I expected. Sure Mr Loaf was no longer as energetic as his previous Rocky Horror Picture Show days. But then, I imagine watching Elvis in his later years would have been similar. Same great artist, but you really need to be a true fan to keep coming back for more Meatloaf year after year…

Meatloaf performing in concert with stage lighting and big screen projection behind him at the TSB Arena, Wellington Waterfront. October 26, 2011. Positively Wellington Venues. Photo by Mark Tantrum | www.marktantrum.com

A view from the stage looking back at the crowd ready to watch the Meatloaf concert at the TSB Arena, Wellington Waterfront. October 26, 2011. Positively Wellington Venues. Photo by Mark Tantrum | www.marktantrum.com

A 360 degree view from the front of the stage area at the TSB Arena, Wellington Waterfront. Moments prior to the start of the Meatloaf concert - photographers from Under the Radar and the Groove Guide are visible on the right hand side. October 26, 2011. Positively Wellington Venues. Photo by Mark Tantrum | www.marktantrum.com

I thought they had quite cool press passes so scanned the one they game me to share!

 

Meatloaf Concert TSB Areana October 26, 2011 – Images by Mark Tantrum
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One Response to “What did you think about the Meatloaf concert?”

  1. Suzy Temple says:

    I have been a fan of Meat Loaf since the late 70’s. I had to opportunity to see a live performance at Pachanga in Temecula, California Friday October 23, 2015. I was very disappointed with the show. Meat’s mike was set too load so most of his words were intelligible. During several tunes, I couldn’t recognize the song until the back up singes jumped in…example…Dead Ringer. I understand he’s getting up there in age, but shouldn’t a show at least resemble the tunes on the devises we buy (records, tapes, discs….whatever)?

    On a positive note…the band was AWESOME (often stepping in to help sing during a rough patch). The energy of everyone in the show was simply amazing. I couldn’t sing 10 songs in a row without a break….these guys are so energetic…I don’t know how they did it.

    Maybe it’s time for Meat to keep his stage presence and energy level…but lip sync so we know what song is being sung. My sister and I couldn’t believe that there’s no close friend who would TELL this man that he shouldn’t sing live shows anymore.

    The day after the show I watched a Net flicks program about Glen Campbell and his goodbye tour….and even in his advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, his singing was better than Meat Loaf’s.

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