Iconic singer Meat Loaf will perform at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, as a part of his upcoming "MAD, MAD WORLD" Tour in connection with his newly released album "Hell In a Handbasket". He is joined by special guest Katrina. Meat Loaf—whose 1977 breakout album Bat Out Of Hell defined the arena rock genre and remains as one of the world's five top-selling albums of all-time, with more than 43 million copies sold to date—is excited about "Hell In a Handbasket".
For the “Hell In A Handbasket” tour, Meat Loaf says, “People who come to Meat Loaf shows know what to expect. They know they're going to get full-on energy with the best rock 'n' roll band in the world. That's not an opinion. That's the truth.” Asked specifically what makes for a good show, he says, “Well, a great play can be done with a table, a light, and four chairs. Great shows are about people. You don't want to put up a wall with laser lights, production, and dancers. It's really about going out there and putting on the show of these people's lives without all of the bells and whistles.”
For the past 35 years, the man born Marvin Lee Aday has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album "Bat Out Of Hell" transformed this former high school football player, nightclub bouncer and stage actor into one of the great American rock 'n' roll icons. His latest work, "Hell in a Handbasket" is a thematic record that crosses genres, featuring contributors--rappers Chuck D and Lil Jon, country star Trace Adkins, and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath.
Joining Meat Loaf onstage will be his longtime band The Neverland Express: guitarist Paul Crook (who also produced the "Hell in a Handbasket" album), John Miceli (drums, percussion), Patti Russo (lead and backing vocals), Randy Flowers (guitars, vocals), David Luther (saxophone, vocals) Justin Avery (piano, organ, keyboard, vocals), Danny Miranda (electric and upright bass) and Ginny Luke (violin, vocals).