Since reviewing the Bat Out of Hell musical in these pages the other week I have been following ‘Jim Steinman Rock Philharmonic’ on Facebook. To be honest, it’s only because I saw that they had shared The Afterword’s own link to my review. ‘This one’s really good!’ they wrote. Aw, shucks, guys.
They share pretty much any link to a review of the musical, most recently Kate Mossman’s, who has found alternative employment since The Word’s demise with the New Statesman. She gives it a grudgingly admiring review, if only because Meat Loaf isn’t actually in it, but that’s not what brings me here. What I found odd was that she explains who Jim Steinman is by saying
‘Jim Steinman, who wrote the lyrics for Whistle Down the Wind, is responsible for most of Meat Loaf’s hits’
I know she may be writing for the benefit of an audience who seek out reviews of musicals, but am I the only one who thinks that even they would be more familiar with Meat Loaf than a semi-successful Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the famous film? (I had to Google it to find out what she meant.) Isn’t it like referring to Paul McCartney as ‘he scored the Liverpool Oratorio’ or Mick Jagger, ‘he sang with SuperHeavy’?
Maybe it’s just me, but then I’ve been drinking gin. [Hic]