Meat Loaf is back! His latest release "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" is a concept album based on the short story with the same title by Kilian Kerwin. It was released back in May on Roadrunner Records and was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day).
The albums plays like a rock opera with a who's who of guest musicians. Starting with the steady rocker "Peace On Earth", Meat Loaf is one of the only musicians that can pull off an all-out rock assault with a full-string orchestra. The album's first single "Los Angeloser" is a bit of a stretch for Meat Loaf, who's singles are usually big production pieces instead of country-pop. "Love Is Not Real" not only plays to Meat Loaf's strength of passionate lyrics, but includes the guitars of Queen's Brian May and virtuoso Steve Vai. The addition of Jack Black on the song "Like A Rose" gives the song a bit of edge, but its the chorus that could make this a hit single. The highlight of "Song of Madness" is the guitar of Steve Vai which compliments Meat Loaf's vocals. Although his voice is noticeable lower, the classic Meat Loaf returns in "Let's Be In Love" featuring vocals by Patti Russo and Bon Jovi influences are all over the album closer "Elvis In Vegas," co-written by Jon Bon Jovi.
The album debuted at #27 on the Billboard albums chart, his highest non-Bat Out of Hell release since 1995. Meat Loaf just began his US tour and will be making a stop and the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 12th. For tour dates and album information, please visit www.meatloaf.net.