It might have been more than half a decade since Chocolate Starfish toured a select run of shows on their Bat Out Of Hell In Concert tour, but they are still receiving regular requests from fans on when they will do it again. Now, by popular demand, the vibrant band are gearing up to celebrate one of the most iconic albums of all time in a tour that will also include a swag of additional Jim Steinman hits on the setlist.
One of the most well-respected bands on the Australian music scene, Chocolate Starfish have a strong history of paying their respects to classical musicians and bands. Their INXS’ Kick show earned them massive acclaim, and most recently, lead-singer Adam Thompson’s Bohemian Rhapsody – Live In Concert saw him perform to packed houses around the country playing the best of Queen. Revisiting Bat Out Of Hell in 2021, Chocolate Starfish are planning on making the tour bigger than ever.
“We felt like the Bat Out Of Hell show – the first of our classic album series – still had so much life in it,” says Adam. “When people talk about the chance to have a ‘do over’ from a previous situation, this is our chance to really turn the show into so much more than just simply playing the songs. This time, it will be an experience. I will stop short of calling it a musical, but there will definitely be a narrative and a flow that will be performed in classic Chocolate Starfish style – humour, sex appeal and theatrics will all play a part in this journey into the Bat Out Of Hell album.”
The setlist not only includes the full tracklisting from the Bat Out Of Hell album, songs like Two Out Of Three, Paradise By The Dashboard Light and Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, but also classic Jim Steinman songs that have made an impact on the band, the likes of Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, It’s All Coming Back To Me Now and Total Eclipse Of The Heart to name a few. The two-hour concert also acknowledges Meatloaf’s inclusion in the cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show by including tracks like Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite among others.
For Adam, he hopes to share the impact the Bat Out Of Hell album had on him with audiences. “The first time I heard Bat Out Of Hell, I was 13 and had little musical influence outside a conservative regional radio station,” he recalls. “Bat Out Of Hell songs and Meatloaf’s voice transported me out of that country isolation and into a fantasy world of sonic ear candy I didn’t know existed. Soaring hook-laden melodies, and adjective-filled lyrics around life, death, girls, cars and motorbikes, was everything a trapped teenage boy could imagine outside his small world. On top of that, each song was an epic of dynamic proportions and it shaped the theatrical and dynamic way I looked at songwriting and performance ever since.”
It is the magnificence of the songs that have seen them stand the test of time and is why they still resonate with music fans more than four decades after the album’s release. Adam says it is about the space and integrity of the songs. “Their connection lies at the heart of the listener as unique and unparalleled masterpieces which took daring and courage to make,” he says. “The songs are not formulaic, and they are not throw away pop and yet they become popular. Why? Because like a new recipe or a new painting style, they went outside the guidelines of the musical status quo at the time and crossed over into mainstream consciousness and were embraced by the masses. Many artists have tried to push boundaries so far in all generations and not many succeed in any way at all. Jim Steinman and Bat Out Of Hell managed that in spades.”
Chocolate Starfish are widely reputed as one of the best live bands on the scene. Their energetic shows are all about the music and they don’t apologise for rockin’ hard. The band arrived smack bang in the middle of the grunge scene of the 1990s and refused to fit in. They had their own sound and their own direction; and this individualistic attitude earned them respect far and wide, something they’ve kept alive across the past two decades. Throughout their career, Chocolate Starfish had six top 40 singles and two top 10 albums on the Australian charts, gold and platinum record sales and an ARIA for ‘Most Popular Album’. They left
an indelible print on the Aussie music scene and ingrained themselves in local music history with their singles Four Letter Word, Mountain and You’re So Vain to name a few.
Don’t miss Chocolate Starfish as they celebrate Bat Out Of Hell in 2021. For more information, please visit www.chocolatestarfish.com.au
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