Oh Dear

Did anyone see Pop Star to Opera Star last night?

PF – whom I love very much – and I have started watching it ‘cos we’ve been impressed by the performances of the girl frim Shakespeare’s Sister: But the dominant point of last night’s show had to be the performance of Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf and some operatic lady.

Not to put too fine a point on it…it was possibly the worst television idea since televised snooker. The song didn’t suit the operatic style, the woman screeching the female part had no idea what the song was about, the dancers milled around not really knowing why they were there, and Meatloaf himself definitely didn’t give his best performance ever.

The thing is, Meatloaf isn’t some fly-by-night performer who’s got to do this crossover stuff to keep his name in the public eye: He’s a rock god, and Bat Out of Hell is the definition of a seminal classic – even though it was only by accident Meatloaf ended up recording it. I know he’s been ill lately, but he seems to have lost all good musical sense as well.

The saddest thing was, he looked so pleased with himself when they finished. We were just glad it was over – and I’ll be listening to the original on auto-repeat for the next week to try to drive the memory out of my mind :-(

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