Reviewed by Louise Totton
On a hot summer night … well, a very pleasant and mild spring night, my other half and I attended the King’s Hall in the quaint little picturesque town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire to witness the spectacular Lee Brady as Meat Loaf in Rock n Roll Dreams Came True: Meat Loaf – The Show.
Rock n Roll Dreams Came True: Meat Loaf – The Show is a tribute show to the legend that is Meat Loaf and showcases his greatest hits, including Paradise by the Dashboard Light, 2 Out of 3 Ain’t Bad and the most famous of all, the epic Bat Out of Hell!
We arrived at the King’s Hall to a buzzing auditorium, there were a few empty seats but it was pretty much sold out. There were all age groups represented, from young children to retirees.
The stage was set up with a large video screen, displaying facts about Meat Loaf and videos of his career etc. The band was also on stage and consisted of Dan Maylott – Lead Guitarist, Dan Miller – Drummer, Tomas Ashton – Bass Guitar and Mike Corfield – Piano.
As the curtain lifted, the dancers Beth Warwick and Joe Cheetham entered the auditorium from the rear of the crowd, dressed in black hooded robes and the show was about to begin.
Meat Loaf, aka Lee Brady, entered the stage and was a “dead ringer” for the great man himself. A great lookalike, but could he sing? Yes, he can and what a voice! For the next 2 hours we were pleasured with a medley of Meat Loaf songs along with some that weren’t Meat’s but ones written by Jim Steinman.
The female lead singer, Emma Parker, was just excellent. She not only looked the part in her off the shoulder floor length dress but also has an excellent voice. And it doesn’t stop there. Emma Jane Peyton Ramsden, the backing singer, has a superb rock voice that really carries.
The first half of the show was energetic, loud and great. The second half started with Dan Maylott getting the crowd off their feet, singing and dancing in the aisles and the show just got better.
The show ended with a huge selfie of the band and the audience (you can see this on their Facebook page), what a way to end!
This was a fantastic show. If you a lover of live music performed well, Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams Came True is a must, you don’t have to be a Meat Loaf fan to enjoy it. It was very energetic and powerful, by the end of the show everybody was up on their feet dancing (except my other half who doesn’t dance). Lee Brady has done Meat Loaf proud, he even got Meat Loaf’s mannerisms down to a tee, especially the fiddling with the red handkerchief while singing. The voices of the two Emmas were outstanding, and the dancers performed well on the small stage. As for the band, they were just excellent with Dan Maylott leading the way.
If you get the chance to see the show on its current tour then do so, you will not be disappointed.
Highly recommend and such a fantastic evening. Lee Brady is superb as Meat Loaf.
For other shows at the King’s Hall in Ilkley visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.
King’s Hall and Winter Garden, Station Road, Ilkley, LS29 8HB | 01274 432000