Jim's opening night gift to us all
Jim spent a long time trying to think of an opening night gift that would be both meaningful and in keeping with Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical. As we brainstormed I recalled a long interview Jim gave in 2003 for an Ultimate Albums special on VH1. He spoke for nearly four hours but they only used a small clip on TV. As a "thank you" for having helped them source material, the producer gave us a copy on VHS tape to use in a non-commercial way sometime in the future. We hadn't, up until a couple of weeks ago, ever transferred the tape to disc. When we watched it back we knew we had the opening night gift in our hands. Jim titled it "The Lost…Interview" and I added "Words by Jim Steinman" as a twist on his iconic album credit.
Anyone even remotely interested in Bat Out Of Hell, Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf, the music industry, songs, art, culture, life or love should be thrilled with this. Jim's mind is a rare and beautiful thing and he speaks openly on many topics you, the London cast of Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, will be familiar with: the jugular nature of love, the importance of making people feel the extremes, the joy of "going over the top" and how Obsidian and The Lost came to be. You'll also hear about how Jim's genius, Meat Loaf's enormous talent and David Sonenberg's unwavering belief all worked together to breath life into the vision you all, so superbly, recreate nightly.
Jim always says this album "belongs to everyone." That's true but it needs a conduit and you are it's lifeline. You are now the jugular vein from which both young and old hearts feed.
Jim asked that I "thank them all without naming names. Everyone is important and I needed them all for it to work."
No life is the same after "Songs by Jim Steinman" and no life is the same after seeing Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical. You are part of a continuum that started in Jim's mind as a teenager and will outlive us all. Bat Out Of Hell lives wherever love lives, wherever youth lives and wherever passion rules.
Congratulations to each of you individually but especially, all of you together.
Godspeed & Peace to You