Meat Loaf has embarked on a summer North American tour in support of his star-studded forthcoming album Hang Cool Teddy Bear. Joining Meat Loaf for the Vegas show will be his daughter Pearl as the support act. The tour will make a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, August 20. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon
Meat Loaf’s new Hang Cool Teddy Bear, whose title was taken from a line in Beyond The Valley of the Dolls, was produced by Rob Cavallo and features guest appearances by Jack Black, Hugh Laurie, Kara DioGuardi, Queen’s Brian May and Steve Vai. The highly anticipated album was released in May from Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The first single from Hang Cool Teddy Bear, “Like a Rose,” debuted on AOL’s Spinner.com.
The CD’s theme was inspired by screenwriter/director Kilian Kerwin’s story. A soldier who has been wounded in battle thinks he is going to die. Instead of his life flashing backward at the prospect, his life flashes forward into what could have been. The inter-related songs are the different scenarios he finds himself in. It’s not always the same time or place, but it is always the same woman. The album’s first video, “Los Angeloser,” is a tale of a bad significant other who takes advantage of a generous lover. (Who hasn’t been there?!)
“I wanted it big, I wanted it dramatic, I wanted a rock record,” Meat Loaf says. “Yes, it sounds like a Meat Loaf record. But it sounds different, too; it sounds new, it sounds fresh. It speaks to you in a different way.”
For Hang Cool Teddy Bear, Meat Loaf’s creativity was sparked by working with a new collaborator, Rob Cavallo, a lifelong Meat Loaf fan who has worked with some of the most explosive names in rock music: Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore and Fleetwood Mac. According to Meat Loaf, “Rob is the number one rock producer in the world because he leaves his ego out of the equation and gives an artist his voice, making it sound better than the artist could even imagine.”
Tickets, starting at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees), will be available Saturday at noon at the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.