Classic rocker Meat Loaf is planning a comeback tour. Only there is a catch. He won’t actually be singing. While the legendary belter tells stories about his songwriting and producing partner Jim Steinman, American Idol season 13 winner Caleb Johnson will perform his hits.
According to The Daily Mail, Meat Loaf is concerned about losing his voice while performing his classics and does not want to face accusations of lip syncing on the more challenging numbers.
A source revealed to The Sun that Meat Loaf would be embarking on a world tour despite health and vocal issues.
‘He’s been relying on pre-recorded vocal tracks for a while but doesn’t want to face accusations of miming on a huge tour, so is passing the baton on to Caleb, who he’s a big fan of.
‘Instead his involvement will be telling stories of how he met Jim Steinman, who he’s worked with since the Seventies, and other anecdotes. But the singing will be left to Caleb.’
The “Back Out of Hell” tour dates will be revealed in July 2018 and if the show is a success, the rocker hopes to move on to a Las Vegas residency.
According to a recent Rolling Stone interview, Meat Loaf needs a walker to even take a few steps. His wife has to put him to bed–he’s a shut in at this point. It’s hard to imagine him lasting on a long tour.
As far as Caleb taking on Meat Loaf’s range busting songs, I don’t think he’ll have a problem. Remember the American Idol finale when Caleb hit the high note in Aerosmith’s “Dream On” without breaking a sweat? He’ll easily serve as a vocal doppelganger for Meatloaf.
However, whether folks will pay money to watch Meat Loaf tell stories while a reality star sings his hits? That remains to be seen.