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Meat Loaf bounces back in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’ after health concerns

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Opening night of Meat Loaf in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Planet Hollywood.

Opening Night of Meat Loaf in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Doctors concerned about a serious chest infection wouldn’t let Meat Loaf perform one of his “Rocktellz & Cocktails” shows last week at Planet Hollywood despite his pleas for a cortisone shot to go onstage. He was vastly improved by Saturday when I saw him, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation after an amazing, flawless two-hour performance of hits and a Q+A.

His standup routine as the Rabbit character and the evangelical granddad adds to the rocking experience. Meat Loaf shakes up his show every time, so it’s never the same. He had the audience screaming along to “I Would Do Anything for Love” and “Bat Out of Hell,” music so loud that it must have permeated down to Britney Spears’ theater.

This is a real rock and roll party with plenty of fun, sexy dancing girls, acrobatics, silly clowns and two of the hottest and sexiest backup singers you’ve ever seen and heard. You really want to drive to the lake for paradise by the dashboard light with them!

Meat is relaxed firing T-shirts into the theater from cannon guns and jumping to the left and stepping to the right in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s” “Time Warp.” This is a must-not-miss show, and you’ll jump for joy when Meat tells you that lyricist Jim Steinman and he are working on an album, “Braver Than the Future,” to be finished recording in September.

The current run is through June 21, and then he returns later this summer for another installment of “Rocktellz & Cocktails” after shows in Britain.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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