Cle Rocks . . . 45th ANNIVERSARY OF BAT OUT OF HELL

Friday
21
Oct

Ellen Foley, Karla DeVito, Joe Stefko, John Gorman, Steve Popovich Jr., and Pearl Aday

Net proceeds from ticket sales will go to The Steve Popovich Scholarship Fund

Limited edition prints from Meat Loaf’s original Bat Out Of Hell tour from September 6, 1978 at Blossom Music Center will also be available for purchase. Photos were taken by Anastasia Pantsios and are part of Cleveland International Records’ archives. Other Cleveland International merchandise will be available as well.
 

Why you should see this show…

In 1977, one of the greatest underdog stories in music history took place. And it was all thanks to a one-of-a-kind performer, a genius composer, and a music industry visionary based in Cleveland.

45th Anniversary of Bat Out of Hell: Celebrating the lives of Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, and Steve Popovich honors the three men behind one of the best-selling rock albums of all time. It was Popovich who believed in Meat Loaf and Steinman’s vision, releasing Bat Out of Hell on Cleveland International Records.

This event celebrates that monumental achievement that took place 45 years ago, with the people who worked on it. Those on hand to tell their incredible stories include Ellen Foley, the powerhouse female voice on Meat Loaf’s legendary duet “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

Also in attendance will be singer/actress Karla DeVito, who served as a backup singer for Meat Loaf and is featured in the video for “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” and Joe Stefko, the drummer for Meat Loaf on the legendary “Bat Out of Hell Tour.”

Don’t miss an amazing night of storytelling and one of the most in-depth looks yet at the phenomenon that was “Bat Out of Hell.”

This CLE Rocks is ticketed to cover expenses to bring in the panelists. Net proceeds will go to the Steve Popovich Scholoarhsip Fund at Tri-C. The Steve Popovich Foundation created this scholarship fund to encourage young people to find their way in the music and recording arts industries.

 

Host

TroySmith

Troy L. Smith


Troy L. Smith has spent the past 15 years covering local, regional and national music for publications throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Currently, Troy serves as the lead music critic cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, covering the local concert scene and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Troy launched CLE Rocks in 2020 as a way to reflect on Cleveland’s rich musical history. Episodes so far have looked back at legendary concerts in Northeast Ohio featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, KISS, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
 

Panelists

Ellen Foley

Ellen Foley

Female rocker Ellen Foley is best known as the powerhouse voice behind Meat Loaf’s multiplatinum 1977 legendary duet, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

After “Paradise,” Ellen received several gold records and awards for her three solo albums (Night Out, Spirit of St. Louis, Another Breath) which were produced by high profile rock legends, such as Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, and Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of The Clash.

Her Broadway stage career includes starring in Hair, Into the Woods and Me and My Girl. It was Ellen who originated the role of the witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater. Reportedly, Sondheim’s “favorite witch,” he called her the “alpha and the omega.” Ellen performed a dance number in the movie Hair, choreographed with Twyla Tharp and directed by Milos Forman. She also had featured film roles in Tootsie, Fatal Attraction, Married to the Mob and Cocktail with Tom Cruise. Recently, she starred in Lies I Told My Little Sister, which was shown at film festivals in the U.S. and Canada.

In spring 2021, Foley announced a new album, Fighting Words, again in collaboration with Foglino. The LP features ten new tracks as well as Foley’s version of “Heaven Can Wait,” a Jim Steinman-penned ballad from Bat Out of Hell on which she hadn’t originally performed. This version of “Heaven Can Wait” first appeared on the soundtrack to Lies I Told My Little Sister, which featured Foley in a supporting role.

Today, Foley has the same rock ‘n roll energy and great stage moves she did when she was fighting off Meat Loaf at the dashboard light. “I’ve seen my share of paradise,” says Ellen, “and I will continue to do so.”
 
 
Karla Devito

Karla DeVito

Karla DeVito is the only woman to perform with Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman on stage and screen, around the world, in support of the original release of Bat out of Hell on Cleveland International Records.

Ms. DeVito first met Meat and Jim in 1977, a year and a half after the tracks for the album were recorded. After seeing Karla’s theatrical performance with the Boston- based rock band LUNA at Alice Tully Hall, Jim Steinman called and asked her to join them and originate the ‘Girl in White’ – the lone female character in the band.

Meat Loaf and Ms. DeVito’s stage chemistry throughout the show and especially in “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” created what has been referred to as “the most iconic battle of the sexes in music history.” Their live performance of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” on London’s Old Grey Whistle Test is credited with breaking the album in the UK.

Karla was asked by Joseph Papp to play the part of Mabel in Pirates of Penzance when Linda Ronstadt became ill – and, with hundreds of the press in the audience, Karla received raves for her performance. Joe Papp immediately asked Karla to replace Linda four month later. Kevin Kline was their Pirate King and Robby Benson was her Frederick – Karla and Robby were married every night in the show and were married (really!) one year later.

Karla’s first solo album, Is This a Cool World, or What was released by CBS/Epic.

Jim Steinman asked Karla to duet with him on “Dance in My Pants” for his solo album Bad for Good. The video they shot together is one of Karla’s favorites – a part of Steinman seldom seen – Jim is hilarious.

Asked by John Hughes and Keith Forsey to write a song specifically for the library dance scene in The Breakfast Club, Karla sang “We are Not Alone” co-written by Robby Benson and featured in the film and on the platinum soundtrack.

Her second album Wake ‘Em Up in Tokyo was released on A&M records.

Karla was Ken Russell’s first choice to play the role of Evita in the feature film Evita. Mr. Russell writes about Karla’s screen test and her stellar performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” in his book Altered States.

Karla starred in the feature film Modern Love, and once again, received rave reviews. Ms. DeVito also starred in the Off-Broadway show Open Heart which opened at the Historic Cherry Lane Theatre. She is currently writing and recording songs with her husband Robby on their YouTube Quarantine Playlist.
 
 
Joe Stefko

Joe Stefko

Joe’s initiation into the world of rock & roll touring was a two-year stint with John Cale of The Velvet Underground. Joe, a vegetarian, walked off the stage after Cale decapitated a chicken on stage in London. After reading about the incident, Meat Loaf asked to see Joe and hired him as his drummer for the Bat Out Of Hell tour following the release of the record. After 2 years of non-stop touring and twelve million Bat Out Of Hell records later, Joe put a band together for Flo & Eddie and The Turtles. Joe stayed with The Turtles for 37 years and also played with Hot Tuna, Edgar Winter and the great Ellen Foley. Besides the band, Joe is an award winning book publisher. His prestigious Charnel House imprint has designed and published lavish handmade limited editions for Dean Koontz, Tim Powers, Stephen King, H. G. Parry and Keith Reid, Lyricist for Procol Harum. He remained lifelong friends with Jim Steinman, who was his roommate for the first year of their tour. Joe and Meat became close again as Jim’s health failed. Joe and Steve Popovich remained close friends since the day they met at the first Meat Loaf rehearsal. “You couldn’t help but love Steve Popovich and his ever present boom box,” remembers Joe. He is proud to be a part of this celebration.
 
 
JohnGorman

John Gorman

John Gorman’s broadcasting career began with operating a pirate radio station from the attic of his family’s South Boston home in 1962. In 1973, he moved to Cleveland to join WMMS, a small, free-form FM station then under new ownership. Over the next thirteen years Gorman would help turn WMMS into one of the most popular and influential rock stations in the country. Later, he and Denny Sanders founded WNCX/Cleveland. In the early-to-mid ‘90s. Gorman operated WMJI, changing its format to rock and roll oldies which became the highest rated radio station in the U.S with that format. After stints as a media consultant, he wrote the The Buzzard, a memoir of his time with WMMS, and created oWOW, one of the first and most successful full-time online radio stations. Today, Gorman is partners in a new non-profit venture, Gray Panther Media, which will launch two online radio stations and a podcast service in 2023.
 
 
Steve Popovich

Steve Popovich Jr.

Steve Popovich, Jr. grew up – literally – in the entertainment business. Popovich is the son of music producer and promoter Steve Popovich, Sr. who received many industry awards for his work for Columbia, CBS and Polygram Records in the 1970s and 1980s, including six Grammy nominations, with two wins, for label and/or co-producer.

While in high school, Popovich worked for his father at Cleveland International and many of the acts his father promoted became family friends, including Meat Loaf and Steve Van Zandt. Van Zandt now sits on the board of Steve Popovich Legacy Foundation. The Foundation was started to preserve and promote the arts. It’s first project has been the creation of a music scholarship at Cuyahoga Community College.

Following in his father’s footsteps into the music business, yet taking his own path, Steve Popovich, Jr. worked for many years as a Producer of Specialty Programming/Outlaw Country for Sirius Radio. He also started his own business, Wrecking Ball Entertainment.

After his father passed away in 2011, it took eight years to close out the estate and Popovich has chosen to relaunch the Cleveland International label in his father’s honor. He has started the label relaunch with the release of a remastered Cleveland Rocks, a compilation of artists from the label’s glory years in the 1970s and originally brought together in 1995. The album contains songs like Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” and Ronnie Spector and the E Street Band’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.”
 
 
Pearl Aday

Pearl Aday

Singer songwriter Pearl Aday is Meat Loaf’s daughter. Pearl grew up onstage, in recording studios, and on tour buses traveling with her father watching him create and command the stage. In 1994 Pearl became a member of Meat Loaf’s touring band, singing background vocals on the Bat Out of Hell 2 world tour, and continued as a member of his band for almost a decade.

In the year 2000, Pearl joined Mötley Crüe as background singer on their Maximum Rock tour through the U.S. and their New Tattoo tour through Japan.

In 2010 Pearl released her debut album Little Immaculate White Fox produced by Joe Barresi on Megaforce Records (featuring Jim Wilson, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, and Ted Nugent) to rave reviews with an appearance as featured musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, U.S., UK, and European tours opening for Meat Loaf and Velvet Revolver, and a featured opening slot with Heart.

In 2011, Pearl followed up her debut release with Swing House Session: Pearl (Live & Acoustic) produced by Jay Ruston.

Pearl and her husband Scott Ian (Anthrax, The Damned Things, Mr. Bungle) launched the first release Ride in 2015 from their side project MOTOR SISTER on Metal Blade Records the hard rock all-star band with Jim Wilson (Mother Superior, Henry Rollins, Daniel Lanois, Sparks, Emmylou Harris), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), and John Tempesta (The Cult, White Zombie, Rob Zombie). Motor Sister released their second album Get Off in 2022 to rave reviews.

In 2018, Pearl released her third album Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry produced by Jay Ruston (featuring Jim Wilson, blues-rock guitarist Philip Sayce, and veteran pedal steel master Jay Dee Maness), touring the U.S. in support of country artists Cody Jinks and Ward Davis.

Pearl’s vocal talents have also been featured on album recordings with Ace Frehley, Stone Sour, Black Star Riders, KISS tribute compilation, Filter, Armored Saint, and several records with her father Meat Loaf including the duet “Man of Steel” written by Nikki Sixx and James Michael. Pearl is also a credited songwriter collaborating with some of country’s best artists Cody Jinks, Sunny Sweeney, Erin Enderlin, Erin Viancourt, and Ward Davis featured on his new album Black Cats and Crows with their songs “Threads.”

Pearl gratefully credits her life with her dad for her professionalism, her deep respect and appreciation for performance, her creativity, and her tenacity, and is so proud to be joining this event with these other amazing artists on this panel celebrating an amazing forty-five years of Bat Out Of Hell.
 
 


Popovich Scholarship

About The Steve Popovich Scholarship Fund

Steve Popovich, the late founder of Cleveland International Records, played a monstrous role in the careers of artists ranging from Meat Loaf to Michael Jackson. In memory of Popovich’s lifetime of work and encouragement of young artists, the Steve Popovich Foundation created this scholarship to encourage young people to find their way in the music and recording arts industries.

Steve Popovich has been described as having “coal dust in his veins and kielbasa in his soul” for his blue collar integrity in discovering and promoting artists from polka legend Frank Yankovic to Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Barbra Streisand. He started his career at CBS Records as the youngest-ever head of promotion at age 26. His storied career at multiple recording companies has impacted an enormous array of artists from almost every genre of music, resulting in virtually every conceivable award in the business. Over the course of his career, Popovich encouraged aspiring singer/songwriters, musicians and producers to follow their dreams.

His driving motto was “Be stubbornly passionate about your beliefs.” This scholarship continues his legacy by helping Tri-C students make the music of tomorrow.
 
 

Dining Option

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