Meat Loaf plots return to Massachusetts

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Meat Loaf will return to the road this summer on his “Mad, Mad World Tour” in support of his new album, Hell in a Handbasket. The veteran rocker will play Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on Tuesday, July 31. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $20 to $65, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

Hell in a Handbasket, Meat Loaf’s 12th studio album and follow up to 2010’s Hang Cool Teddy Bear, was released last month. For “Stand in the Storm”, the singer collaborated with Lil Jon, John Rich and Mark McGrath, all of who he stared with on season 11 of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice”. Produced by his guitarist Paul Crook, it also features Chuck D of Public Enemy on “Mad Mad World/The Good God is a Woman and She Don’t Like Ugly”.

Hell in a Handbasket is the most personal record I’ve ever made,” said Meat Loaf in a press release. “It’s really the first record I’ve ever put out about how I feel about life and how I feel about what’s going on at the moment.”

So, what can fans expect on the upcoming tour?

“People who come to Meat Loaf shows know what to expect,” he said. “They know they’re going to get full-on energy with the best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world. That’s not an opinion. That’s the truth.”

Joining Meat Loaf onstage will be his longtime band, The Neverland Express: Crook, John Miceli (drums, percussion), Patti Russo (lead and backing vocals), Randy Flowers (guitars, vocals), David Luther (saxophone, vocals) Justin Avery (piano, organ, keyboard, vocals), Danny Miranda (electric and upright bass) and Ginny Luke (violin, vocals).

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