More than 20 years ago, Stars In Their Eyes hit our TV screens, transforming everyday people into superstars for one night.
Since his appearance on the show 18 years ago performing as Meat Loaf, Steve Steinman has become a star in his own right and developed that ‘one night’ into a full blown career.
Known for his performances in the hit shows Vampires Rock, Steve has a fan base most rock stars would be proud of and has performed at the London Palladium and arenas and concert halls all over the world.
His show, The Meat Loaf Story, is on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal on March 16 and sees Steve delivering the best of the best from Meat Loaf’s incredible back catalogue of albums spanning the star’s 40-year career.
In the show, Steve discards with the pretence of wigs and make up and lets his voice and the performance do the talking.
With video projected scenes, elaborate stage set, superb band and Steve’s unique sense of humour and stage presence, the show is said to have audience members up on their feet and dancing in the aisles to all the greatest Meat Loaf hits, from Paradise by the Dashboard Light and Took the Words Right out of my Mouth, to Anything For Love, The Monster is Loose and Bat Out Of Hell.
As well as being a busy singer and actor, Steve is also the driving force behind his own production company and has worked with some of the world’s best-known rock stars.
Born in Manchester in 1965, he originally started out on a very different career path.
A love of good food led him to train and work as a chef in his home city where he opened his own restaurants, and also branched out into bars and hotels too.
Never intending to leave the restaurant business behind, Steve applied for ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ and after an amazing response following the show, he decided to give performing a chance.
In 2004, he produced a brand new show called Vampires Rock - a concert fantasy featuring all of the great rock anthems, and he embarked on a ‘Vampires Rock’ arena tour the following year, performing at Sheffield, Nottingham and Manchester Evening News arenas.
This musical comedy, set in New York in 2030 where the dead are very much alive, sees the cast blast their way through some of the greatest rock anthems ever, with songs from Meat Loaf, Rainbow, AC/DC, Alice Coper, the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Queen, White Snake, Bonnie Tyler and Cher.
2006 saw the release of the Vampires Rock DVD, filmed live at Nottingham Arena, and in 2007 the Vampires Rock tour was joined by Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda, while in 2008 Toyah Willcox joined in a brand new role created just for her. Toyah also signed up for the 2009 tour.
In 2009, Steve also returned to the music of Meat Loaf with Bat The Symphony which combined a 40-piece orchestra with his own rock band to perform all of Meat Loaf’s biggest hits.
The following year, he took Vampires Rock back on the road with a massive 100-date sell-out tour running into 2011. The show has gone from strength to strength performing to more than 50,000 fans every year.
Steve has also branched out into a Vampires Rock clothing range and is the team manager for a youth motocross team called Vampires Rock Motul racing.
Last year, he decided to bring the curtain down on the original Vampires Rock but has a new project under way with a sequel called The Ghost Train which will tour from 2015.
n For tickets, from £5.50 to £22.50, call 01603 630000