Review contributed by Cassandra Hale

What better time than the lead up to All Hallows’ Eve to bring The Bat out of Hell tour to The Palms at Crown Casino. The drive in really set the tone for the show with Zombies and other Halloween lovers out in force together with the crowds from Derby Day, sometimes it was hard to pick the difference. The Palms at Crown is a venue I really enjoy, while it is intimate there is still plenty of room to dance in your seat or if that’s not your scene the booths are a terrific option to relax and enjoy a drink and take in the show.

This is not my first time seeing Chocolate Starfish and from previous experience, I knew I was in for a cracker of a night. Chocolate Starfish fronted by the charismatic Adam Thompson took the stage, Adam wearing a kilt no less, to a huge applause and belted out Bat Out of Hell, a big ask for the first song of the night but he nailed it, not missing a note and keeping the audience captivated. It took only the first song to have the audience on their feet, dancing and singing You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth, then moving on to the power ballad Heaven Can Wait. The three backup singers were terrific, filling in all the gaps when a females touch was required, one even singing a Steinman classic Total Eclipse of the Heart while Adam took a quick break.

The show moved through the classic 1977 Meatloaf album with ease, finishing with the iconic For Crying Out Loud, which, for the singer comes with many challenges but once again Adam delivered leaving the crowd hungry for more.  If you think that was where the show finished you would be mistaken, Adam and the boys were just warming up, much to the delight of the cheering crowd.

Without so much as a break they jumped into the Chocolate Starfish classics Mountain and You’re so Vain, Adam paying a visit to the crowd climbing on chairs and singing with us all, I believe it was at this time that a few people did get to see a little more of Adam than they bargained for when they got a birds eye view of what he was ‘not’ wearing under his kilt!

On his return to the stage it was back to Meatloaf and I Would Do Anything For Love, and I can say with all confidence that Chocolate Starfish would have been a much better option at the 2011 AFL Grand Final!

Just when you think there must be nothing left in the tank, it was time to heat things up with a classic from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I must admit one of my favorites Sweet Transvestite. Two of the backup singers accompanied Adam dressed in corsets, stockings at not much more, a fabulous song to end the night on, the crowd soaked up every minute, Adam’s theatrics made you think that a career in musical theater was still a viable option. He went on to invite everyone for a drink in the foyer afterward and sadly the show was over. I left feeling completely satisfied and from the look of everyone else, I was not alone.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the band, they were all fantastic and on point for the entire show. Having such an effervescent frontman, the band can sometimes fade into background, but this couldn’t have been further from the truth last night, they were brilliant.

If you haven’t already snagged tickets to one of the remaining shows on the rest of the tour, please go and support our amazing home grown talent and get amongst it, you will not be disappointed.

The Bat Out of Hell tour now heads to New South Wales, Mildura, Bendigo and Swan Hill, full tour dates at chocolatestarfish.com.au

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