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By Carol Perkins

The music of Meatloaf has been transformed into a play entitled "Bat Out of Hell," which is one of his hits. (I hesitated to use that word.) Once in Las Vegas (last week's story), I scoured those Vegas magazines left in hotel rooms, looking for a show. Being a fan of Meatloaf (the singer), I wanted to see this musical. Guy did not, but as the famous Meatloaf hit goes, "I will do anything for love..."

This rock n' roll show was all leather, motorcycles, and a spinoff of West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet. First chord by the band brought us out of our seats as if a gun had been fired. Shook the room. I glanced over to Guy who was looking at me. I patted his arm, "It'll get better."

As the music/story progressed, I was in "hog heaven," tapping my feet and swaying to the beat. I glanced at Guy. He was looking up at the rafters, counting the lights attached to beams, or maybe praying for a quick end. Song after song from his greatest hits had a hold on the audience, but not on Guy.

"How anybody could enjoy that, I don't know," he said as we were leaving. "That was the worst ever."

I took issue. "But I thought Les Miserables was the worst." He remembered, "Yeah, that WAS the worst, but this comes in second." I asked him why he didn't leave. The gentleman in him said, "I didn't want to leave you sitting there alone." I was alone because he was a million miles away. At one point when the stage went dark, he thought it was over. Wrong.

As the ushers were pushing t-shirts on our exit, Guy said, "Surely you don't want one." I didn't. I couldn't see myself wearing a "Bat out of Hell" t-shirt. I wouldn't even buy a Rolling Stone t-shirt when I saw them.

I was thinking later about the greatest performance of the night, "I Will Do Anything for Love," which went on for five minutes. Guy certainly wouldn't have been in that situation if not for me. However, the end of the song says, "But I won't do that." His days of sitting through musicals ended that night.

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