Neverland Express

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The Neverland Express is the name for Meat Loaf's live band. The name is most likely taken from Jim Steinman's affinity for Peter Pan.

This list does not contain guest members.

Current lineup[edit]

2014 (Rocktellz & Cocktails)[edit]

Paul Crook: Lead Guitars
Randy Flowers: Guitars, Vocals
Danny Miranda: Bass, Vocals
Justin Avery: Piano, Vocals
Dave Luther: Saxophones, Keyboards, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Cian Coey: Vocals
Stacy Michelle Plunk: Vocals

Previous lineups[edit]

1977-79 ("Bat Out of Hell")[edit]

Bob Kulick: Lead Guitars
Bruce Kulick: Guitars
Steve Buslowe: Bass, Vocals
Jim Steinman: Piano, Vocals §
Paul Glanz: Keyboards, Vocals
Joe Stefko: Drums
Karla DeVito: Female Lead Vocals
Rory Dodd: Vocals

§ Paul Jacobs made his debut during this tour after Jim Steinman departed due to exhaustion.

1981-82 ("Dead Ringer" / European Tour)[edit]

Davey Johnstone: Lead Guitars §
Mark Doyle: Guitars §§
Steve Buslowe: Bass, Vocals
Paul Jacobs: Piano, Vocals
George Meyer: Keyboards, Vocals
Terry Williams: Drums
Pamela Moore: Female Lead Vocals
Ted Neeley: Vocals
Eric Troyer: Vocals

§ Mark Doyle moved into this position for the European tour.
§§ Steve Hunter replaced Mark Doyle in his original position for the European tour.
§§§ George Borowski was the guitar tech during the '81/'82 period, but often played with the band onstage, especially during encores.[1] By the end of the tour, he had become the opening act.

1983 ("Midnight at the Lost and Found")[edit]

Bob Kulick: Lead Guitars
Mark Doyle: Guitars
Steve Buslowe: Bass, Vocals
Paul Jacobs: Piano, Vocals
Wells Kelly: Drums
Kati Mac: Female Lead Vocals

1984-85 ("Bad Attitude")[edit]

Bob Kulick: Lead Guitars
Paul Jacobs: Guitars, Piano, Vocals
John Golden: Bass, Vocals
Brian Chatton: Keyboards, Vocals
Andy Wells: Drums
Kati Mac: Female Lead Vocals
Doreen Chanter: Vocals

1987-88 (20/20 - "Blind Before I Stop" / Lost Boys and Golden Girls - "Bat out of Hell" 10th Anniversary)[edit]

Bob Kulick: Lead Guitars
Alan Merrill: Guitars, Vocals
Steve Buslowe: Bass, Vocals
Frank Doyle: Keyboards §
Chuck Burgi: Drums
Amy Goff: Female Lead Vocals
Elaine Goff: Vocals

§ Domenic Cicchetti replaced Frank Doyle for the Bat anniversary tour.
§§ Paul Jacobs is credited for piano on the 1987 Live at Wembley album, but it is unknown whether this was an ongoing or temporary position (see the following entry for more on this confusion).
§§§ Stevie Lange filled in for one of the Goff sisters on the 1988 tour.[2]

1989-1991[edit]

Various band members passed through during this time period, and no firm info is known on exactly when people started and ended their employment. However, it is known that Pat Thrall and Dave Gellis both filled the lead guitar position at various points during this period, that Martin Gerschwitz (from February-July 1989) and Mark Alexander both handled the keyboard position, and that the core of the last certainly-known lineup (Steve Buslowe, Chuck Burgi, and Amy and Elaine Goff) were still intact, until John Miceli replaced Burgi in 1991.

Adding to the confusion, the liner notes for Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, after the standard credits for session musicians and amongst Meat Loaf's management team and other miscellaneous thank you's, list the following people as part of "The Band." (Note that the instruments or positions they have been known to fill in the past are listed; it is not known whether they actually filled said positions in the same band at any time.)

"The Band"[edit]

Guitars: Pat Thrall, Dave Gellis
Bass: Steve Buslowe
Piano: Paul Jacobs
Keyboards: Mark Alexander, "Dominic Chichetti" (sic)
Drums: Chuck Burgi, John Miceli
Vocals: Amy Goff, Elaine Goff, "Patricia Rousseau" (sic)

1993-97 (Everything Louder - "Bat Out of Hell II" / Born to Rock - "Welcome to the Neighborhood" / German festival tour)[edit]

Pat Thrall: Lead Guitars, Vocals
Kasim Sulton: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Buslowe: Bass, Vocals
Mark Alexander: Piano, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals

§ Pearl Aday sang backing vocals in the summer of 1994 and from May 1996-January 1997.

1998-2000 ("The Very Best of Meat Loaf" / Storytellers)[edit]

Damon La Scot: Lead Guitars
Ray Andersen: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Tom Brislin: Piano, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals
Pearl Aday: Vocals

2001 (The Night of the Proms)[edit]

Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Mark Alexander: Piano, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals
Pearl Aday: Vocals

2002 ("Just Havin' Fun for the Summer" & "Holidays" Tour)[edit]

Damon La Scot: Lead Guitars
John Golden: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Mark Alexander: Piano, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals
Pearl Aday: Vocals

2003-04 ("Couldn't Have Said it Better")[edit]

Paul Crook: Lead Guitars
Randy Flowers: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals §
Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Mark Alexander: Piano, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals
Renee Cologne: Vocals §§

§ John Golden performed at early promo concerts in Germany and Amsterdam.
§§ Pearl Aday sang backing vocals at one promo concert in Germany. Sara Douglas sang backing vocals at one promo concert in Amsterdam). §§§
§§§ Carolyn "C.C." Coletti-Jablonski replaced Renee Cologne in October 2003.

2005-(July) 2006 (Hair of the Dog)[edit]

Paul Crook: Lead Guitars
Randy Flowers: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Mark Alexander: Piano, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals
Carolyn "C.C." Coletti-Jablonski: Vocals

(September) 2006-07 (The Bases are Loaded / Seize the Night / Three Bats - "Bat Out of Hell III")[edit]

Paul Crook: Lead Guitars
Randy Flowers: Guitars, Vocals
Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Mark Alexander: Piano, Vocals
Dave Luther: Saxophones, Keyboards, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Aspen Miller: Female Lead Vocals
Carolyn "C.C." Coletti-Jablonski: Vocals

Following the abrupt end of this tour in October 2007, Meat Loaf announced on BBC-TV that Patti Russo would be returning to her role as female lead vocalist in 2008.

2008 (Casa de Carne)[edit]

Paul Crook: Lead Guitars
Randy Flowers: Guitars, Vocals
Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Mark Alexander: Piano, Vocals
Dave Luther: Saxophones, Keyboards, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals
Carolyn "C.C." Coletti-Jablonski: Vocals

2010-(July) 2013 ("Hang Cool Teddy Bear" / Guilty Pleasure / Mad, Mad World - "Hell in a Handbasket" / Last at Bat Farewell Tour)[edit]

Paul Crook: Lead Guitars
Randy Flowers: Guitars, Vocals
Danny Miranda: Bass, Vocals
Justin Avery: Piano, Vocals
Dave Luther: Saxophones, Keyboards, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Patti Russo: Female Lead Vocals

§ Carolyn "C.C." Coletti-Jablonski sang backing vocals on the Hang Cool Tour (June-September 2010 only).
§§ Ginny Luke performed as a violinist on the Guilty Pleasure tour (October 2011 only).

(September-November) 2013 (Rocktellz & Cocktails)[edit]

Paul Crook: Lead Guitars
Randy Flowers: Guitars, Vocals
Danny Miranda: Bass, Vocals
Tish Diaz: Piano, Vocals §
Dave Luther: Saxophones, Keyboards, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Lyssa Lynne Baker: Vocals
Stacy Michelle Plunk: Vocals

§ Justin Avery returned for the final three performances following an extended bereavement leave.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borowski can be seen here [1] performing with the band on Saturday Night Live.
  2. ^ Documented on this bootleg.