The 13 songs on the new album, which comes out May 11 in North America, are companion pieces to a short story written by screenwriter director Kilian Kerwin about a wounded soldier whose thoughts are flashing forward to a future that may never be. According to Billboard, Meat Lofe commented, the music “is the synopsis for a screenplay,” there have already been discussions about taking the project to a cinematic level.
“We’ve had meetings about it,” says Meat Loaf, which debuted at No. 4 on the U.K. charts after its April release there. “Without beating us over the head, basically what they’ve said is, ‘Let’s see what kind of reception you get with your record and then we’ll talk from there”.
Meanwhile, Meat Loaf is anxious for fans to listen to “…Teddy Bear,” which was produced by Rob Cavallo and features songs by Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Hawkins (the Darkness, Hot Leg), Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida, Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman, Desmond Child, “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi, James Michael and newcomer Rick Brantley. Guests include DioGuardi, Jack Black, Patti Russo, guitarists Brian May of Queen and Steve Vai, actor Hugh Laurie and Meat Loaf’s daughter Pearl Aday.
“Hang Cool Teddy Bear is the most important record of my life,” Meat Loaf said
Meat Loaf, who recorded “…Teddy Bear’s” basic tracks live in the studio, says he and his band have already worked up seven of the new songs for a tour that begins July 3 in Gilford, N.H., including the first single, “Los Angeloser.”