RETURNING to his hometown in his 27th continuous year of touring, Meat Loaf superfan Steve Steinman set the Palace Theatre alight in Manchester this week.

Decades after first appearing on Stars In Their Eyes, the singer with Bolton roots entertained fellow fans with a neverending string of hits from the eighties.

He was joined onstage by Lorraine Crosby, the vocalist who sang those immortal words with Meat Loaf – I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

They performed that epic song live, alongside other hits by the legendary songwriter Jim Steinman, as part of Steve's latest production, Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story.

The Meat Loaf fans in the room were treated to electric performances of all of the classic hits as well as some lesser known tracks.

Lorraine, a friend of Bonnie Tyler, stole the show with her incredible vocals and solo performances of Holding Out For A Hero and Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Music aside, the duo also entertained the crowd throughout the three-hour performance with their cheap, cheerful and often cheeky comedy.

With over 2,000 performances and over a million tickets sold worldwide, Steve has come a long way since his performance as Meat Loaf on ITV’s hit show Stars In Their Eyes back in 1993.

But while Steve was doing the musical circuit in Bolton before his life-changing TV appearance, Newcastle-born Lorraine was in LA to secure a contract with record giants MCA.

A chance meeting with Jim Steinman, the genius behind the epic multi-million selling album Bat Out Of Hell, led to him to becoming her manager.

Lorraine was then introduced to Meat Loaf and was asked to put down her vocals on what became one of the best-selling songs of all time.

She can also be credited for vocals on the hit Number 1 album Bat Out Of Hell II - Back Into Hell.

As Meat Loaf is no longer touring, Steve Steinman makes the perfect performer of his classic hits, his talented side-kick Lorraine Crosby confirmed.

Steve will be returning to Manchester with his incredible live band next year, performing at Bridgewater Hall.