'I'm not really trying to be Meat Loaf, it's just about the music'
If you had met Steve Steinman in the late 1980s, you would have had little inkling of his future.
Back then, he ran a Manchester restaurant where he occasionally got up to serenade the diners.
But behind the scenes, Steve was starting to feel the pressure.
"The interest rate was 20 per cent and businesses were going bankrupt left, right and centre – so I sold up and got out quickly," he said.
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"I'd already started to perform.
"We had these events on where I'd be the host and would also get up and sing. I'd book these old 1960s bands who were very popular at the time and I'd do a song as well.
"I found out I sounded like Meat Loaf without even really trying – that is just the voice I have.
"That is the key to artistic tributes – if it is natural thing, it sounds so much better than somebody trying to push it."
After an appearance on long-running TV tribute show Stars In Their Eyes, he began to perform the American rockers' songs.
Twenty years on, the singer has branched out to create his own rock-comedy show, Vampire's Rock, and toured across Europe.
But it is his first show, the Meat Loaf Story, that he has decided to resurrect.
The production sees Steve, backed by a live band, run through the rocker's greatest hits.
While Steve jokes about it – "I think I've been going longer than Meat Loaf," he says – that mix of humour and performance is part of the show's draw.
"To be honest, it is more Steve Steinman sings Meat Loaf songs – I don't put on a wig or hold a hankie like some other tributes," said Steve.
"It is about the music, I'm not trying to be him.
"I can go out and be myself – I've put English humour in there. I have more fun on stage than Meat Loaf does."
He admits he is far from a "crazy fan" for the American singer – who released the multi-million selling Bat Out Of Hell album in 1977.
"I'd say I was much of a fan as anybody else," he said.
"I bought Bat Out Of Hell, like millions of others, but I haven't listened to his last four albums."
Instead, it is more about bringing the songs to those who might not have the opportunity to go to the rocker's arena shows.
"Some of the audience have never seen him live – so I bring the show to them," he said.
"They don't have to go to an arena, they can see it at a theatre."
His career has seen him play at some large venues, including the London Palladium, and he says he gets a particular buzz at reflecting on those, including The Who and The Beatles, who have trodden the same stages on which he performs.
"The show has developed over the years – the musicianship and the production are better," he said.
"The arrangements are different and extended. It is good for the audience – it is not just as you will hear on records.
"In a way, it is probably harder than being the real performer – you have to hit that same level, so you need to push the buttons."