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Meat Loaf, New Cars Bassist Keeps Career In Full Gear

Of the Oakland Press

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As Meat Loaf’s music director and a member of the New Cars, you’d think Kasim Sulton would take advantage of some down time to rest.

Instead, he’s out on the road on his own, playing solo shows that feature material from his four albums and a selection of covers.

“If I step back and look at it, I always say to myself, ‘Are you nuts? You’re out of your mind! Could you possibly be doing any more?’ ” says the Brooklyn-born Sulton, 51, who came to prominence in Todd Rundgren’s Utopia in the ’70s, singing its Top 30 hit “Set Me Free,” and has also worked with Jon Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger, Hall & Oates and Joan Jett, among others.

“But while I’m in the midst of it, it really doesn’t seem that bad. It’s just an extension of the rest of my career. It makes a lot of sense for me to be doing this, and I certainly wouldn’t be doing this if people weren’t coming to the shows.”

Sulton is putting together a two-CD retrospective of his solo recordings that he plans to sell at the shows, and he’s gearing up for a busy year that includes a Meat Loaf world tour and some New Cars dates — and possibly new recordings by that band.

“I have a tendency to never say ‘no,’ ” he notes with a laugh.

He does, however, shake his head a bit when it comes time to sing some Meat Loaf songs in his set.

“I do on occasion,” Sulton says, “but that stuff is hard enough to do with a band, let alone with just a couple of us and acoustic guitars.

“I never realized how diffi cult that stuff was to sing. When Meat isn’t in rehearsals, because I’m the musical director, I have to take the reins sometimes and lead the band as the singer, as well. Man, it’s tough singing those songs. They are not easy songs to sing.”

Kasim Sulton performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 24) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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