Neverland Express Lineup History

On January 13th 1974, More Than You Deserve ended it's run at New York's Public Theatre. The musical, written as a Vietnam War comedy by Jim Steinman and Weller, starred the young Meat Loaf as the character Rabbit. Meat auditioned for a part in 1972 when the musical, at the time called "Souvenirs" was being written and prepared. After deliberation, he was given a unique part, simply named after himself, and later, the aforementioned Rabbit. 

The musical began a journey for both Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, who would work closely together until 1981, after which they would work further apart but still very much together, until Jim Steinman sadly passed in April of this year, after many years of battling health issues.

In 1974, they had an idea to make a rock album, and along the way they brought in many others, they began to form a band, and by 1977, they had that album out as "Bat Out Of Hell", and the band, nameless, simply referred to as Meat Loaf's band until being renamed sometime around 1980, to the more recognisable "Neverland Express".

Over the past year I have been working to build a comprehensive list of lineup changes of the band from 1974, until the band was put on hold in 2016 after Meat Loaf's (so far) final tour. The lineups can be confusing, but haven spoken to over 10 members of the band to clarify dates and lineups, I believe this is as accurate as has currently been released on the history of the band.

1974 - 1975 (Unnamed Collaboration)
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Piano, Spoken Word, Vocals - Jim Steinman

December 1975 - Early 1976 (Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman)
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Piano, Spoken Word, Vocals - Jim Steinman
Backing Vocals - Rory Dodd

Early 1976 - Summer 1977 
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals (Occasional Role) - Ellen Foley
Piano, Spoken Word, Vocals - Jim Steinman
Backing Vocals - Rory Dodd

Formation

Summer 1977 - Summer 1978 (Meat Loaf / Meat Loaf's Band)
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Karla DeVito
Lead Guitar - Bruce Kulick
Guitar - Bob Kulick
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Joe Stefko
Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Glanz (Paul Gene)
Piano, Spoken Word, Vocals - Jim Steinman
Backing Vocals - Rory Dodd

Summer 1978 
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Karla DeVito
Lead Guitar - Bruce Kulick
Guitar - Bob Kulick
Bass, Spoken Word, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Joe Stefko
Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Glanz (Paul Gene)
Piano, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Backing Vocals - Rory Dodd

Autumn 1978 - Spring 1979 
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Karla DeVito
Lead Guitar - Bruce Kulick
Guitar - Bob Kulick
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Joe Stefko
Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Glanz (Paul Gene)
Piano, Spoken Word, Vocals - Jim Steinman
Backing Vocals - Rory Dodd

Breakup and Reformation

Summer 1981 - Early 1982 (The Neverland Express)
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Pamela Moore
Lead Guitar - Davey Johnstone
Guitar, Vocals - Mark Doyle
Bass, Spoken Word, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Terry Williams
Keyboards - George Meyer
Piano, Guitar, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Backing Vocals - Eric Troyer
Backing Vocals - Ted Neeley

Spring 1982 
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals, Spoken Word - Pamela Moore
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Mark Doyle
Guitar, Vocals - Steve Hunter
Guitar (Occasional Role) - George Borowski
Bass, Spoken Word, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Terry Williams
Keyboards - George Meyer
Piano, Guitar, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Backing Vocals - Eric Troyer
Backing Vocals - Ted Neeley

Breakup and Reformation

Meat Loaf concert on February 7th 1983, band lineup unknown.

June 1983 
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals, Guitar - Kati Mac
Lead Guitar - Bob Kulick
Guitar, Vocals - Mark Doyle
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Wells Kelly
Piano, Guitar, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Backing Vocals, Guitar - Doreen Chanter

July 1983 - Late 1983 
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Kati Mac
Lead Guitar - Bob Kulick
Guitar, Vocals - Mark Doyle
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Wells Kelly
Piano, Guitar, Vocals - Paul Jacobs

Summer 1984 - October 28th 1984
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Kati Mac
Lead Guitar - Bob Kulick
Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Bass, Guitar, Vocals - John Golden
Drums - Wells Kelly
Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Brian Chatton
Backing Vocals - Doreen Chanter

Tragically, Wells Kelly passed away on October 28th 1984.

November 1984 - Autumn 1985
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Kati Mac
Lead Guitar - Bob Kulick
Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Bass, Guitar, Vocals - John Golden
Drums - Andy Wells
Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Doreen Chanter
Backing Vocals - Doreen Chanter

The following lineup rehearsed once, never playing live.

Early 1986
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Guitar - Bob Kulick
Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Corky Laing

Breakup and Reformation

Summer 1986 - Late 1987
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Elaine Goff
Lead Guitar - Bob Kulick
Guitar, Vocals - Alan Merrill
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Chuck Burgi
Piano, Vocals (Occasional Role) - Paul Jacobs
Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Frank Doyle
Backing Vocals - Amy Goff

February 1988 - January 1989
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Elaine Goff
Lead Guitar - Bob Kulick
Guitar, Vocals - Alan Merrill
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Chuck Burgi
Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Domenic Chichetti
Backing Vocals - Amy Goff

January 1989 - February 1989
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Elaine Goff
Lead Guitar - N/A
Guitar, Vocals - Alan Merrill
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Chuck Burgi
Piano, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Backing Vocals - Amy Goff

February 1989 - October 1989
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Elaine Goff
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Pat Thrall
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Chuck Burgi
Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Gerschwitz
Backing Vocals - Amy Goff

October 1989 - November 1989
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Elaine Goff
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Pat Thrall
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Chuck Burgi
Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Jacobs
Backing Vocals - Amy Goff

November 1989 - January 1990
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Elaine Goff
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Pat Thrall
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Chuck Burgi
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Amy Goff

January 1990 - August 1991
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Amy Goff
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Dave Gellis
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - Chuck Burgi
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Elaine Goff
Backing Vocals (Occasional Role) - Cindy Thrall

August 1991 - February 1992
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Amy Goff
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Dave Gellis
Bass, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Elaine Goff

Most of this lineup helped on the recording of "Bat Out Of Hell 2" from 1991-1993, including both Goff sisters who provided backing vocals on several songs.

Breakup and Reformation

June 1993 - July 1994
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Pat Thrall
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Bass, Spoken Word, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Piano, Spoken Word, Vocals (in New York & Toronto) - Jim Steinman

July 1994 - 1997
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Pat Thrall
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Bass, Spoken Word, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Pearl Aday

1997
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Pat Thrall
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Bass, Spoken Word, Vocals - Steve Buslowe
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander

Breakup and Reformation

1998 - September 2001
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Damona LaScot
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Ray Andersen
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Tom Brislin
Backing Vocals - Pearl Aday

October 2001 - December 2001
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Damona LaScot
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Ray Andersen
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Pearl Aday

Early 2002 - December 2002
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar, Vocals - Damona LaScot
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - John Golden
Bass, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Pearl Aday

January 2003 - May 2003
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - John Golden
Bass, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Sara Douglas
Backing Vocals (Occasional Role) - Pearl Aday
Backing Vocals (Occasional Role) - Deborah Gillespie

May 2003 - October 2003
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Vocals - Paul Crook
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - Renee Cologne
Backing Vocals - Pearl Aday

October 2003 - July 2006
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Backing Vocals - C.C. Colletti-Jablonski

August 2006 - 2008
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Aspen Miller
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther
Backing Vocals - C.C. Colletti-Jablonski

2008 
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Vocals - Kasim Sulton
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Mark Alexander
Saxophone, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals - Dave Luther
Backing Vocals - C.C. Colletti-Jablonski

Breakup and Reformation

Early 2010 - September 2010
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Justin Avery
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther
Backing Vocals - C.C. Colletti-Jablonski

October 2010 - September 2011
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Justin Avery
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther

September 2011 - November 2011
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Justin Avery
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther
Violin, Vocals - Ginny Luke

Early 2012 - May 2013
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Patti Russo
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Justin Avery
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther

August 2013
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Lyssa Lynne
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Justin Avery
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther
Backing Vocals - Stacey Michelle

2013 Rocktellz & Cocktails
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Lyssa Lynne
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Tish Diaz
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther
Backing Vocals - Stacey Michelle

2014 Rocktellz & Cocktails
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Cian Coey
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Tish Diaz
Piano, Vocals (Occasional Role) - Justin Avery
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther
Backing Vocals - Stacey Michelle

Early 2015 - Spring 2016
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Cian Coey
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Justin Avery
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther

Spring 2016 - Summer 2016
Lead Vocals - Meat Loaf
Lead Vocals - Cian Coey
Lead Guitar - Paul Crook
Guitar, Vocals - Randy Flowers
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Danny Miranda
Drums - John Miceli
Piano, Vocals - Tom Brislin
Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Luther

Hiatus

Rest in peace, Jim Steinman (1947-2021), Bob Kulick (1950-2020), Wells Kelly (1949-1984) and Allan Merrill (1951-2020).

Thus ends the band as Meat Loaf's. The "Neverland Band" would be formed from the ashes, with Caleb Johnson on vocals, singing Meat Loaf songs, specifically only Steinman written songs (Bat 1 and Bat 2) as well as covers of Queen. Currently, Paul Crook, John Miceli and Caleb Johnson are said to be working on a follow up to the 2017 "BAT", a re-recording of the 1977 "Bat Out Of Hell", with Caleb Johnson on lead vocals.

View their two latest releases here.




Cover of Queen's classic, Tie Your Mother Down!



Cover of the immutable Sabbath excellence of Neon Knights!