Meat Loaf
American musician and actor
Meat Loaf
Michael Lee Aday, better known by his stage name, Meat Loaf, is an American hard rock musician and actor. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies.
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June 17, 2016
MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE MEAT LOAF collapsed on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Canada, on Thursday night (16Jun16). The 68-year-old musician, real name Marvin Lee Aday, was performing arguably his biggest hit I'd Do Anything for Love at the J
January 27, 2014
Meat Loaf arrives at WABC radio studios to appear on 'Imus in the Morning'
October 04, 2013
Meat Loaf gets ready to rock Las Vegas
September 19, 2013
15 September 2013 - Las Vegas, NV - Meat Loaf. Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency Celebrate The World Premiere of Runner Runner at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas. Photo Credit: mjt/AdMedia
May 25, 2013
MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE MEAT LOAF collapsed on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Canada, on Thursday night (16Jun16). The 68-year-old musician, real name Marvin Lee Aday, was performing arguably his biggest hit I'd Do Anything for Love at the J
May 17, 2013
MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE MEAT LOAF collapsed on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Canada, on Thursday night (16Jun16). The 68-year-old musician, real name Marvin Lee Aday, was performing arguably his biggest hit I'd Do Anything for Love at the J
June 14, 2012
43rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
June 13, 2012
Meat Loaf 43rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel– Arrivals. New York City, USA – 14.06.12
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Things They Didn't Tell Us At My Fancy High School
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I'll admit it, I was blessed to go to one of those super-posh, elite boys' schools where someone with gray hair stands up in chapel and says "Gentlemen, someday you will rule the world." Or something like that. I couldn't entirely hear him over my handheld electronic football game. And mumbled recitations of the Shema. But some people clearly took it seriously. Just in my time there, we had the guy who runs ABC, the Mayor of Los Angeles, the creator of Mad Men. We only had 129 boys in our graduating class and one has already had a studio movie made about his life story. And he wasn't even a serial killer. Did I mention, I went to school in Los Angeles not Central Florida? Though in Central Florida's defense, there was one movie about a murderer from my school. But it starred Judd Nelson, so all in all, we've had a pretty decent homicidal maniac-free run. Our class slogan was "Greatness!' Yes, we had a class slogan. I always thought it should be "Where Smart Boys Go to Feel Stu ...
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Meat Loaf Reveals The True Story Of How He Got His Stage Name
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Meat Loaf serves up a glimpse of 'Bat Out of Hell' musical in London - 4 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Rocker Meat Loaf's 1977 breakthrough album "Bat Out Of Hell" has inspired a passionate love story for the stage, fusing the classic catalog of songs with some previously unreleased music.
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Here’s Some Unlikely Advice From Anthony Bourdain’s 'Appetites'
Huffington Post - 4 months
For Bon Appetit, by Amanda Shapiro. Anthony Bourdain’s new cookbook, Appetites, is all the foods he cooks at home, for his wife, his daughter and their friends. You’ll find refreshingly easy recipes for scrambled eggs, tuna salad and macaroni and cheese, along with more exciting offerings like British-Style Pheasant with Bread Sauce, Ma Po Tripe and Pork (with 20 ingredients including MSG), oh, and A LOT of strong opinions. We’re not sure that we’re sold on the Thanksgiving “stunt turkey” — a small bird to show off to your guests while you carve the unphotogenic “business turkey” — but we admit we’re intrigued. Here are 11 more pieces of unlikely advice from the man we never want to be predictable. 1. “If you ever need to deliver a baby unexpectedly, just reach for a nearby New York Times Styles section. You can be pretty sure nobody has touched that.” 2. “God does not want you to put chicken on your Caesar.” 3. “Always keep some pigs in the blanket in the freezer.” 4. ...
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Why Meat Loaf lives his songs
CNN - 5 months
Meat Loaf discusses his new album, "Braver Than We Are," and getting into character for his music.
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Review: Meat Loaf, Steinman reunite on 'Better Than We Are'
Yahoo News - 5 months
Meat Loaf, "Braver Than We Are" (429 Records)
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Meat Loaf is focused on his music
Fox News - 5 months
Rock icon releases new album
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Meat Loaf says he's 'just fine' after collapse at June concert
Fox News - 6 months
Video of Hillary Clinton’s medical event grabbed headlines this weekend, and the singer Meat Loaf knows what that's like.
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Singer Meat Loaf collapses on stage
CNN - 8 months
Rock singer Meat Loaf collapsed on stage during a performance in Edmonton, Alberta, according to CNN partner CBC.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Meat Loaf
  • 2016
    Age 68
    He collapsed again while on stage in Edmonton on June 16, 2016, due to severe dehydration after having cancelled two other shows due to illness.
    More Details Hide Details His vocal double track in Edmonton continued while he lay unconscious on the stage.
  • 2013
    Age 65
    In media interviews to promote his 2013 "Last at Bat" tour, Meat Loaf claimed he would work with Jim Steinman again on an upcoming album called Brave and Crazy.
    More Details Hide Details The title of the album since changed to Braver Than We Are. The album was finished in February 2016 and its release dates have been set at September 9 (Europe) and September 16 (North America). It will feature 10 tracks. Meat claimed in several interviews that he will be recording reworked versions of Steinman's songs "Braver Than We Are", "Speaking in Tongues", "Who Needs the Young", and "More" (previously recorded by the Sisters of Mercy) for the album. Additionally, the song "Prize Fight Lover", originally issued as a download-only bonus track for Hang Cool Teddy Bear, has been re-recorded for the album. In 2001, Meat Loaf changed his first name from Marvin to Michael. Meat Loaf is a baseball fan and supporter of the New York Yankees. He is an avid fantasy baseball player and participates in multiple leagues every season.
  • 2012
    Age 64
    Meat Loaf has criticized the court-ordered removal of a school prayer banner in Cranston, Rhode Island to Providence Journal on March 23, 2012: "I just said the world is going to hell in a handbasket because there are a lot more things to worry about than whether there is a prayer on the wall that's been on the wall for 50 years that you think needs to come down."
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    Due to his failure to complete his voter registration, however, Meat Loaf was ultimately unable to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012.
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    Meat Loaf explained that "I have never been in any political agenda in my life, but I think that in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States."
    More Details Hide Details He cited "storm clouds" over the United States, and "thunder storms over Europe. There are hail storms – and I mean major hail storms! – in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere." The same day, he performed "America the Beautiful" standing next to Romney.
    On October 25, 2012, Meat Loaf endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States, citing poor relations with Russia as a major reason he had been "arguing for Mitt Romney for a year".
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    At the start of his 2012 tour in Austin on June 22, Meat Loaf announced that he was a new resident (1 month) of Austin, Texas.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    In 2011, Meat Loaf fainted on stage while performing in Pittsburgh.
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    At the 2011 Australian Football League Grand Final, the pre-match entertainment was headlined by a 12-minute medley performed by Meat Loaf.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was panned as the worst in the 34-year history of AFL Grand Final pre-game entertainment in a multitude of online reviews by football fans and Australian sport commentators. Meat Loaf responded by calling online critics "butt-smellers", and the AFL "jerks", saying "I will go out of my way to tell any artist, 'Do not play for them.'" Meat Loaf is planning to release a Christmas album called Hot Holidays.
    In May 2011, Meat Loaf confirmed in a video on his YouTube account, that he was in the process of recording a new album called Hell in a Handbasket.
    More Details Hide Details According to Meat Loaf, the album was recorded and produced by Paul Crook; Dough McKean did the mix with input from Rob Cavallo. The album features songs called "All of Me", "Blue Sky", "The Giving Tree", "Mad, Mad World", and a duet with Patti Russo called "Our Love and Our Souls". On July 6, the album had to be finished for the record company. They released it in October 2011 for Australia and New Zealand, and February 2012 for the rest of the world. Meat said, "It's really the first record I've ever put out about how I feel about life and how I feel about what's going on at the moment." The "Mad, Mad World" tour in connection with the album Hell in a Handbasket was launched in late June 2012. For the tour Meat Loaf has said, "People who come to Meat Loaf shows know what to expect. They know they're going to get full-on energy with the best rock 'n' roll band in the world. That's not an opinion. That's the truth."
    During his March 19, 2011 concert held outside of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Meat explained that he had wanted an insert put with the album to explain what the premise of the album was, but he said there were too many "bleeping" record label politics and it did not get done.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to tell the audience that the story was of a soldier who being wounded, had his life flash forward before his eyes, and the songs were telling the story of his life. The album is based on a short story by L.A.-based screenwriter and director Kilian Kerwin, a long-time friend of the singer. Hugh Laurie and Jack Black both perform on the album, Laurie plays piano on the song "If I Can't Have You", while Black sings a duet with Meat Loaf on "Like A Rose". Patti Russo and Kara DioGuardi also duet on the album. Meat Loaf himself describes the album as the "most important of his career", not as good as Bat Out of Hell but in the same ball park. The guests, he says were not planned but he says the idea of using his friends came only when he saw them fit in a song and not as a commercial gimmick. Queen's Brian May features on guitar along with Steve Vai. It received positive reviews from critics and fans alike. The first single from the album, "Los Angeloser", was released for download on April 5 with the album charting at number 4 in the official UK album chart on April 25, 2010.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    In May 2009, Meat Loaf began work on the album Hang Cool Teddy Bear in the studio with Green Day's American Idiot album producer Rob Cavallo, working with such writers as Justin Hawkins, Rick Brantley, Tommy Henriksen and Jon Bon Jovi.
    More Details Hide Details Though not much was revealed officially to begin with, Meat Loaf gave away some information through videos he posted on Twitter and YouTube. The album is based on the story of a fictional soldier, whose "story" furnishes the theme.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    On June 27, 2008, Meat Loaf returned to the stage in Plymouth, England for the first show of The Casa de Carne Tour alongside his longtime duet partner Patti Russo, who debuted one of her own original songs during his show.
    More Details Hide Details The tour continued through July and August with twenty dates throughout England, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Six U.S. showdates were also added for October and December 2008.
  • 2007
    Age 59
    Meat Loaf cancelled his entire European tour for 2007 after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords.
    More Details Hide Details After releasing a statement he said "It really breaks my heart not to be able to perform these shows," adding "I will be back."
    Portions of the tour in February 2007 were featured in the documentary Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise, directed by Bruce David Klein.
    More Details Hide Details The film was an official selection of the Montreal World Film Festival in 2007. It opened in theaters in March 2008 and was released on DVD in May 2008. During a performance at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, England on October 31, 2007, at the opening of "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" he suggested that the crowd of thousands should enjoy the performance as it was the last of his career. He attempted to sing the first line of the song, but instead said "Ladies and gentlemen, I love you, thank you for coming, but I can no longer continue." Removing the jacket he was wearing, he thanked the audience for 30 years, said "goodbye forever" and left the stage. His tour promoter, Andrew Miller, denied that this was the end for Meat Loaf and said he would continue touring after suitable rest. The next two gigs in the tour, at the NEC and Manchester Evening News Arena were cancelled because of "acute laryngitis" and were rescheduled for late November. The concert scheduled for November 6, 2007 at London's Wembley Arena was also cancelled.
  • 2006
    Age 58
    In May 2006, Meat Loaf sued Steinman and his manager in federal District Court in Los Angeles, seeking $50 million and an injunction against Steinman's use of the phrase.
    More Details Hide Details Steinman and his representatives attempted to block the album's release. An agreement was reached in July 2006. According to Virgin, "the two came to an amicable agreement that ensured that Jim Steinman's music would be a continuing part of the 'Bat Out of Hell' legacy." The album was released on October 31, 2006, and was produced by Desmond Child. The first single from the album "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (featuring Marion Raven) was released on October 16, 2006. It entered the UK singles chart at No. 6, giving Meat Loaf his highest UK chart position in nearly 11 years. The album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and sold 81,000 copies in its opening week, but after that did not sell well in the United States and yielded no hit singles, although it was certified gold. The album also featured duets with Patti Russo and Jennifer Hudson.
  • 2005
    Age 57
    Meat Loaf sold out over 160 concerts during his 2005 tour, "Hair of the Dog".
    More Details Hide Details On November 17, 2003, during a performance at London's Wembley Arena, on his Couldn't Have Said It Better tour, he collapsed of what was later diagnosed as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The following week, he underwent a surgical procedure intended to correct the problem. As a result, Meat Loaf's insurance agency did not allow him to perform for any longer than one hour and 45 minutes. As well as singing all the classics, Meat Loaf sang a cover version of the hit single "Black Betty". During this tour he also sang "Only When I Feel", a song meant to appear on his then-upcoming album Bat Out of Hell III. The song subsequently turned into "If It Ain't Broke (Break It)". Meat Loaf and Steinman had begun to work on the third installment of Bat Out of Hell when Steinman suffered some health setbacks, including a heart attack. According to Meat Loaf, Steinman was too ill to work on such an intense project while Steinman's manager said health was not an issue. Steinman had registered the phrase "Bat Out of Hell" as a trademark in 1995.
  • 2004
    Age 56
    From February 20 to 22, 2004, during an Australian tour, Meat Loaf performed his classics with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, titled Bat Out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details He went as far as to bring in the Australian Boys' Choir to do back-up on a Couldn't Have Said It Better track, "Testify". The show went on to spawn a DVD and a CD called Meat Loaf and The Neverland Express featuring Patti Russo Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The CD had few edited songs from the concert on it.
  • 2003
    Age 55
    One such performance on his world tour was at Sydney's 2003 NRL grand final.
    More Details Hide Details There were many writers for the album including Diane Warren and James Michael, who were both asked to contribute his 2006 album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. Diane Warren has written for Meat Loaf in the past and had some very big hits. James Michael had never written for Meat Loaf before and it was only his songs that were released as singles from the album. The album featured duets with Patti Russo and Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday.
    In 2003, Meat Loaf released his album Couldn't Have Said It Better.
    More Details Hide Details Only for the third time in his career, Meat Loaf released an album without any songs written by Jim Steinman (not counting live bonus tracks on special edition releases). Although Meat Loaf claimed that Couldn't Have Said It Better was "the most perfect album he did since Bat Out of Hell", it was not quite as successful. However, the album was a minor success worldwide and reached No. 4 in the UK charts, accompanied by a sellout world tour to promote the album and some of Meat Loaf's biggest hits.
  • 2001
    Age 53
    Meat and Leslie divorced in 2001.
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  • 1998
    Age 50
    In 1998, Meat Loaf released The Very Best of Meat Loaf.
    More Details Hide Details Although not reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom, it went platinum in December of that year, and was already platinum around the rest of the world just after its release. The album featured all of Meat Loaf's best-known songs, a few from his less popular albums from the 1980s, and three new songs. The music on the two Steinman songs was written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The single from the album was "Is Nothing Sacred", written by Jim Steinman with lyrics by Don Black. The single version of this song is a duet with Patti Russo, whereas the album version is a solo song by Meat Loaf. The album did not feature any songs from his 1986 album Blind Before I Stop.
  • 1995
    Age 47
    In 1995, Meat Loaf released his seventh studio album, Welcome to the Neighbourhood.
    More Details Hide Details The album went platinum in the United States and the United Kingdom. It released three singles that hit the top 40, including I'd Lie for You (which reached No. 13 in the United States and No. 2 in the United Kingdom charts) and Not a Dry Eye in the House (which reached No. 7 in the UK charts). I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth) was a duet with Patti Russo (who had been touring with Meat Loaf and singing on his albums since 1993). Of the twelve songs on the album, two are written by Jim Steinman. Both are covers, the "Original Sin" from Pandora's Box's Original Sin album and "Left in the Dark" first appeared on Steinman's own Bad for Good as well as the 1984 album Emotion by Barbra Streisand. The video had a bigger budget than any of his previous videos. Other big hits, namely "I'd Lie for You" and "Not a Dry Eye in the House", were written by Diane Warren.
  • 1994
    Age 46
    Also in 1994, he was honored by singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, something he says was one of the two biggest highlights of his career.
    More Details Hide Details Meat Loaf attempted to follow the success of "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by releasing "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" as a follow-up; this song reached No. 13 in the United States.
    Meat Loaf won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo in 1994 for "I'd Do Anything for Love".
    More Details Hide Details This song stayed at No. 1 in the United Kingdom charts for seven consecutive weeks. The single features a female vocalist who was credited only as "Mrs. Loud". Mrs. Loud was later identified as Lorraine Crosby, a performer from England. Meat Loaf promoted the song with American vocalist Patti Russo who performed lead female vocals on tour with him. In Germany, Meat Loaf became notably popular following the release of Bat Out of Hell II but has enjoyed most of his success among pop/rock fans.
  • 1990
    Age 42
    Because of the success of Meat Loaf's touring in the 1980s, he and Steinman began work during the Christmas of 1990 on the sequel to Bat Out of Hell.
    More Details Hide Details After two years, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell was finished. The artist's then manager, Tommy Manzi, later told HitQuarters that music industry insiders were wholly unenthusiastic about the idea of a comeback, and considered the project "a joke". The immediate success of "Bat Out of Hell II" quickly proved any doubters wrong, with the album going on to sell over 15 million copies, and the single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" reaching number one in 28 countries.
  • 1986
    Age 38
    Meat Loaf performed "Thrashin" for the soundtrack of the 1986 skateboarding cult classic film Thrashin' (directed by David Winters and starring Josh Brolin).
    More Details Hide Details To try to get his career back off the ground, Meat Loaf started touring small venues, such as pubs and clubs. Slowly, he developed a faithful following which grew to the point where they were unable to fit into the venues that Meat Loaf was playing, and then they too began to grow. This carried on until the late 1980s, where he began to sell out arenas and stadiums again, including over 10,000 tickets at Ohio State University. Leslie studied to be a travel agent, so they could save on travel expenses, and they toured all over the United States, Germany, England, Scandinavia, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Bahrain. With the help of his New York collection of musicians—John Golden, Richard Raskin and Paul Jacobs—his European tours enjoyed immense popularity in the 1980s.
  • 1985
    Age 37
    In 1985, Meat Loaf did some comedy sketches in England with Hugh Laurie.
    More Details Hide Details At some point, Meat Loaf tried stand-up comedy, appearing several times in Connecticut. Blind Before I Stop was released in 1986. It features production, mixing, and general influence by Frank Farian. Meat Loaf gave songwriting another shot with this album and wrote three of the songs on the album. Released as a single (in the United Kingdom) was Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries, which was a duet with rock singer John Parr. Another single released on the United Kingdom was "Special Girl". According to Meat Loaf's 1998 autobiography, the album sold poorly because of its production. Meat Loaf would have preferred to cancel the project and wait to work with more Steinman material. However, the album gained a cult following over the years, citing the songs "Execution Day" and "Standing on the Outside" as standout tracks on the record. "Standing on the Outside" was also featured during the third season of the 1980s television series Miami Vice; it was used several times during the episode titled "Forgive Us Our Debts" (first aired December 12, 1986).
  • 1984
    Age 36
    In 1984, Meat Loaf went to England to record the album Bad Attitude; it was released that year.
    More Details Hide Details It features two songs by Jim Steinman, both previously recorded. The recording of the album was rushed and it was mainly an attempt to keep Meat Loaf from going bankrupt during this period of lawsuits. It concentrated more on the hard rock side of Meat Loaf, which was a minor success around the globe and released a few hit singles, the most successful being "Modern Girl". It also holds "Jumpin' the Gun" and "Piece of the Action", which are among Meat Loaf's favorite songs. The American release on RCA Records was in April 1985 and features a slightly different track list, as well as alternate mixes for some songs. The title track features a duet with the Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey. "Modern Girl" was taken from this album and was the biggest hit. "Piece of the Action", "Sailor to a Siren" is the B-side and "Nowhere Fast" were also released singles with extended mixes and exclusive songs: "Take a Number", "Stand by Me" (a Ben E. King cover) and "Clap Your Hands". The latter two songs were recorded during the sessions for the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.
  • 1983
    Age 35
    In 1983, he released the self written Midnight at the Lost and Found.
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  • 1981
    Age 33
    In 1981, Leslie gave birth to Amanda Aday, now a television actress.
    More Details Hide Details For a brief time after Amanda's birth, they lived in nearby Westport. According to Meat Loaf, Pearl, then in the fifth grade, came home crying "because she had the wrong type of jeans and I said, 'That's it. We're gone.'" The family then moved to Redding, Connecticut, "which is much more of a blue-collar, working-class kind of town, and it really didn't make any difference what kind of jeans you were wearing. I really liked it there." Meat Loaf coached children's baseball or softball in each of the Connecticut towns where he lived. In 1998, Meat Loaf relocated to California.
    On December 5, 1981, Meat Loaf and the Neverland Express were the musical guests for Saturday Night Live where he was reunited with fellow Rocky Horror Picture Show alum Tim Curry.
    More Details Hide Details Curry and Meat Loaf teamed up in a skit depicting a One-Stop Rocky Horror Shop. Later, Tim Curry performed "The Zucchini Song" and Meat Loaf & the Neverland Express performed "Bat Out of Hell" and "Promised Land".
  • 1980
    Age 32
    After playing the role of Travis Redfish in the movie Roadie, Meat Loaf's singing voice returned, and he started to work on his new album in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Steinman had written five new songs which, in addition to the track "More Than You Deserve" (sung by Meat Loaf in the stage musical of the same name) and a reworked monologue, formed the album Dead Ringer, which was produced by Meat Loaf and Stephan Galfas, with backing tracks produced by Todd Rundgren, Jimmy Iovine, and Jim Steinman. (In 1976, Meat Loaf appeared on the track "Keeper Keep Us", from the Intergalactic Touring Band's self-titled album, produced by Galfas.) The song "Dead Ringer for Love" was the pinnacle of the album, and launched Meat Loaf to even greater success after it reached No. 5 in the United Kingdom and stayed in the charts for a surprising 19 weeks. Cher provided the lead female vocals in the song. A comedy/documentary movie was filmed to accompany the release of "Dead Ringer", written and produced by Meat Loaf's managers David Sonenberg and Al Dellentash. It featured Meat Loaf playing two roles: himself, and a Meat Loaf fan, 'Marvin'. Sonenberg persuaded CBS to advance money for the making of the movie, which was shown at the Toronto Film Festival and won some favorable reviews.
  • 1976
    Age 28
    In 1976, Meat Loaf appeared in the short-lived Broadway production of the rock musical Rockabye Hamlet.
    More Details Hide Details Songwriter Jim Steinman started to work on Bad for Good, the album that was supposed to be the follow-up to 1977's Bat out of Hell, in 1979. During that time, a combination of touring, drugs and exhaustion had caused Meat Loaf to lose his voice. Without a singer, and pressured by the record company, Steinman decided that he should sing on Bad for Good himself, and write a new album for Meat Loaf; the result was Dead Ringer, which was later released in 1981, after the release of Steinman's Bad for Good.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Meat Loaf and friend/songwriter Jim Steinman started Bat Out of Hell in 1972, but did not get serious about it until the end of 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Meat Loaf decided to leave theatre, and concentrate exclusively on music. Then, the National Lampoon Show opened on Broadway, and it needed an understudy for John Belushi, a close friend of Meat Loaf since 1972. It was at the Lampoon Show that Meat Loaf met Ellen Foley, the co-star who sang "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" with him on the album Bat Out of Hell. After the Lampoon show ended, Meat Loaf and Steinman spent time seeking a record deal. Their approaches were rejected by each record company, because their songs did not fit any specific recognized music industry style. Finally, they performed the songs for Todd Rundgren, who decided to produce the album, as well as play lead guitar on it (other members of Todd's band Utopia also lent their musical talents). They then shopped the record around, but still had no takers until Cleveland International Records decided to take a chance. In October 1977, Bat Out of Hell was finally released.
  • 1965
    Age 17
    In 1965, Aday graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, having already started his acting career via school productions such as Where's Charley? and The Music Man.
    More Details Hide Details After attending college at Lubbock Christian College, he transferred to North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas in Denton). After Aday received his inheritance from his mother's death, he rented an apartment in Dallas and isolated himself for three and a half months. Eventually, a friend found him. A short time later, Aday went to the airport and caught the next flight leaving. The plane took him to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Aday formed his first band, "Meat Loaf Soul", after a nickname he was called from his football coach due to his weight. During the recording of their first song, he hit a note so high that he managed to blow a fuse on the recording monitor. He was immediately offered three recording contracts, which he turned down. Meat Loaf Soul's first gig was in Huntington Beach at the Cave, opening for Van Morrison's band, Them. While performing their cover of the Howlin' Wolf song "Smokestack Lightning", the smoke machine they used made too much smoke and the club had to be cleared out. Later, the band was the opening act at Cal State Northridge for Renaissance, Taj Mahal and Janis Joplin. The band then underwent several changes of lead guitar, changing the name of the band each time. The new names included Popcorn Blizzard and Floating Circus. As Floating Circus, they opened for the Who, the Fugs, the Stooges, MC5, Grateful Dead and the Grease Band.
  • 1947
    Born on September 27, 1947.
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