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Published 2022-01-21
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Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell Singer Dead At 74.

2022 keeps proving that it is off to a sad start. Today the news of legendary singer Meat Loaf’s passing was announced by his family. With a career spanning over several decades, the artist is remembered for his incredible power ballads, the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, as well as countless other achievements in his career. Condolences have started pouring in from the musician’s fans as well as other artists in the industry. What have been some of the most notable achievements in Meat Loaf’s career? How did he get started as an artist? Where did his stage name come from? And do we know what his cause of death has been? Read on to look back at the life of the legendary artist.

Meat Loaf Death

The musician died on Thursday night surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends, according to his agent. The news was first announced on his official Facebook post by his family who wrote that they knew how much the Meat Loaf had meant to many fans adding that they appreciate all of the love and support from them as they move through their grief of losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. They ended the statement with, “From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!” His cause of death has not been officially announced but TMZ reports that sources close to the singer revealed to them he passed away as a result of COVID. But just how did this artist’s career progress? Read on to find out.

Meat Loaf Death

Meat Loaf - The Begining

The artist was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. Later on in life, he change his name to Michael but by many across the world, he was known simply by his stage name Meat Loaf. When it comes to his stage name, it was a fusion of two nicknames. “Meat” came from the fact that his dad had said he looked as red as meat at birth, and then later his high school football coach added the “loaf” to it while making a comment on his weight. In the late 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he started his first band Meat Loaf Soul.

Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman

Aday would then go on to perform in several musicals, such as joining the cast of Hair in a Los Angeles production. Later on, he would also reprise the role on Broadway and also appeared in a Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It. During an audition for a Broadway show, he met his future collaborator Jim Steinman and the two of them would go on to make several albums together such as Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, as well as the 1981’s Dead Ringer and 2016’s Braver Than We Are. The two had some differences especially with the song “It's All Coming Back to Me Now” which Meat Loaf wanted to perform but Steinman told him it was a ‘woman’s song’ eventually winning a court movement preventing that prevented his colleague from recording it, the song was given to a girls group Pandora’s Box but was later made famous when Celine Dion covered it. Ultimately Meat Loaf recorded his version as a duet with Norwegian singer Marion Raven for Bat III and released it as a single in 2006.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Given his theatre experience, in late 1973, Meat Loaf was cast in the original LA Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show playing the parts of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott. The musical was so successful that it was turned into the cult classic movie starring Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. Aday reprised the role of Eddie in the production and many fans had agreed that he all but stole the show in the 1975 version. The movie has become a classic, and the soundtrack had hit the Top 50 chart and was certified gold.

Bat Out Of Hell Trilogy

Besides The Rocky Horror Picture Show, one of the most notable things that the singer is known for has been the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy which had sold millions of albums worldwide. The first album was released in 1977. To this day it is among one of the best-selling albums in history, with up to 14 million units sold in the U.S alone and with worldwide sales estimated to go as high as 30 million. The second album came in 1993 titled Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Its lead single “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” upon its release had spent five weeks at no.1 in the U.S and the UK and became Meat Loaf’s biggest hit. The third installment in the trilogy Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, came out in 2006 but without Steinman’s involvement due to health setbacks. In 2017, Jim Steinman went on to release Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, which was based on and featured the music from the first album and which was a loose retelling of Peter Pan, set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan. It first opened in London and went on to win several awards.

Musical Achievements

But it wasn’t just Bat Out Of Hell that brought the artist success. Overall he has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and his 1995’s Welcome to the Neighborhood had made the top 20 charts and went platinum. The artist was nominated for several awards yet his biggest win came at the 1994 Grammy Awards where he won the statute for Best Rock Performance, Solo with the song "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)". Besides music he also continued acting, appearing in productions such as Roadie, Wayne's World, Beautiful Boy, Fight Club among others. His last acting credit came in 2017 in the TV series Ghost Wars. In November 2021 the artist revealed that he and his band would be back in the studio in January to record seven brand new songs for a new album, however, in light of the star’s passing it was revealed that no recording has taken place.

Off-Stage Persona

While there had been many who picture the artist as Eddie from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or imagine him as a rocker wearing leather jackets and driving motorcycles, the truth is much different. Beneath the public face of the hard-rocking extrovert was a man who professed to be a shy and retiring individual. The singer was open that he had social anxiety and in one interview said, "I never meet anybody much in a social situation because when I go into a social situation, I have no idea what to do." Several times Meat Loaf would highlight that he leads a boring life and doesn’t go anywhere because the idea of attending a party makes him nervous and scared. And where time spent time with fellow musicians is concerned it was mainly in work-related situations rather than social ones.

Health Problems

With his passing being sudden for fans, many had wondered what the cause of his death could have been. Where the artist’s health was concerned there had been notable accidents that he had in the past such as breaking a leg during a concert in ‘78 and having to finish the tour in a wheelchair, to falling off an interview stage at the 2019 Texas Frightmare horror convention and breaking his collar bones. While the family or his agent's statements did not reveal an official cause of death TMZ had reported that it was allegedly COVID-19 that the singer contracted during a business meeting. Though that has yet been unreported and as fans were concerned the singer was in good health and had plans to get back into the studio.

Condolences

Since the news was announced other stars have come forward, paying their respects to Meat Loaf. Cher, who duetted with him on the 1981 track Dead Ringer for Love, recalled having "had so much fun" with the singer on the track. Bonnie Tyler, who recorded an album with Meat Loaf in 1989, said he was "a larger than life character with a voice & stage presence to match & is one of those rare people who truly was a one off talent and personality." Theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber also commented on the sad news saying that the vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock music, while Queen guitarist Brian May, who worked with Meat Loaf, said he was "completely gutted" by the news.

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