Meat Loaf dies at 74: Discover his hell-raising journey to becoming a star - The Guide Liverpool

See our video services!

Meat Loaf dies at 74: Discover his hell-raising journey to becoming a star

21/01/2022

Singer Meat Loaf has died aged 74.

Meat Loaf shot to worldwide fame in 1977 with international success, Bat Out Of Hell, which still reigns as one of the best-selling albums in history.

The American singer, born Michael Lee Aday in Texas in 1947, has died aged 74 with his wife Deborah at his side.

During a career spanning more than six decades, he sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and starred in more than 65 movies.

Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf initially made his name in theatre productions, including a Broadway run of Hair, and then found his feet in the stage and film versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, playing Eddie, the ex-delivery man and partial brain donor to Rocky.

At the same time, he began Bat Out Of Hell – which featured the eponymous classic Paradise By The Dashboard Light and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – with composer Jim Steinman.

Although rejected by every major label, it was released in 1977 to huge international success.

His follow-ups failed to set fans alight until he made a blazing comeback with Bat Out Of Hell’s sequel 16 years later in 1993.

Lead single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) reached number one in 28 countries and earned him a Grammy award.

Meat Loaf

Credit: Yui Mok/PA

He followed up with 1995’s Welcome To The Neighbourhood, which went platinum in the UK and US, and his third Bat Out Of Hell album, The Monster Is Loose, in 2006.

The Bat Out Of Hell trilogy was also adapted in to a stage musical, which was written by Steinman and featured some of the musician’s best-loved hits.

Meat Loaf was plagued by health issues, including asthma, which caused him to collapse on stage during a concert in Pittsburgh in 2011.

He suffered from a medical condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White, which causes an irregular heartbeat, and underwent surgery in 2003 in London.

Meat Loaf reunited with Steinman for the fourth time for his last studio album Braver Than We Are, which was released in 2016 and reached fourth place in the UK album charts.

Meat Loaf

Credit: PA

Around his music career, he continued to act, most notably as Robert “Bob” Paulson in David Fincher’s Fight Club in 1999 and with a cameo in the Spice Girls’ Spice World film.

Meat Loaf has two daughters – TV actress Amanda Aday and adopted daughter Pearl – from his marriage to ex-wife Leslie.


Get in touch with The Guide Liverpool on TwitterFacebook and Instagram or email [email protected]theguideliverpool.com.

You can visit the Liverpool Directory here for the best food, drinks, shopping and attractions in the city.

Get all of the latest news for Liverpool and beyond here.

Got a story you would like to share with us? Email us at [email protected] and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for regular updates for Liverpool.

Tags

Share -

Stay updated

Sign up with us to receive the latest news, straight to your inbox!

| Designed & Hosted with by Cyberfrog Design Web Design Liverpool