Meat Loaf dies at 74

The singer Meat Loaf. / Archive

The singer and actor has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since he debuted in 1977 with ‘Bat Out of Hell’

Oskar Belategui

The thing about ‘Meat Loaf’ (piece of meat) was because of his enormous corpulence, especially at the beginning, when his first album, ‘Bat Out of Hell’, sold millions of copies in 1977. Marvin Lee Aday (Texas, 1977) he gave himself sweaty in his performances taking hard rock to epic dimensions that began with the wonderful covers of his albums, the work of comic book artist Richard Corben. His career is incomprehensible without composer Jim Steinman, who passed away last year. Steinman proved his all-rounder by writing songs for Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion, Barry Manilow and even the goth Sisters of Mercy. But his and Meat Loaf’s fans remember him for ‘Bat Out of Hell’ and its 1993 sequel, ‘Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell’, which contained Cacho Carne’s most played song: ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’, a 12-minute ballad that went to number one in 28 countries. The video clip, which mixed ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, was directed by Michael Bay, the author of ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Pearl Harbor’.

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Videoclip de ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’.

Meat Loaf has died today at the age of 74 at his home, along with his family, as confirmed by his agent to the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’. “We know how much he meant to so many and truly appreciate all the love and support as we go through this time of grief over the loss of such an inspiring artist and such a wonderful man,” the family said in a statement. “From your heart to your souls… never stop rocking!” Marvin Lee Aday was an excessive and likeable character in the rock of the 80s and 90s, who over time ended up becoming a showman for all audiences with an appreciable career as an actor, his initial vocation. In 1967 he left Texas and settled in Los Angeles playing in local groups. Three years later he went to New York. He performed Shakespeare plays in the parks and worked in Broadway musicals such as ‘Hair’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, in whose film version he also participated.

‘Bat Out of Hell’ (Bat out of hell) was an album conceived as a rock opera and produced by fellow singer Todd Rundgren. His song ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’, in a duet with Ellen Foley, is the first big hit for Meat Loaf, who gives his performances a theatrical air and takes special care of the video clips. It sells 50 million copies (it is still the best-selling album in the UK according to the Guinness Book of Records) and becomes a planetary star. The single ‘Dead Ringer For Love’ with Cher in 1981 is also a worldwide hit. Between 1987 and 1991 alone, Meat Loaf gave 300 sold-out concerts. Not bad for an asthmatic who has collapsed on stage on occasion and who over the years has lost weight and taken care of his health. “Rock and Roll comes from slaves singing gospel in the fields,” he recalled. «Their lives were hell and they used music to escape their everyday life. That’s what rock should do: take you to a better place.

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‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’.

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