Legendry singer Meat Loaf dies with wife beside him

"Bat Out of Hell" one of best selling albums ever

Legendry singer Meat Loaf dies with wife beside him

Meat Loaf. Reuters/file

London, January 21

Meat Loaf, the flamboyant US rock star who rose to global fame with his debut "Bat Out of Hell" album, has died aged 74.

The singer and actor, otherwise known as Michael Lee Aday, had a career spanning six decades, and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

His hits included the near 10-minute long title track from "Bat of Hell", "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" from the same album, and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" from the 1993 follow-up "Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell".

Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1947, Meat Loaf found success on the stage in the 1970s, performing in the Broadway musicals "Hair" and "The Rocky Horror Show".

He switched focus to rock music in the early 1970s and collaborated with Jim Steinman on a debut album that showcased his powerful voice and established his long-haired, leather-clad, motorcycle-riding rock persona.

"Like a bat out of hell I'll be gone when the morning comes; When the night is over, like a bat out of hell, I'll be gone, gone, gone," Meat Loaf sang in "Bat of Hell", with an intensity bordering on melodrama that became his hallmark and established him as a rock icon.

He later appeared in films including "Rocky Horror Show", "Wayne's World" and "Fight Club".

British writer Stephen Fry, who appeared in a sketch with the rock star on Saturday Live, said. "I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf." "He had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly."

British producer Pete Waterman said: "It was his voice – you knew what you got with Meat Loaf. It was 100 per cent of everything."

A statement posted on Meat Loaf's Facebook page said: "From his heart to your souls ... don't ever stop rocking! "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side." Reuters

#BatOutofHell #dead #MeatLoaf

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Big relief for consumers: Petrol, diesel get cheaper

Big relief for consumers: Petrol cheaper by Rs 9.5, diesel by Rs 7

Centre also announced an additional amount of Rs 1.10 lakh c...

Hindu College professor arrested for post on 'shivling' found inside Varanasi's Gyanvapi mosque

Gyanvapi post row: DU Associate Prof Ratan Lal granted bail by court in Shivling remarks case

Court says Prof's post, though reprehensible, does not indic...

Australian PM Scott Morrison concedes election defeat, ends nearly a decade of conservative rule

Australian PM Scott Morrison concedes election defeat, ends nearly a decade of conservative rule

Morrison to quit as Liberal Party leader after loss; Greens ...

Delhi court convicts OP Chautala in disproportionate assets case

Delhi court convicts former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala in disproportionate assets case

The court will hear the arguments on the quantum of sentence...

Cities

View All