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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:40 pm

The larger-than-life mighty-voiced rock-opera-pop legend has been amazing audiences for nearly 40 years. From stage beginnings in stage show 'More Than You Deserve', his long association with the idiosyncratic Jim Steinman reached a zenith when they hooked up with maverick Todd Rundgren to create the classic album 'Bat Out of Hell', one of the biggest sellers of all time. Meat & Jim had their ups & downs over the years, but together or apart, they created some of the most unforgettable and long-titled songs in the history of pop & rock. Meat has also occasionally turned his hand to acting, too, whether in the infamous musical of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', or the cult classic 'Fight Club'. Here are just a handful of his highlights:

Bat Out Of Hell

Paradise By The Dashboard Light

Dead Ringer For Love (ft Cher)

I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

Two out of Three Ain't Bad

You can probably tell from the extended intro that this is someone I'm quite a fan of  Razz 
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:40 am

Meat Loaf: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
From sometime this century, this was a cod-operatic hour with Mr Loaf. Due to a gift for long songs, you get less per hour, but it feels like more. He encored with I'd Do Anything For Love, But I Won't Do That.

Meat Loaf: Live at Rockpalast
From 1978, this was pretty much a runthrough of the 'Bat out of Hell' album, and thus a chance to hear lesser stuff like 'All Revved Up and No Place To Go' for once. The same rule of thumb on song length applies. I still can't get over the fact that BOOH opens with the BOOH song. Meat even did some kind of standing somersault during the encore, which is astonishing when you think about it.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:48 am

Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise
An hour and a half covering the opening week of his 2007 world tour to push Bat III. The story often focussed on Meat's health, and press criticism of 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light', in which he has to pretend to make out with a 28 year old who looks much younger. By the end of the week, he's restaging that performance to nullify the critics, wearing an outfit to make him look like his late-70's heyday. He also gets Dennis Quaid on stage for a cover of 'Gloria' on one of the nights. I'm a big ML fan, let's be honest, and this was a pretty good account.

Meat Loaf - Guilty Pleasure Tour
From the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2012, a reliable hour with the rock legend, mixing a few recent numbers, along with 3 from Bat out of Hell, and 1 each from Bat II and Bat III. His voice may not be all-conquering anymore, but his heart always will be.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:43 am

Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell
He's got a new album coming out soon, so here was another chance to run through the epic tale of how the unlikeliest multi-million-selling rock album ever got put together, plus what happened afterwards. The sobering sideline was seeing how aged some of the people in this story now look. Steinman unsurprisingly did not feature in any new chat, though footage of him attempting to prove he was as capable a performer as Meat Loaf was was different. If the songs are good enough, there's no reason to suppose they won't have another success this time around too. As long as they don't fall back on talk of Bat Out of Hell IV...
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:01 am

Meat Loaf caused concern last week when he collapsed on stage and had to be taken to hospital. Happily, it was only dehydration this time:

"a fainting episode"
The 68-year-old singer, real name Michael Lee Aday, was performing his hit song I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Canada when he fell over and initially failed to respond as crew members rushed to revive him.

He was subsequently taken to a local hospital following what medics have described as a "fainting episode" and his representative told CBS New York he was in "stable and in good condition".

It has now been revealed doctors have determined he was suffering from severe dehydration and he is "recovering well."
I don't think it's too much to point out the guy has had health battles over the years, but it's good to know he's still battling onwards Cool
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Post  misery guts on Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:44 am

You clearly can't keep some old rockers down. He's got a new album out called "Braver Than We Are", in which he has reunited with Jim Steinman, and Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito even. Here's an interview he gave to plug it:

Looking good?

Should be interesting Shocked
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Post  misery guts on Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:29 am

His health continues to draw as much attention as his new LP, with the usual PR tour providing opportunities to appear looking sickly on all sorts of shows.

Bat out of Hell - The Musical, comes to the stage next Summer, with previews taking place in February. Somehow, these seems like an idea that should have been done long before now, but hey.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:02 am

Neil McCormick's Needle Time: Meat Loaf
Even by Meat's standards, this was particularly quirky, as the prolonged anecdotes came thick and fast, many of which seemed completely new. He's very hot on pushing the latest album, which will apparently be his last collaboration with Jim Steinman. He managed to cover his early years and put straight the June stories of his health crisis in Edmonton. He spent time in a duet act before going to Broadway, and then meeting Steinman. He relishes acting and the learning process, and has only appeared as himself once on film in error - actors who claim they can't watch themselves on screen are saying they weren't inhabiting a role. And so on. But he's still full of plans, and he sounded well, so we'll just have to watch and wait.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:45 am

Discovering: Meat Loaf
How he and Jim Steinman created operatic rock (as opposed to rock operas). His sad childhood led to success touring with 'Hair' before a spell with Motown, and in a duo. Had a spell in 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' too, before the behemoth of Bat Out Of Hell. Dead Ringer was an under-rated follow-up, before he went into a decline. Bat II brought him and Jim back. Humour and health concerns continued to prevail. Made Bat III without an ill Steinman. Leaves a legacy of bombast.
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