Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Meatloaf, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ rock superstar dies at 74

NEW YORK – Meat Loaf, heavyweight rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and dramatic, dark-hearted songs like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “Too Out of Three Is Bad” . “I would do anything for love (but I wouldn’t do it),” is dead. He was 74.

Singer Marvin Lee Ede passed away on Thursday, according to a family statement posted on his official Facebook page.

“It breaks our hearts to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf has passed away tonight,” the statement read. “We know how much he means to many of you and we really appreciate the love and support as we go through this time of sorrow of losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful person.. .From their heart to your soul..Never stop rocking!”

No reason or other details were given, but Ade has had several health scares over the years.

“Bat Out of a Hell,” his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, came out in 1977 and made him one of the most recognizable artists in rock. Fans were hard-pressed for the long-haired, 250-plus-pound singer’s roaring vocals and the comic non-romance of the title track, “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” “Two Out of Three”. Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” an operatic cautionary tale about going all the way. “Paradise” was a duet with Ellen Foley that featured drama from New York Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, who alleged – to much doubt – that he was trying to reach third base and go home without any alternate meaning. was unaware of.

After a slow start and mixed reviews, “Bat Out of a Hell” became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. Meat Loaf was not a consistent hit producer, especially after being out with Steinman for years. But he maintained a close relationship with his fans through his many television, radio, and film appearances, including his frantic live shows, social media, and cameos on “Fight Club” and “Glee” and “South Park.”

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His biggest musical success after “Bat Out of Hell” was “Bat Out of Hell II: Back in Hell”, a 1993 reunion with Steinman, which sold over 15 million copies and the Grammy-winning single “I Do”. Do Anything For”. Love (but I wouldn’t do that).”

Steinman died in April.

Aday’s other albums include “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Lost,” “Hell in a Handbasket” and “Braver Than We Are.”

The Dallas native was the son of a schoolteacher who raised him on his own after divorcing his alcoholic father, a police officer. Ed was singing and acting in high school (Mick Jagger was an early favorite, so was Ethel Merman) and attended Lubbock Christian College and what is now the University of North Texas. Among his more notable childhood memories: seeing John F. Kennedy arrive at Love Field in Dallas on November 22, 1963, then assassinating the president and driving to Parkland Hospital, and seeing a bloodied Jackie Kennedy get out of the car.

He was still a teenager when his mother died and when he received the nickname Meatloaf, the alleged origins of which ranged from his weight to his mother’s favorite recipe. He left for Los Angeles after college and soon left for the band Meat Loaf Soul. For years, he alternated between musical and stage, recording for Motown, debuting for acts such as Who and the Grateful Dead, and appearing in a Broadway production of “Hair”.

By the mid-1970s, he was playing the role of lobotomized biker Eddie in theater and film versions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, working as an understudy for his friend John Belushi for a stage production of National Lampoon. and started working together. Steinman on “Bat Out of Hell”. The intense, fast production was openly influenced by Wagner, Phil Spector and Bruce Springsteen, whose bandmates Roy Bitton and Max Weinberg played on the record. Rundgren initially thought of the album as a parody of Springsteen’s grand style.

Steinman had known Meat Loaf since the singer appeared in his 1973 musical “More Than You Deserve” and some of the songs in “Bat Out of Hell”, including “All Rave Up with No Place to Go”, debuted. I was written for an employed. Stage show based on the story of Peter Pan. It took more than two years for “Bat Out of Hell” to find a taker as it was turned down by several record executives, including Clive Davis of RCA, who denounced Steinman’s lyrics and admitted that he The singer was misquoted: “The songs were coming across as too dramatic, and Meat Loaf, despite a powerful voice, simply didn’t look like a star,” Davis wrote in his memoir, “The Soundtrack of Mine. Life.”

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“Bat Out of Hell” was acquired by Cleveland International, a subsidiary of Epic Records, with the help of another Springsteen sideman, Steve Van Zandt. The album made little impact until months after its release, when a concert video of the title track was broadcast on the British program Old Gray Whistle Test. In the US, his connection to “Rocky Horror” helped when he persuaded producer Lou Adler to use a video for “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” as a trailer for the cult film. But Meat Loaf was so little known at first that it began its “Bat Out of Hell” tour in Chicago as the opening act for Cheap Trick, one of the hottest groups in the world at the time.

“I remember pulling myself up at the theater and it said, ‘Tonight: Cheap tricks, with meatloaf.’ And I said to myself, ‘These people think we’re serving dinner,’ Meat Loaf explained on the syndicated radio show “In the Studio” in 2013.

“And we went on stage and these guys were fans of such cheap tricks, they booed us from the start. They kept getting up and giving us the finger. The first six lines got up and screamed. … when we finished , then most of the glee had stopped and we were almost applauding.”

He is survived by Deborah Gillespie, his wife and daughters Pearl and Amanda Ade since 2007.

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Associated Press entertainment writer Andrew contributed from Los Angeles.

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