Meat Loaf, 'Bat out of Hell' rock superstar, dies at 74

BREAKING: Meat Loaf, the rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” has died, his family says on Facebook.

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BREAKING: Meat Loaf , the rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” has died, his family says on Facebook.

NEW YORK (AP) — Meat Loaf , the heavyweight rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,' “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),' has died.

ADVERTISEMENTAfter a slow start and mixed reviews, “Bat Out of a Hell” became one of the top-selling albums in history, with worldwide sales of more than 40 million copies. Meat Loaf wasn’t a consistent hit maker, especially after falling out for years with Steinman. But he maintained close ties with his fans through his manic live shows, social media and his many television, radio and film appearances, including “Fight Club” and cameos on “Glee” and “South Park.” His biggest musical success after “Bat Out of Hell” was “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell,” a 1993 reunion with Steinman that sold more than 15 million copies and featured the Grammy-winning single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”

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BillPaige02 Did he have to die now? Anti-vaxxer, covid took him F I grew up in a time with great music. I played my Meatloaf record over and over. It had that well-loved crackle sound of a well-worn record. RIPMeatLoaf RIP Meat 😭 R.I.P. RIP Meatloaf! You, QUITE LITERALLY, R-O-C-K-E-D!!! Damn. I love Bat Out of Hell. RIP

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‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Rocker And Actor Meat Loaf DiesMarvin Lee Aday sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and acted in more than 50 movies and TV shows. Michael The inimitable Meat Loaf. RIP Rest in Paradise Cousin 😢😢😢😢 ripmeatloaf

RIP💙 Legend RIP Meatloaf - a great part of my youth has passed. Thank you for the memories big man Loved his performances with Karla DeVito his name is robert paulson His name is Robert Paulson I always thought Paradise By the Dashboard Light should be used in sex ed classes. Karoke style. Then discuss. PS. I listened to Yankee broadcasts as a kid and immediately recognized phil Rizzuto’s voice on that song. So cool!!!

I remember him from FightClub nbcnews abcnews cbsnews cnn HisNameIsRobertPaulson MikeEllis_AIM Dang... His name is Robert Paulson.

Meat Loaf, popular singer behind ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ dies at age 74The singer's family announced early Friday morning that he had died. 😳 ☹️

“This is Bob. Bob had bitch tits” FightClub RIPMeatLoaf 💔🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 His name is Robert Paulson. RIP Sad day. Was anyone ever able to find out the one thing he wouldn’t do for love before he passed away? Wore out all the grooves in the vinyl on the Bat out of Hell album during the 80s. Still have it but the needle just flies across the deck. Meatloaf

Tragedy , one of the giants in the business , R.I.P. :( 😢 COVID. He was antivax.

'Bat Out of Hell' singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74 Meat Loaf , the U.S. rock star who rose to global fame with his debut 'Bat Out of Hell' album, has died at the age of 74. Legend❤️️ ️ Wow His name is Robert Paulson

A true legend! 💔 😪 *turns chair to face Jack Black* 'When's the bio?' You took the words right out of my mouth. Who? Oh no! Bat out of hell was my very first CD - that’s almost how old I am! Rest In Peace and thanks for the music! Rest in Peace 🕯️ Loved the 1980 movie Roadie with Blondie. R.i.p. RIP Meatloaf. One of a kind talent you will be missed.

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Was it the jab or cancer? OMG. Loved his music. RIP. Very sad. He was such a passionate performer. RIPMeatLoaf Very sad news... RIP (Meat Loaf pictured with Donna Summer 1993). Hot patootie, bless his soul. 💔 His name was Robert Paulson… His name is Robert Paulson. gigpod

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Sad news. Did you really have to make dogs at his weight while announcing his death? Really bad taste, AP. Kinda sickening. I hope his family doesn't see your cheap shots. did I hear at one point he had cancer did he die of that? RIP Guess we'll never know what it was that he wouldn't do...... Rock on! An image which needs no words..

Covid got him, apparently. His career didn’t stop after one album you know 😡 rip legend Brown Bread.

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I would do anything for love has been a favourite of mine for years. RIP RIP he had the best name BlueMeanieBWO 😢 RIP 🙏 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 💔😓🌹🙏🏼

In kids' book, Sotomayor asks: Whom have you helped today? ADVERTISEMENT After a slow start and mixed reviews, “Bat Out of a Hell” became one of the top-selling albums in history, with worldwide sales of more than 40 million copies. Meat Loaf wasn’t a consistent hit maker, especially after falling out for years with Steinman. But he maintained close ties with his fans through his manic live shows, social media and his many television, radio and film appearances, including “Fight Club” and cameos on “Glee” and “South Park.” His biggest musical success after “Bat Out of Hell” was “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell,” a 1993 reunion with Steinman that sold more than 15 million copies and featured the Grammy-winning single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Steinman died in April . Aday’s other albums included “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose,” “Hell in a Handbasket” and “Braver Than We Are.” A native of Dallas, Aday was the son of a school teacher who raised him on her own after divorcing his alcoholic father, a police officer. Aday 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 Nov. 22, 1963, then learning the president had been assassinated and driving to Parkland Hospital and watching a bloodied Jackie Kennedy step out of a car. He was still a teenager when his mother died and when he acquired the nickname Meat Loaf, the alleged origins of which range from his weight to a favorite recipe of his mother’s. He left for Los Angeles after college and was soon fronting the band Meat Loaf Soul. For years, he alternated between music and the stage, recording briefly for Motown, opening for such acts as the Who and the Grateful Dead and appearing in the Broadway production of “Hair.” By the mid-1970s, he was playing the lobotomized biker Eddie in the theater and film versions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” had served as an understudy for his friend John Belushi for the stage production of National Lampoon and had begun working with Steinman on “Bat Out of Hell.” The dense, pounding production was openly influenced by Wagner, Phil Spector and Bruce Springsteen, whose bandmates Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg played on the record. Rundgren initially thought of the album as a parody of Springsteen’s grandiose style. Steinman had known Meat Loaf since the singer appeared in his 1973 musical “More Than You Deserve” and some of the songs on “Bat Out of Hell,” including “All Revved Up With No Place to Go,” were initially written for a planned stage show based on the story of Peter Pan. “Bat Out of Hell” took more than two years to find a taker as numerous record executives turned it down, including RCA’s Clive Davis, who disparaged Steinman’s songs and acknowledged that he had misjudged the singer: “The songs were coming over as very theatrical, and Meat Loaf, despite a powerful voice, just didn’t look like a star,” Davis wrote in his memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” With the help of another Springsteen sideman, Steve Van Zandt, “Bat Out of Hell” was acquired by Cleveland International, a subsidiary of Epic Records. The album made little impact until months after its release, when a concert video of the title track was aired on the British program the Old Grey Whistle Test. In the U.S., his connection to “Rocky Horror” helped when he convinced producer Lou Adler to use a video for “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” as a trailer for the cult movie. But Meat Loaf was so little known at first that he began his “Bat Out of Hell” tour in Chicago as the opening act for Cheap Track, then one of the world’s hottest groups. “I remember pulling up at the theater and it says, ‘TONIGHT: CHEAP TRICK, WITH MEAT LOAF.’ And I said to myself, ‘These people think we’re serving dinner,’” Meat Loaf explained in 2013 on the syndicated radio show “In the Studio.” “And we walk out on stage and these people were such Cheap Trick fans they booed us from the start. They were getting up and giving us the finger. The first six rows stood up and screamed. ... When we finished, most of the boos had stopped and we were almost getting applause.” He is survived by Deborah Gillespie, his wife since 2007, and by daughters Pearl and Amanda Aday. AP NEWS