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

JUST IN: Meat Loaf, the rock superstar loved by millions, has died. He was 74.

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1/21/2022 11:55:00 AM

JUST IN: Meat Loaf , the rock superstar loved by millions, has died. He was 74.

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 at age 74

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated PressNEW YORK -- 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. He was 74.

The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, according to a family statement provided by his longtime agent Michael Greene.“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the statement said. “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man... From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”

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Rest and piece MeatLeaf RIP He was critically ill with covid but was an antivaxxer. He could have lived much longer if he had just taken the vaccine. Get vaccinated if you can folks. Don't let conspiracy theories lead you to your grave. So sad! You will be missed! ❤️❤️ Not a dry eye in the house Who cares?

RIP Meat may you find heaven brother. No vaccine, he would do anything for love but he won’t do that…now he is dead! Unvaccinated with covid DavidMuir you missed an important FACT.

'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

There must be a movie of Meatloaf’s life done ASAP! jackblack we need you!! I can see paradise by the dashboard lights! Farewell, great rocking out with you🥀🥀 S.I.P. Meatloaf I so love your music. He’d do anything for love - but a Covid vaccine? no, he won’t do that! 😥 Who didn't love this guy🥰 Hot Patootie , bless his soul . He has gone to do that RocknRoll in Heaven !

Oh no!! I loved Meatloaf! Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise By The Dashboard Lights, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth & so many more! My condolences to his family, his extended band family & fans! Time stands still for no one!😔 NotADryEyeInTheHouse fits for today! No it wasn't his name was Marvin Gay Louis

I'm devastated. His music is art from the highest shelf. Meat Loaf, you'll be missed!

‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Singer And Actor Meat Loaf Dies At 74 Meat Loaf ’s “Bat out of Hell” remains one of the bestselling albums of all time. 😱👀🤯😥😥😥

💔 Rest In Peace my friend, your soulful rock music and voice will live on forever… 🙏 Nooo R.I.P LOAF YOU WILL be missed. If you are Loaf fan just like me Here is a giveaway for 20 people I will teach 20 people how to make money with metavers and NFTs send a mail to Officialwong101gmail.com Subject MEAT LOAF

Rip 🙏 Huh? 🙏🙏🙏 Loved some of his music. Especially 'two out of 3 ain't bad.' Rip

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

RIP 🙏🙏 Nerdy_Addict R.I.P Meatloaf 😭😭😭😭 Sending my condolences to his family dabayrz 😔 Rest In Peace! Always keep on Rocking! Thanks for the beautiful music that will live on forever with your spirit... 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!😇🌈🦋 Archivist1000 His name is Robert Paulson. RIP Rest In Peace 🖤 What

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Meat Loaf, 'Bat out of Hell' rock superstar, dies at 74NEW 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. BlueMeanieBWO 😢 RIP 🙏 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

13WHAM Every few days. I can’t imagine what the list is going to look like at the end of the year. 2022, can you possibly spare a few people? It's only January. REST IN PEACE . Absolutely gutted, love his music. God: Okay, so what exactly is it you won’t do for love? Meat Loaf: I won’t do that. God: Get out!

I heard the song 'if that's what it takes' sung by celine dion was supposed to be for meat loaf to sing but someone changed their mind & decided to have celine sing it instead. Which ended up being a HUGE mistake, meat loaf would've been famous/known a lot earlier than he was. 🎤 Rock on Meat Loaf🕊️ RIP

Sad news! 💔 I loved his music. When my mother is happy The Bat (flies) Out Of (this Corona) Hell. Rest In Peace Meatloaf!

Meat Loaf, 'Bat out of Hell' rock superstar, dies at 74 Meat Loaf , the rock superstar loved by millions for his 'Bat Out of Hell' album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems such as 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' and 'I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That),' has died. DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE His name was Robert Paulson… RIPMeatLoaf 🙏🕯️💐

Such sad news. 🎤 Don't be sad, 2 out of 3 ain't bad... 🎤 😥 Prayers and Condolences 🙏💞 classicretro Hope he will be included in the Oscars In Memoriam clip, as he played in numerous films as well. daniel_devito Condolence to his family and friends Sad news, I still listen to Dreams come through. OMG this is sad. Sending Prayers to his family and loved ones.

R.I.P Meatloaf... the music industry has lost an Icon..a Legend. Always Remembered.. Never Forgotten!

Rock legend Meat Loaf dead at 74Legendary rock singer Meat Loaf has died, according to an announcement posted on his official Facebook page. He was 74. 😢😢😢😢 Derp. RIP KING.

Damn we're really losing some greats. Condolences to his family, may be rest in peace🙏 RIP Loaf, you left us too soon. Nice guy, great music, rip Heaven is about to get noisy 😃..RIP 😰 RIP His name is Robert Paulson 😮 😔 his name was robert paulson

I’m sure he was vaxxed. Vaxxed celebrities keep dropping like flies RIP Meat 😓 noooo RIP The end of time has arrived, as prophesied by paradise by the dashboard light Rest In Peace goddamn 2022 didn't come to fuck around 😕RIP R.I.P. Meat Loaf. The music industry won't be the same without you. Meatloaf dave_santry

On Location: January 20, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines. The Associated Press NEW YORK -- 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. He was 74. The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, according to a family statement provided by his longtime agent Michael Greene. “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the statement said. “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man... From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!” No cause or other details were given, but Aday had numerous 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 performers in rock. Fans fell hard for the roaring vocals of the long-haired, 250-plus pound singer and for 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 play by play from New York Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, who alleged — to much skepticism — that he was unaware of any alternate meanings to reaching third base and heading for home. 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.” Friends and fans reacted to the death on social media. “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf,” actor Stephen Fry said on Twitter. Meat Loaf's 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 Trick, 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. ———