'Bat Out of Hell' singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74

'Bat Out of Hell' singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74

The flamboyant US rockstar had a career spanning six decades.
21 Jan, 2022

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."


Mohsin Jan 21, 2022 05:53pm
So sad to hear the news of his death. He was a great artist and shall be sorely missed
Sak Jan 21, 2022 06:56pm
Mir Jan 21, 2022 09:51pm
Objects in the rear view mirror appear more closer then they are R I P
Ijaz Jan 21, 2022 10:56pm
RIP Meatloaf, you provided the soundtrack to my college days and many, many hours of pleasure.
Zak Jan 22, 2022 12:21am
RIP legend.
Samrad khan Jan 22, 2022 02:41am
Wow Rest is peace
Anjum Pervez Jan 22, 2022 07:28am
RIP 'Dead Ringer for Love'. You are and will remain part of some of the very best memories of my life. I have rocked on your tunes many a night and early mornings. You will be missed.
SachBol Jan 22, 2022 07:53am