Rest in peace Meat Loaf. The musician and Broadway singer best known for his 90’s rock ballad “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” has passed away at the age of 74. The cause of death was not disclosed, but family and friends were by his side when he died. Born Michael Lee Aday, Meat Loaf took the nickname his football coach gave him in reference to his weight.
Meat Loaf’s career began in the late 1960’s with his then-band named “Meat Loaf Soul”. The rock opera artist collaborated on various projects and with many artists like Cher, Tenacious D, Motown’s Shaun “Stoney” Murphy and more. His Bat Out Of Hell trilogy albums (Bat Out Of Hell, Bat Out Of Hell II: Back into Hell and Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose) set many records, with the first record nearly topping the list of best-selling albums ever, behind only the monumental releases of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, AC/DC‘s Back In Black and Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard.
Meat Loaf’s adopted stepdaughter is Pearl Aday, an accomplished singer and artist, singing backup and contributing to projects with her stepfather. She is also married to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.
Meat Loaf was also an accomplished actor, featured in numerous films and T.V. shows dating as far back to 1962. Some of his notable film appearances include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wayne’s World, and Fight Club. He was also in South Park as himself, Tales From The Crypt, Saturday Night Live, The Outer Limits and WWE Raw, again, as himself. Check out his Wikipedia page for a full list of Meat Loaf’s discography and film credits.
R.I.P. Michael Lee Aday. May heaven welcome a Bat Out Of Hell with open arms. We will be featuring his songs and legacy on tonight’s #HessianSession.