Though he hasn’t been in the best of health in recent years, I didn’t see this coming.
Because of his size, Michael (Marvin) Aday named his first band Meat Loaf Soul. The name stuck. He was offered recording contracts, but felt that he wasn’t being taken seriously. He worked in musicals, such as Hair and the The Rocky Horror Show, which gave him his big break. As Eddie, he was cast in the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He was unforgettable even in that jam-packed film. Next came Jim Steinman, and Bat Out of Hell.
Bat and Bat II will go down as some of Meat Loaf’s most remembered albums, among Dead Ringer, Midnight at the Lost and Found, and Bad Attitude. His movie career continued to bloom with memorable roles in films like Fight Club and Spice World. He even sang and appeared as Jack Black’s dad in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.
Meat Loaf had intended to record seven songs for a new live/studio album this month. Sadly this will never come to be.
Rest in peace, Meat Loaf.