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|Also Known As:||Meat Loaf Aday, Michael Lee Aday, Marvin Lee Aday||Died:|
|Born:||September 27, 1947||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Dallas, Texas, USA||Profession:||singer, actor, songwriter|
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opping sales in the UK and positive reviews worldwide, but sent a chill through fans when he announced that it would most likely be his final recorded offering. In 2010, he was announced as one of the contestants on the fourth season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ), during the course of which, he exploded at fellow contestant, Gary Busey, in what was called an "epic meltdown" during a Trump-assigned task. The screaming fit brought the singer-actor his fair share of media attention, despite having made up with Busey during the course of the show.by Robert Altman acolyte Alan Rudolph and was a modest cult hit.Meat Loaf eventually regained the use of his singing voice, and began work on his next album, 1981â¿¿s Dead Ringer. The failure of Bad for Good convinced Steinman to offer an olive branch to Meat Loaf in the form of eight songs for the album. Unfortunately, Dead Ringer failed to generate the same hysteria as its predecessor, despite the presence of Cher on "Dead Ringer for Love" and members of the E Street Band and Elton Johnâ¿¿s touring players in the lineup. The tension between Meat Loaf and Steinman erupted again over songs promised for Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983)....
opping sales in the UK and positive reviews worldwide, but sent a chill through fans when he announced that it would most likely be his final recorded offering. In 2010, he was announced as one of the contestants on the fourth season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ), during the course of which, he exploded at fellow contestant, Gary Busey, in what was called an "epic meltdown" during a Trump-assigned task. The screaming fit brought the singer-actor his fair share of media attention, despite having made up with Busey during the course of the show.by Robert Altman acolyte Alan Rudolph and was a modest cult hit.
Meat Loaf eventually regained the use of his singing voice, and began work on his next album, 1981â¿¿s Dead Ringer. The failure of Bad for Good convinced Steinman to offer an olive branch to Meat Loaf in the form of eight songs for the album. Unfortunately, Dead Ringer failed to generate the same hysteria as its predecessor, despite the presence of Cher on "Dead Ringer for Love" and members of the E Street Band and Elton Johnâ¿¿s touring players in the lineup. The tension between Meat Loaf and Steinman erupted again over songs promised for Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983). Steinman had allegedly given Meat Loaf "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Making Love (Out of Nothing at All)," but received no payment for them by Meat Loafâ¿¿s new label, Epic. He retracted the songs, which he then submitted to Bonnie Tyler and Air Supply, both of whom scored Top 5 hits with them. Meat Loaf was forced to complete the album without Steinmanâ¿¿s help, and penned many of its numbers himself. Midnight was a resounding failure, as was 1984â¿¿s Bad Attitude and 1986â¿¿s Blind Before I Stop. Meat Loaf soon filed for bankruptcy and attempted to once again rebuild his life and voice, which had become ragged from endless touring.
In 1990, Meat Loaf and Steinman met during the December holidays in an attempt to patch up their differences. After performing selections from Bat Out of Hell together, they decided to reunite for its official sequel, Bat Out of Hell 2: Back into Hell (1993), and as expected, the album was an unqualified success. Featuring many of the players that originally appeared on the original LP, including Rundgren and Ellen Foley and anchored by another colossal pop number called "Iâ¿¿d Do Anything For Love (But I Wonâ¿¿t Do That)," the album sold 15 million copies and reaped a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance. For the subsequent tour, Meat Loaf was joined by his stepdaughter, Pearl Meat Loaf, who later became a permanent member of his band.
While Meat Loaf was climbing back to the top of the rock charts, he also began developing a substantive side career as a character actor in features and television. Bit parts in films like "Wayneâ¿¿s World" (1992) and "Spice World: The Movie" (1997), which reunited him with his "Rocky Horror" co-star Richard Oâ¿¿Brien, led to larger roles in "The Mighty" (1998) as a kindly biker and "Crazy in Alabama" (1999) as a small town Southern sheriff. His most notable film role after "Rocky Horror" was former bodybuilder Bob Paulsen in "Fight Club" (1999), whose bout with testicular cancer increased his bodyâ¿¿s estrogen production, leaving him with oversized breasts. Meat Loafâ¿¿s performance was widely praised for its sensitivity. In 2001, Meat Loaf formally changed his first name to Michael. Meat Loafâ¿¿s career renaissance carried over to his next few albums as well. Surprisingly, Steinmanâ¿¿s contributions to these efforts were limited; he penned just two songs for 1995â¿¿s Welcome to the Neighborhood and none for 2003â¿¿s I Couldnâ¿¿t Have Said It Better1. Pop craftsmen Diane Warren and James Michael took over the majority of the songwriting for these records, both of which performed well on the international charts. A series of dates with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2004 yielded a live album, followed by close to 200 sold-out live dates throughout 2005. Meat Loaf was forced to curtail the length of his shows in 2003 following a collapse on stage at Londonâ¿¿s Wembley Arena. He was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, and subsequently limited live shows to an hour and 45 minutes.
Meat Loaf began talks with Steinman to work on another chapter in the Bat saga in 2001, but health issues forced the composer to abstain from collaborating in earnest for several years. Though hesitant to progress without him, Meat Loaf began work on Bat Out of Hell: The Monster is Loose, which immediately prompted a lawsuit by Steinman over alleged infringement of his trademark on the Bat Out of Hell title. Meat Loaf countered with his own suit, which was eventually settled in 2006, allowing work to commence on the record. Steinman contributed no new material to the album, but delivered seven previously recorded songs, including two from aborted musical theater projects. The remainder of the material was penned by such established hitmakers as Desmond Child, who also produced the album, as well as Marti Fredrikson, John 5 of Marilyn Manson and Motley Crueâ¿¿s Nikki Sixx. The album reached gold status in the United States, though did not yield any hit singles. In 2007, he launched the Seize the Night tour â¿¿ one of his biggest to date â¿¿ but struggled with health issues on several occasions. While performing in Newcastle upon Tyne that year, he halted his performance and left the stage, citing that he was no longer able to carry on. Doctors discovered a cyst on his vocal chords, which required surgery. A year later, he was back on the concert trails.
Portions of the Seize the Night tour were filmed as part of a documentary called "Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise" (2008), which depicted the singer struggling with both his voice and his desire to rise to the Olympian strengths required to perform his material. A key scene in the film depicted his frustration over negative critical response to his rendition of "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" with singer Aspen Miller, who was half his age. In the film, Meat Loaf responded by performing the song in the stage clothes he wore when the song was new, while vintage clips from â¿¿70s-era performances played on video screens.
Meat Loaf also logged numerous hours on episodic television during this period. There were numerous appearances as himself, including a memorable cameo on the "Chef Aid" episode of "South Park" (Comedy Central, 1997- ) in which he cited that the Isaac Hayes-voiced Chef inspired him to change his stage name from Couscous to Meat Loaf. As an actor, he was frequently assigned supporting roles as violent tough guys, most notably in Ronny Yuâ¿¿s "Formula 51" (2001) and as a vicious anti-Semite in "Focus" (2001). But he showed considerable range in a harrowing episode of the anthology series "Masters of Horror" (Showtime, 2005-07) directed by Dario Argento as an illegal fur trader driven to commit horrible acts by magical animal skins. Another solid turn came with a 2009 episode of "House, M.D." (Fox, 2004- ) as a terminally ill patient who wanted to aid his seemingly ill wife by donating his liver. In 2007, he appeared alongside pop singer Tiffany in an AT&T commercial that parodied his song "Let Me Sleep on It" by casting him as a father who wrestled with his sonâ¿¿s wish to have a GoPhone. And in 2010, he appeared alongside his "Rocky Horror" co-star Barry Bostwick as news station managers who attempt to exploit the controversy of a "Rocky Horror Show" production at a local high school on "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ).
In 2009, Meat Loaf released his eleventh album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear. Produced by Rob Cavallo, who worked previously with Green Day, the album featured material by Jon Bon Jovi and other pop and rock songwriters, as well as guest contributions by Queen guitarist Brian May and actors Hugh Laurie and Jack Black, but no material by Steinman. The album generated chart-t
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Sources vary as to the year of Meat Loaf's birth: it has variously been reported as 1947, 1949 and 1951. Similarly, he has given various versions of how he obtained his unusual moniker.
"I got done with Shakespeare at 10:30 at night and then I'd go to Max's Kansas City Bar, put on my motorcycle jacket and get up on stage to sing rock'n'roll songs until 3 am. Everyone thought I was a wacko." --Meat Loaf quoted in THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, April 26, 1998
"It's funny; I was interested in trying out for this small part in an Eddie Murphy movie. It was going to be two great scenes between me and Eddie, and I thought it would be really cool to work with a guy like that. So we called the lady about it, and her response was, 'Oh, get serious--we're only seeing real actors for this film.' I went loony. I mean, just because I have this name, they don't think I'm a serious actor. They always balk at the name. But then sometimes I balk at it too." --Meat Loaf to TIME OUT NEW YORK, October 15-22, 1998
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