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‘Bat out of Hell’ rock superstar Meat Loaf dies at 74

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‘Bat out of Hell’ rock superstar Meat Loaf dies at 74

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NEW YORK — Meat Loaf, the heavyweight rock superstar beloved by millions for his ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album and for such theatrical and dark 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)”, died.

Marvin-born singer Lee Aday died on Thursday, according to a family statement posted on his official Facebook page.

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meatloaf passed away tonight,” the statement read. “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through this time of grieving to lose such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man… From his heart to yours souls, don’t. never stop having fun!”

No cause or other details were given, but Aday has had numerous health issues over the years.

“Bat Out of a Hell”, his collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, was released in 1977 and made him one of rock’s most recognizable artists. Fans fell in love with the long-haired 250+ pound singer’s roaring voice and the comedic 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 piece-by-piece New York Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, who alleged – with great skepticism – that he was unaware of any other meaning for reaching third. base and go home.

After a slow start and mixed reviews, “Bat Out of a Hell” became one of the best-selling albums in history, with worldwide sales of over 40 million copies. Meat Loaf was not a consistent hit, especially after years of feuding with Steinman. But he has maintained a close bond with his fans through his manic live shows, social media, and numerous TV, radio and film appearances, including “Fight Club” and cameos on “Glee” and ” South Park”. His biggest musical hit after “Bat Out of Hell” was “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell,” a 1993 reunion with Steinman that sold over 15 million copies and featured the 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”.

‘Bat out of Hell’ rock superstar Meat Loaf dies at 74

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