” I Would Like You To Meet…Loaf”.

Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat formed into a loaf shape, mixed with other ingredients, then baked or smoked. The loaf shape is formed by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat baking pan.  It is usually made from ground beef, although lamb, pork, veal, venison, and poultry are also used.

“And now ladies and gentlemen I would like you to meet…Loaf. (pauses, looks dumbfounded) I beg your pardon, what? (he listens to the director’s aside) Oh! Why…why I’m sorry, yes, of course…ah… Ladies and gentlemen, Meat Loaf!” –   Guest host Christopher Lee (Saturday Night Live on March 25, 1978)

Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947) is an American musician and actor best known by his stage name Meat Loaf.

He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose and his powerful vocals over a three-octave range. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide.

“You know, people think I named myself Meat Loaf, even though I didn’t. And they think anyone who would name himself Meat Loaf couldn’t have an IQ higher than four”. Meat Loaf

In Los Angeles, Aday formed his first band, “Meat Loaf Soul“. During the recording of their first song, he hit a note so high that he managed to blow a fuse on the recording monitor. He was immediately offered three recording contracts, which he turned down. Meat Loaf Soul’s first gig was in Huntington Beach at the Cave, opening for Them, Van Morrison’s band. Later, the band was the opening act at Cal State Northridge for Renaissance, Taj Mahal and Janis Joplin.

The band then underwent several changes of lead guitar, changing the name of the band each time. The new names included Popcorn Blizzard and Floating Circus. As Floating Circus, they opened for The Who, The Fugs, The Stooges, MC5, Grateful Dead, and The Grease Band. Their regional success led them to release a single, “Once Upon a Time,” backed with “Hello.”

Meat Loaf was invited to record with Motown. They suggested he do a duet with Shaun “Stoney” Murphy, who had performed with him in Hair, to which he agreed. The Motown production team in charge of the album wrote and selected the songs while Meat Loaf and Stoney came in only to lay down their vocals.

The album, titled Stoney & Meatloaf (Meatloaf being shown as one word), was completed in the summer of 1971 and released in September of that year. A single released in advance of the album, What You See Is What You Get, reached number thirty six on the R&B charts and seventy-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

To support their album, Meat Loaf and Stoney toured with Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers, opening up for Richie Havens, The Who, The Stooges, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper and Rare Earth. Meat Loaf left soon after Motown replaced his and Stoney’s vocals from the one song he liked, “Who Is the Leader of the People?” with new vocals by Edwin Starr. The album has been re-released after Meat Loaf’s success, with Stoney’s vocals removed. Meat Loaf’s version of “Who Is the Leader of the People?” was released, but the album failed.

“My gigs are built on improvisation: I go out there and I’m like the Energizer bunny”. Meat Loaf

“In the early 1980s, I got into a war with my management – they just kept on suing me and I lost everything. So I had to go out on tour to make sure the electricity stayed on”. Meat Loaf

“My life’s far too complicated to be summed up in one song. It would take 20 just to represent one single day”. Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf is said to have cheated death on numerous occasions, crashing in a car which rolled over, being struck on the head with a shot during a shot put event, jumping off a stage during a concert and breaking both of his legs, and being afflicted with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome.

In October 2006, his private jet had to make an emergency landing at London’s Stansted Airport after his plane’s forward landing gear failed. Meat Loaf also fainted on stage while performing in Pittsburgh.

“There was a band in Australia named Midnight Oil, and they were a very, very political, and they literally hit you over the head with a hammer. U2 sometimes can hit you over the head with a rubber hammer”. Meat Loaf

“Rock n’ Roll came from the slaves singing gospel in the fields. Their lives were hell and they used music to lift out of it, to take them away. That’s what rock n’ roll should do – take you to a better place”. Meat Loaf

Discography

Stoney & Meatloaf (1971)
Bat Out of Hell (1977)
Dead Ringer (1981)
Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983)
Bad Attitude (1984)
Blind Before I Stop (1986)
Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993)

Welcome to the Neighbourhood (1995)
Couldn’t Have Said It Better (2003)
Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006)
Hang Cool Teddy Bear (2010)
Hell in a Handbasket (2011)
Braver Than We Are (2015)

The icy cold will cut us like a knife in the dark
And we may lose everything in the wind
But the northern lights are burning
And they’re giving off sparks
I want to wrap myself around you like a winter skin

Meat Loaf as Actor

“I’m an actor. I started as an actor. I started on Broadway doing ‘Hair’and Shakespeare in the Park”. Meat Loaf

Filmography

1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Eddie


1979 Americathon Roy Budnitz

1979 Scavenger Hunt Scum

1980 Roadie Travis W. Redfish
1981 Dead Ringer Meat Loaf / Marvin

1986 Out of Bounds Gil
1986 The Squeeze Titus
1991 Motorama Vern
1992 Wayne’s World Tiny
1992 Leap of Faith Hoover
1993 To Catch a Yeti Big Jake Grizzly
1993 Angels in the Outfield Angel
1997 Bean Himself
1997 Spiceworld: The Movie Dennis
1998 Black Dog Red
1998 The Mighty Iggy Lee
1999 Crazy in Alabama Sheriff John Doggett
1999 Fight Club Robert “Bob” Paulson
2000 Blacktop Jack
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Amos “Rattlesnake Jake” Frogge
2001 Face to Face Driver
2001 Rustin Coach Trellingsby
2001 Focus Fred
2002 The 51st State The Lizard
2002 Wishcraft Detective Sparky Shaw
2002 The Salton Sea Bo
2004 A Hole in One Billy
2005 BloodRayne Leonid
2005 The Pleasure Drivers Dale
2005 Crazylove John
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Jack Black’s father

2007 History Rocks Himself
2008 Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise Himself
2009 Tiger Force Forever: Unleashed
2009 Citizen Jane Detective Jack Morris
2010 Burning Bright Howie
2010 Beautiful Boy Motel manager

“A lot of actors, they know the camera’s there, and if somebody moves around or makes noise or whatever then they get all distracted, but I pretty much lock in. You can’t distract me too much”. Meat Loaf

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