The word about the passing of Hard Rock legend Meat Loaf is circulating and as a fan for so many years we are sharing his family’s statement and adding our own thoughts about the great Marvin Lee Aday.
The Family Statement:
Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends.
His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World.” “Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.
We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man.
We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: To the best of my recollection, the classic “Bat Out Of Hell” was one of my very early album purchases but it wouldn’t be until after I graduated from Grammar School since I didn’t know about him all that much until that final year. I listened to the traditional Rock radio of the day and the song “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” was all over those airwaves, but for some reason a large number of my classmates had lined out that “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” was one of their most favored songs in our school yearbook. As a young Rocker when I finally heard the track I was sold and when I began learning some drums I would look into tackling this record. To say that this release is a classic and remains so would be an understatement and when it reached its own 40th Anniversary it was toasted here on the website in a narrative found HERE. As a scribe I would cover the occasional work by Meat Loaf if the press reps I dealt with were working the release. Sadly I would only witness this bombastic performer once when he did his brief “Bat On Broadway” run at the Palace Theatre. The performance showcased all three of his “Bat” albums and it was exceptional for sure. This 2006 concert report can be found HERE for the curious. It would be the only time that I would catch Meat Loaf in concert but I still play the “Bat Out Of Hell” and a number of his other famous tracks quite often. While there was no COD reported by the family, the sources at TMZ are citing that it was Covid-19 that took the singer from us and that saddens me even more since this virus and pandemic time have taken far too many from us. Goodnight Meat Loaf, thank you for the years of music and entertainment. We wish his family, friends and worldwide fans condolences during this sad time.