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Meat Loaf

Sep. 27, 1947

Artistfacts for Meat Loaf

  • Meat Loaf's real name is Marvin Aday. He often makes up stories about how he got the moniker. The likely answer is that it was given to him by his high school football coach.
  • Oddly enough, Meat Loaf is a vegetarian. He changed his diet for health reasons in the '80s.
  • His step-daughter Pearl was a "Crue Slut," for a short time, meaning she was a backup singer and dancer on Motley Crue's 1999-2000 tour.
  • A study at Sussex University in England found that his music was an excellent stimulant for plant growth.
  • He has appeared in several movies, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club. He also played Jack Black's father in Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny. (thanks, Dalton - Hoquiam, WA).
  • Meat Loaf was lead vocalist on Ted Nugent's 1976 album Free For All.
  • He comes from a rather large family. While he reportedly weighed over 200 pounds in seventh grade, his dad weighed 350 and his uncle (standing six feet seven inches) weighed nearly 700 pounds.
  • Meat Loaf met pianist and songwriter Jim Steinman when Loaf auditioned for his play More Than You Deserve. These 2 collaborated to make the hugely successful album Bat Out of Hell and its sequel, Bat Out Of Hell II.
  • An early band was called Meat Loaf Soul, and was sometimes billed as Popcorn Blizzard. They opened for many notables, including Ted Nugent, the Who, and the Stooges.
  • He was in the original production of Hair, but declined to be in the nude scene. Said Loaf: "You got an extra $12.50 to be in the nude scene and I didn't need an extra $12.50." (thanks, Dan - West Hartford, CT)
  • He's had a number of problems with his vocal cords and sinuses that have required painful surgeries. When he toured Australia in 2011, a vocal cord was hemorrhaging so badly that he was often spitting blood on stage.
  • Meat Loaf told Mojo his most treasured possession is his collection of rubber ducks. He explained: "I have around 100 of them. I've got some really cool ones -I have a (baseball player, Derek) Jeter one, a Frank-N-Furter one. They sit on top of my road case every show."
  • At one time, Meat Loaf went to church Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. He told Q magazine that he still maintains a faith:

    "My grandfather was a minister and I was born into a very religious family. There's a Bible in my hotel room, I picked it up and read some of the other night. It's still a big part of my life. People don't expect it because I get on stage and I swear - I'm a rocker. But that's not me, that's a character. If I'm cast in a film I always refuse for my character to say, 'GD,' I tell them I'm not going to say it. I'll say 'damn,' but not the other thing. That's where I draw the line, everything else is open."
  • There is a sentimental side to Meat Loaf. He told Q Magazine: "I cry at the drop of a hat. It could have been watching a TV show and a dog died. Or a little girl who's been kidnapped on Criminal Minds getting back with her mother. I cry at everything."
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Comments: 10

"Can't this guy think of a different name to call at least one of his albums?"
- Ken, Dupont, PA

Maybe you should actually know something about Meat Loaf before you start posting. You've never heard of Dead Ringer, Welcome To The Neighborhood, Midnight At The Lost And Found, Bad Attitude, Blind Before I Stop, Couldn't Have Said It Better, Stoney & Meat Loaf, or Hang Cool Teddy Bear? (Not to mention Bat II and III are titled Back Into Hell and The Monster Is Loose, respectively.)
Chadler - Salt Lake City, Ut
Meat Loaf's best material came from the pre-commercial era (before that dumb tuxedo shirt thing)
Check out the album 'Free For All'. Meat is the lead singer for Ted Nugent and totally rocks with : Hammerdown ; Together ; Street Rats ; and Writing on the Wall ...
If you like Meat ... You will Love this stuff !!!

rOCk oN !!
Barry - Gagetown Nb Canada
In the Tenacious D movie called "The Pick Of Destiny", Meatloaf played the part of Jack Black's dadKate - Willard, Oh
This should be up there in ArtistFacts already: Meat Loaf played Eddie in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.Pat - Albuquerque, Nm
Did Meat Loaf the boy playing Pericles in Monsters Family show? or it is only a gosip?Ricardo - Mexico, Mexico
Can't this guy think of a different name to call at least one of his albums?Ken - Dupont, Pa
Bat Out Of Hell III is currently being recorded (November 2005) and is scheduled for a Summer/Autumn 2006 release.Gaz - Derby, England, England
Since I only heard Meat Loaf a couple times, I was wondering if they have a drummer. Also, does anyone know anything about Bat Out Of Hell III?Brad - Pittsburgh, Pa
Meat Loaf's song "I would do anything for love" was one of the greatest number one hits of the 90's. When "that" is mentioned in the song, it means nothing of intimacy, or sex. When he sings, "I'll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life" the 'that' means that he would do anything for love, but he wont ever stop dreaming. Does that make sense? I hope it clears somethings up. -Laur-Laura - Hackettstown, Nj
While Meatloaf is an excellent singer, I can't believe more isn't about Jim Steinmen or Todd Rudgroen; writer and producer respectively. Jim Steinmen was a major contributor to many hits in the 80's for artists such as Bonnie Tyler.James - Leesville, La
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