Meat Loaf Tributes Led By Singer Ellen Foley

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Fellow performers are paying tribute to Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life singer and actor who died on January 20, 2022 at age 74. The remembrances range from sadness to warmth to humor.

We start with Ellen Foley, who first gained prominence by singing “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” with Meat Loaf on Bat Out of Hell.

From Alice Cooper: “Meat Loaf was one of the greatest voices in Rock N Roll, and he was certainly one of my closest friends in the business. He was really so much fun, truly fun to be around. He just felt like a best friend to everyone no matter how long it had been since you last saw him. We worked together many times over the years and he was always a force. He was a real theatrical character like I was so our shows went really well together.

“I remember when you would see his show, he would treat the audience almost like a Pentecostal Preacher and he was so powerful on stage. Working with Meat Loaf was one of the main reasons I wanted to do the movie Roadie in the first place – I wanted to watch him show off his acting chops. He plays the ultimate roadie on this quest to be the best in the world. But that’s what he did in life too – he always wanted to be the best at what he was doing… And I think he succeeded. There was nobody, and I mean nobody like Meat Loaf. His shoes can never be filled.”

From Kasim Sulton, part of the lineup that performed on Bat Out of Hell, said, “Heartbreaking news to learn of the death of my dear friend Meat Loaf. I’m forever grateful for the years spent working with him on stage and in the recording studio.

“His ability to capture and entertain an audience was a gift. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”


Meat Loaf had a starring role in the 1999 feature film, Fight Club. The film’s lead, Edward Norton, shared this memory.

From Bebe Buell: “I first met Meat when he was staying in Bearsville NY while Todd Rundgren was recording and producing his Bat Out Of Hell masterpiece. I was still living with Todd at that time and I was pregnant with Liv [Tyler].

“He was a really nice guy. He and Jim Steinman sort of turned Woodstock on its ear for the time they were in town and I nicknamed him ‘Mighty Meat’ after Mighty Mouse and he loved it! We shared a love of the paranormal and he believed there were ghosts at the Bearsville guest quarters where he was bunking. The house and studio Todd had in nearby Lake Hill wasn’t far away and one night he called me screaming to come get him! Todd was working so I threw on my coat and went to fetch him and bring him to our place on Mink Hollow Road. He said that some presence had come into his room and pulled his covers off! Well, I believed him because it had long been legend that the house was haunted.

“My heart is with those who loved him and now he’s with Jim Steinman where they can create more heavenly musical rarities… 💔💔💫”

Meat Loaf’s death was on the same day that Paul Stanley turned 70. He wrote, “He was one of a kind. Who could you compare him to?? No one. That’s how you define greatness.”

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  1. 122intheshade
    #1 122intheshade 22 January, 2022, 21:41

    Another probably forgotten film from the “Roadie” era is “Americathon”. Terrific, eclectic cast (Meat, Tommy Lasorda, Fred Willard among many others) and a wonderful soundtrack LP featuring an under-appreciated Eddie Money song, “Get a Move On”.

    Bonus points if you know the narrator. Mucho bucks if you bought stock in the company controlled by Chief Dan George.

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