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Born Marvin Lee Aday, in 1947, he was dubbed Meat by his dad when he was just 3. He got hooked on performing while in high school. His love for entertaining took him to Los Angeles in 1967, where he became the oversized leader in several unsuccessful rock bands.

Returning to the theatre, he made a minor splash in the Los Angeles production of the revolutionary stage play Hair. He took his act to Broadway, performing Shakespeare in the Park before landing in the Los Angeles cast of The Rocky Horror Show, and later appeared in the film version of the stage show.

But Meat’s career didn’t take off until he partnered with songwriter Jim Steinman. Though rejected by most major record labels, 1977s Bat Out of Hell wound up becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

Fame took its toll on Meat, as he struggled with addictions and a deteriorating relationship with Steinman. By the mid-1980s, he was bankrupt and had to rebuild his career from scratch.

By the early 1990s, however, Meat Loaf had reconnected with Steinman and 1993s Bat Out of Hell II proved a triumphant encore, and earned him a best vocal Grammy for the single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

In the past decade, Meat Loaf has veered from acting to rock and back again and continues to wow audiences on stage with his unique brand of ‘rock theatre’.

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