Sad news for music fans with the announcement of Meat Loaf’s death. Most famous for the 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, he would go on to sell over 100 million albums.
He was also known as an actor, he appeared in several cult movies like Fight Club, Wayne’s World and most famously as Eddie in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I absolutely love Bat Out of Hell, 9 minutes of rock heaven. It really must rank as the best rock song ever, the entire album is full of great tunes. As you probably know all the songs were written by Jim Steinman who also sadly died last year. Interestingly Jim Steinman wrote Total Eclipse of the Heart originally for Meat Loaf but there were all kinds of issues at the time so it ended up being a massive hit for Bonnie Tyler.
Rather bizarrely he played Bundoran 14 years ago, I remember at the time wondering was it a tribute act but it was actually the real deal.
When great artists die I always take comfort from the fact that their work lives on. I can imagine in 500 years time someone will be blasting through space with Bat Out of Hell on in the background.
Then I’m down in the bottom of a pit in the blazing sun,
Torn and twisted at the foot of a burning bike,
And I think somebody somewhere must be tolling a bell
And the last thing I see is my heart, still beating,
Breaking out of my body and flying away
Like a bat out of hell
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