' I love you Marty, and one more thing- keep rocking. '

I'm a little spaced out because I'm in character, but I 'll do what I can '.

and right now they 're stopping because of politics.

Born Marvin Lee Aday and later legally known as Michael, the musician died on Thursday with his wife, Deborah Gillespie, by his side.

In 2017, the Bat Out of Hell musical opened in the UK.

Steinman and Meat Loaf ’ s 1993 album Bat Out of Hell II : Back Into Hell produced the global hit single I ’ d Do Anything for Love ( But I Won ’ t Do That ).

Meat Loaf also had a breakout role in the 1975 film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show playing Eddie, an ill-fated delivery boy who sings the song Hot Patootie.

Meat Loaf held a press conference in Kensington, West London, in 2003 where he informed everyone of his good health

Mr Steinman died in April last year.

Meat Loaf is survived by his wife, Deborah Gillespie, his daughter Amanda Aday and stepdaughter Pearl Aday from his first marriage to Leslie G Edmonds.

In 2001, he legally changed his name from Marvin to Michael, having always associated the name Marvin with a Levi's ad from his youth with the strapline : "Poor fat Marvin can ’ t wear Levi ’ s."

But Meat Loaf's crowning moment was yet to come.

Meat Loaf arriving for the Kerrang Awards 2006 at The Brewery in London in August that year

Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.

"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," his family said in a statement.

“ From his heart to your souls … don't ever stop rocking ! ” Written and composed by Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf's 1977 debut album Bat Out of Hell remains one of the biggest-selling albums in history.

The public didn't care, but I 've gone up against that my entire career. '

Meat Loaf and Cher pose with Des Lynam (centre) after they joined him on The Des Lynam Show on BBC Radio 2 in 1998

He released his 12th and now final album, Braver Than We Are, in 2016.

He wrote : 'Yes, only 7 new songs but and a BIG BUT.

Always full of madness, with the innocent sense of naughtiness of a 5-year old, Meat was forever young.

Farewell, Mr Loaf, and thank you.

Hard-living and hard-rocking, Meat Loaf sold more than 100 million albums over a career that spanned six decades

' I think there's gon na be a lot of emotion in the building this evening, Meat had a massive fan base in the UK and we are so honoured that we get to now continue his legacy and that we get to sing these incredible songs.

It was amazing, what that boy could eat, I 'll tell you – he could eat.

It was his voice – you know, you knew what you got with Meat Loaf.

“ Give my best to Jim. ” Music industry executive Pete Waterman called him a "larger-than-life character with a unique voice", a take echoed by Bonnie Tyler who said he had the “ stage presence to match … One of those rare people who truly was a one-off talent and personality. ” Aday was born in Dallas, Texas, on 27 September 1947.

Meat Loaf speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong in September 2006

"I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf," he tweeted.

"The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock," wrote Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Auditioning for a production of More Than You Deserve, he met his future collaborator Jim Steinman.

There was nobody, and I mean nobody, like Meat Loaf. ” Stephen Fry recalled performing a sketch with him on the UK sketch comedy show Saturday Live in the 1980s.

Meat Loaf in the 1997 film Spice World, where he appeared as the Spice Girls' bus driver Dennis

I got to hang out with him for a while in Australia.

of their appearance together, he wrote : “ he had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful. ” adam lambert recalled his kindness : "a gentle hearted powerhouse rockstar forever and ever.

three albums have sold more than 65m copies worldwide.

And he was my friend.

Meat Loaf in the 1992 movie Wayne's World. He had a successful movie career as well as in the music industry

Bat Out Of Hell, his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, came out in 1977 and made him one of the most recognisable performers in rock.

Fans fell hard for the roaring vocals of the long-haired singer and for the comic non-romance of the title track, You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad and Paradise By The Dashboard Light, an operatic cautionary tale about going all the way.

Aday acted in high school productions, studied at Lubbock Christian College and later North Texas State University.

he found success again on stage, starring in an off-broadway production of rainbow and a broadway production of hair.

Meat Loaf and his wife Deborah at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in February 2008. She was by her husband's side when he died

The dense, pounding production was openly influenced by Wagner, Phil Spector and Bruce Springsteen, whose bandmates Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg played on the record.

They were getting up and giving us the finger.

It was his mother that instilled a love of performing in Meat Loaf and upon her death he quit high school football and left Dallas and his father, to take the first steps on the road to eventual superstardom.

The allure of music proved irresistible, however, and he quit the stage to focus on his career full-time.

Meat Loaf appeared in the 1999 film Fight Club alongside Edward Norton -  a film that also starred Brad Pitt

They first met at an album launch years before.

it's not my first option; never has been- and that's why i 've gone out with all these good looking women. '

Those songs are about entire lifetimes."

She would say,' I know, but you 've got to come to a higher standard than everyone else.

The singer is shown with daughter Pearl Aday in 2012. She said that members of her family had recently tested positive for COVID on January 7

i didn't even know what the hell she was talking about. '

A mischievous rumour went around for a long time that the New York Times was in the habit of referring to the singer of "I Would Do Anything For Love", “ Bat Out of Hell ” and “ Dead Ringer For Love ” as “ Mr Loaf ”.

The urban legend remained, despite a column by no less a figure than William Safire debunking it.

Meat Loaf – aka Michael Lee Aday, who has sadly died at the age of 74 – was so ubiquitous a figure in the 1980s and 1990s, and so auto-spoofing from the start, that the myth felt deeply pleasurable.

March last year: Singer Meat Loaf and country artist John Rich perform at Redneck Riviera Nashville on March 27, 2021 in what was his final show

Nobody could possibly give more in four minutes of screentime.

in the early 1990s, somewhat after his heyday, meat loaf not do for love", with its high-camp video playing on beauty and the beast, and became briefly unavoidable once more – the subject, indeed, of a million different scabrous jokes about what the “ that ” that he wouldn't do might be.

But now, Meat Loaf is gone, and has taken with him the secret of exactly what that "that" really was.

Though his musical oeuvre, beyond the hit singles, wasn't quite up our collective street, Meat Loaf was likeable enough – and he was one of those figures that I quite naturally carried through to university, handy for an ice-breaking, pissed up singalong with new hallmates.

Meat Loaf, as he appears in the movie 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 1975. He dipped in and out of acting throughout his life

Meat Loaf played everything relatively deadpan, giving his fans a bit of fantasy ( that Beauty and the Beast-based video for "I Would Do Anything For Love" ! ! )

when they wanted it, but he was also knowing about his persona, in ways that his boring detractors couldn't see.

But, like Celine Dion, who also came to prominence singing a Jim Steinman song ( "It's All Coming Back To Me Now ” ), Meat Loaf has managed to endure and become a figure commanding enormous public goodwill, as witnessed by the outpouring of fondness since the announcement of his untimely death.

No cause of death was shared but unconfirmed reports suggested he had died of Covid-19.

Meat Loaf posing in front of a red background wearing a leather jacket and jeans with a smirk on his face

It spent seven weeks at number one in the UK, becoming the best-selling single of the year and rejuvenating Meat Loaf's career.

after a surgical procedure, he continued to tour and recorded bat out of hell trilogy with the monster is loose in 2006.

He appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows, among them Fight Club, Wayne's World and Spiceworld the Movie.

In 2021, he signed a deal to develop a relationship competition series titled I ’ d Do Anything for Love ( But I Won ’ t Do That ).

Oh really! In a candid chat with Showbusiness Editor Rebecca Davison (pictured during the chat), the Bat Out Of Hell rocker laid bare his romantic successes, his climate change gripes - and even dished out weight loss advice to a tickled Rebecca

The news of the rock star's death prompted numerous fond tributes.

The entire history of rock ’ n ’ roll is a comedy … Rock ’ n ’ roll was never meant to answer the questions of the universe.

"He plays the ultimate roadie on this quest to be the best in the world," said Cooper.

"it's bigger than life, but it's not," he said.

Meat Loaf with Donald Trump at an 'An Evening with The Celebrity Apprentice' in New York in April 2011

He was an only child, his mother a school teacher and gospel singer and his father a former police officer who developed alcoholism after being medically discharged from the US army during the second world war.

After his mother's death, he moved to Los Angeles – where he worked as a car park attendant and believed that he once picked up a hitchhiking Charles Manson – and formed his first group, Meat Loaf Soul, taking the name from a nickname given to him by a football coach.

In Los Angeles, Meat Loaf turned down three early offers of recording contracts and the group plied their trade live, supporting acts such as Van Morrison's band Them, Taj Mahal, Janis Joplin, the Who, the Fugs, the Stooges and the Grateful Dead.

Meat Loaf, however, told NME in 1978 that he was "going crazy out there in the woods" and so he moved back to Los Angeles and joined the cast of Hair.

Meat Loaf during a live concert performance as part of the 'Bat Out of Hell' tour at Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1978

He was playing a long game, he explained, exploring other avenues of entertainment that he hoped would ultimately allow him to make music on his terms.

"I went into the theatre 'cause I hate bars; I didn ’ t want to be stuck in a bar band and go sing Top 40 material.

His role in Hair led to an invitation to record for Motown in collaboration with Shaun "Stoney" Murphy.

He took on the role of Eddie in the later film.

Meat Loaf with a Hells Angels escort in London's Soho in May 1981 in this photograph from the Sony Music Archive

His rising fortunes dovetailed with the proper start of his collaboration with Steinman on Bat Out of Hell in 1972, which prompted him to sideline the theatre world.

the album had a long gestation, rejected by many labels who didn't understand it ?"

Finally, Epic imprint Cleveland International Records took a chance and history was made.

"what happens is, i get this question all the time," meat loaf told nme.

Meat Loaf (left) being greeted at Stafford railway station by Prince Edward (now the Earl of Wessex) for rehearsals of charity event, the Grand Knockout Tournament at Alton Towers Theme Park. They are pictured there in June 1987

Bat Out of Hell came out at the height of punk, rendering him, a critic for Mojo later suggested, "the uncoolest man in the universe".

Meat Loaf responded : “ Put it this way.

"The music was epic, the success was epic, everything that came with it was epic," he told Mojo.

To me, the whole celebrity thing was and is a lot of bullshit. ” Despite his cool attitude to fame, Meat Loaf had a nervous breakdown following Bat Out of Hell.

Rock star and actor Meat Loaf backstage with Ted Nugent at a Nugent concert in New York in 1979

A mooted follow-up album, Bad for Good, was blighted by Meat Loaf losing his voice thanks to a combination of touring, drugs and exhaustion.

Instead, Steinman released Bad for Good as a album and wrote 1981's Dead Ringer for Meat Loaf, who sang the title track as a duet with Cher.

He was unable to convince his record label to pay for two Steinman songs that Meat Loaf said were written for him – Total Eclipse of the Heart, later a No 1 hit for Bonnie Tyler, and Making Love Out of Nothing at All, a No 2 hit for Air Supply.

That decade, he made forays into comedy, performing in the UK with Hugh Laurie, but he also struggled personally.

American singer Meat Loaf sold more than 100million albums worldwide and starred in 65 movies. He is pictured in 1993

His subsequent 90s albums went platinum in the UK and his profile remained high into the new millennium, but on 17 November 2003, during a performance at Wembley Arena, Meat Loaf collapsed of what was later diagnosed as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

That year, he collapsed on stage in Canada – leading the New York Post to wrongly report his death – and subsequently committed to better protecting his health.

Despite the death of his long term collaborator, Meat Loaf told fans in November that he was due to return to the studio in January 2022 to record songs for a new album.

Despite the stage name, he was for a time a vegetarian.

Meat Loaf posing with very excited fans in this undated photo. He sold millions of records

He also admitted to social anxiety that prevented him from socialising.

I ’ ve heard it a million times.

It's one of the greatest rock music mysteries of all time.

The late US singer's Grammy-winning power ballad I'd Do Anything For Love ( But I Won't Do That ) blustered its way to the top of the charts in 1993.

Teddy Pendergrass, Meat Loaf and Deborah Harry of Blondie on a night out

Give a gun to a monkey?

In the lyrics, Mr Loaf says he won't move on, or screw around, or stop dreaming about the object of his affections ( billed in the song as "Mrs Loud", she was in fact British singer Lorraine Crosby ).

Following Meat Loaf's death at the age of 74, there has been renewed intrigue about the song's meaning- but the answer to this rock conundrum is much simpler than you think.

"I bet if I said, 'Do you have a question ', people would raise their hand and they will ask me ... 'What is that ? '

Meat Loaf performs on stage in Zwolle in the Netherlands in May 2013

"It's the line before every chorus.

"I 'll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life I 'll do anything for love But I won't do that.

"In other words, you can insert your own line."

The single edit- at a mere five minutes long- added to the song's mystique, as some of the key lyrics were cut out.

Meat Loaf spoke openly about health issues that had plagued him, notably asthma, which caused him to collapse on stage

Eight minutes isn't too much for Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.

Asked in 1996 what he was prepared to do for his first wife, Leslie, the star replied : "Wash up.

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