American musician and actor, Mea Loaf, got his start in 1967. Real name is Michael Lee Aday, he has a vast discography and filmography. With 12 studio albums, five live albums, seven compilation albums, and one EP, he has made appearances in over 50 movies and television shows throughout hi... More
American musician and actor, Mea Loaf, got his start in 1967. Real name is Michael Lee Aday, he has a vast discography and filmography. With 12 studio albums, five live albums, seven compilation albums, and one EP, he has made appearances in over 50 movies and television shows throughout his career. On VH1’s list of “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock,” he ranked 96. His sound is hard rock, rock and roll, and rock opera and in addition to singing, he plays the guitar, keyboards, and saxophone.
When he was younger, Meat Loaf moved to LA and started the band, Meat Loaf Soul. Though he was offered three different record contracts, he turned them down, and instead opted to open for Van Morrison. He then performed in a production of the musical Hair in LA and on tour. His first album, Stoney & Meatloaf came in 1971 during publicity for the show.
Hair opened on Broadway, but in 1973, Meat Loaf got a call about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He did the play as both Eddie and Dr. Everett, and the cult classic film version as just Eddie. His filmography includes Wayne’s World, Angels in the Outfield, Spiceworld, Fight Club, Tenacious D in the Pink of Destiny, and Beautiful Boy.
In 1977, he released his second album, Bat Out of Hell, which ranked #14 on the US Billboard 200. His third album, 1981’s Dead Ringer, was not as successful in the US, but was a hit over seas. It was not until 1993’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell that Meat Loaf garnered more success. The album ranked #1 on all the charts. It was his most successful album, and he hasn’t been able to chart as high in the US since.
His most recent album, Hell In A Handbasket, was released in 2011. It charted at #100 in the US, but has been more successful abroad. Meatloaf has gone on 21 tours and will be kicking off his 22, the Mad, Mad World Summer Tour 2012 on June 22 in Austin, TX. The tour will continue on across the US and will come to Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on July 31.