Happy Birthday to Meat Loaf, who turns 73 on Sunday (September 27th)!!! It looks as though Meat might be done touring following a spate of health issues over the past few years. During a recent chat with Rolling Stone, he admitted that despite his setbacks, he's still a fighter at heart, explaining, “Because it hurts my back, I haven't been able to sing in a year. You use everything to sing, and I just cannot do it. From how I grew up, that's where I learned to be tough and to never stop. I mean, I'm tough as nails. Once I was hit in the head with a pool cue and just turned to the guy and said, 'You just made a big mistake.' Got hit in the head with a whiskey bottle. Had my head slammed into a locker. I've had 18 concussions. And nothing, nothing has ever put me down. Yeah, man — I never go down. . . (but) my back is driving me crazy. But then I'm probably a little crazy anyway, because of all the concussions.”
On August 20th, 2019, Meat Loaf made his first live performance in over three years in Manhattan during an encore cameo with the cast of the Bat Out Of Hell musical. Meat was on hand at the New York City Center to help tackle the album's classic “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth.” Playbill.com reported “Jim Steinman, who wrote the songs on the original 1977 album, wrote the book for the stage adaptation, which has already played London and Toronto. The story follows Strat, a rebellious gang leader who falls in love with the daughter of a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic world.”
Back on June 16th, 2016, during a concert in Edmonton's Northern Jubilee Auditorium, while performing his 1993 chart-topper, “I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That),” Meat fell, after which the band stopped playing and he was rushed to a nearby hospital. The previous April, he postponed shows in Ohio and Pennsylvania because of the flu.