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Meat Loaf Dead at 74

My big buddy from Dallas, Meat Loaf, died yesterday 1/20. He was one of my favorite people to interview, for a whole host of reasons. That photo of Meat Loaf signing autographs at my Q102 Bring In the Weekend Party broadcast in Dallas was in the late 1980s (photo by our dear friend Robert Starkey). As you will hear in my series of interviews here In the Studio covering all but the final days of his life ( for that I recommend the excellent piece by Andy Greene in Rolling Stone  magazine https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/meat-loaf-dies-74-1288550/ ), Meat Loaf was an underdog, an understudy to the great John Belushi early on, and misunderstood by many music critics and not a few radio programmers. Yet he played each of those roles to the hilt.

If you think the songs of composer Jim Steinman, who died in 2021, are populated by fantastic people and places right out of central casting, they ain’t got nothin’ on the real life sojourn of the 300 pound interior lineman dressed in a prom tuxedo named Marvin Lee Aday from Dallas Texas, aka Meat Loaf. Here is a rare colorful classic rock conversation with the man, who the New York Times respectfully refers to as Mr. Loaf, in an attempt to get our arms around his most unorthodox career,  from North Texas football to journeyman actor to international singer who hit the stage like a Bat Out of Hell . – Redbeard

“You can’t run away forever
But there’s nothing wrong with getting a good head start
You want to shut out the night, you want to shut down the sun
You want to shut away the pieces of a broken heart
Think of how we’d lay down together
We’d be listening to the radio so loud and so strong
Every golden nugget coming like a gift of the gods
Someone must have blessed us when he gave us those songs
I treasure your love, I never want to lose it
You’ve been through the fires of hell
And I know you’ve got the ashes to prove it
I treasure your love, I want to show you how to use it
You’ve been through a lot of pain in the dirt
And I know you’ve got the scars to prove it
Remember everything that I told you
And I’m telling you again that it’s true
When you’re alone and afraid, and you’re completely amazed
To find there’s nothing anybody can do
(Keep on believing and you’ll discover baby)
There’s always something magic
There’s always something new
And when you really really need it the most
That’s when rock and roll dreams come true
The beat is yours forever, the beat is always true
And when you really really need it the most
That’s when rock and roll dreams come true for you
Once upon a time was a backbeat
Once upon a time all the chords came to Life
And the angels had guitars even before they had wings
If you hold onto a chorus you can get through the night
(Get you through the night)
I treasure your love, I never want to lose it
You’ve been through the fires of hell
And I know you’ve got the ashes to prove it
I treasure your love, I want to show you how to use it
You’ve been through a lot of pain in the dirt
And I know you’ve got the scars to prove it
Remember everything that I told you
And I’m telling you again that it’s true
You’re never alone cause you can put on the phones
And let the drummer tell your heart what to do
(Keep on believing, and you’ll discover baby)
There’s always something magic
There’s always something new
And when you really really need it the most
That’s when rock and roll dreams come true
The beat is yours forever, the beat is always true
And when you really really need it the most
That’s when rock and roll dreams come true, oh for you- “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through”, Jim Steinman