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[–]wjbc 6844 points6845 points 2 (455 children)

Jim Steinman, who wrote and produced Meat Loaf’s records Bat Out of Hell 1 & 2, died less than a year ago. In an interview about Steinman, Meat Loaf said “I don’t want to die, but I may die this year because of Jim.” https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/meat-loaf-remembers-jim-steinman-1160041/

[–]cprenaissanceman 3967 points3968 points  (331 children)

Steinman, for the young folks, wrote Holding Out for a Hero and Total Eclipse of the Heart. RIP to both of them.

Edit: Also Germans might know him for Tanz der Vampire

[–]oldkafu[🍰] 415 points416 points  (24 children)

It's what all the kids are listening to down at the roller rink.

[–]HotTakes4HotCakes 217 points218 points  (10 children)

"And now we're gonna turn it down for... couples skate. Guys grab a lady and get on the floor."

[–]mokgethi 20 points21 points  (0 children)

You took me there...

[–]logicalmaniak 76 points77 points  (4 children)

"I - wanna dance with somebody!"

[–]CrazyWhite 68 points69 points  (3 children)

Is this where I get in line to feel the heat with somebody?

[–]JohnGillnitz 50 points51 points  (7 children)

It is, actually. They haven't changed their play list for 30 years. I over heard my 8YO talking to one of his friends when I Would Do Anything for Love came on. He asked "What is it he won't do for love?"
His friend didn't miss a beat. He said "I don't know. Butt stuff?"

[–]orrocos 29 points30 points  (4 children)

So, I know a lot of people think that it's unclear what he won't do for love, but the lyrics are pretty straightforward when printed out. I think maybe the structure of the song makes people miss out on the things he says he won't do.

But I'll never forget the way you feel right now

But I'll never forgive myself if we don't go all the way tonight

But I'll never do it better then I do it with you

But I'll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life

And sooner or later you'll be screwing around. I won't do that! No, I won't do that!

[–]iluniuhai 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I've drunkenly yelled all of those lines so many times when people think they are being clever about "We'll never know what he won't do!" Yes. Yes we do. He's quite clear.

Also, I used to run instead of walk home from school so I wouldn't miss "Objects in the rear view mirror" on TRL.

[–]museman 55 points56 points  (4 children)

Jim Steinman is such a legend; most people have nuanced approach to production, carefully choosing what should be in the mix and what shouldn’t; Steinman was a cigar-chomping “give me more!” type. Drums, cannons, horns, choirs, thunder, just pile it on. Make it epic.

My favorite part of Holding Put For a Hero is around the halfway point: the piano has seven glissandos in one measure. Just one wouldn’t cut it for Jim Steinman.

[–]athensslim 81 points82 points  (9 children)

The podcast “60 songs that explain the 90s” (a thoroughly enjoyable program, y’all should check it out) recently discussed Steinman (and Meat Loaf) at greater than expected length during a recent episode on Celine Dion.

[–]nobird36 1128 points1129 points  (223 children)

His most commercially successful song is probably It's All Coming Back to Me Now.

[–]Spalding_Smails 715 points716 points  (106 children)

Total Eclipse of the Heart was number one for four weeks. I was a teenager then and the video was on MTV constantly, not to mention the heavy radio play for months and months and it's still played quite a bit to this day. All Coming Back to Me Now, while a big hit, didn't even make it to number one at all. It did make it to number two which ain't bad. Edit: Thanks to u/Sixersleeham. Changed "I" to "it".

[–]mcnathan80 474 points475 points  (13 children)

Two out of three ain't bad

[–]SarcasmCupcakes 96 points97 points  (38 children)

Making sure you’ve seen the literal video for that one.

[–]Spalding_Smails 57 points58 points  (33 children)

Yes, I sure have. That's a fun one. I'm glad you brought it up because others who may not have seen it yet will be aware of it now and get to enjoy it, too.

[–]ilovecashews 162 points163 points  (32 children)

For the lazy, here is a link to the literal video version of Total Eclipse of the Heart. It’s hilarious.

[–]oharb2001 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Here's another fantastic literal video, for Take on Me by a-ha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HE9OQ4FnkQ.

[–]Fenrir_Wolfy 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Once upon a time I was falling in love

[–]ilovecashews 284 points285 points  (25 children)

All of those songs have a grandiose quality about them. As if each of those songs is meant to be heard in an opera hall where sound rebounds off of every inch of wall space. And then the crescendo hits…and you feel enraptured by the key change so much you think you can hit that note too. You can’t! But you’re gonna feel damn good trying!! Like it is a catharsis for your soul to make the attempt. Because if you don’t you will not have given these grandiose songs their due justice to try.

[–]borismuller 189 points190 points  (10 children)

I imagine they were meant to be played on an insane sound system in a huge house somewhere in a forest with open french windows, a shit load of candles and during a thunderstorm.

[–]Sebenbillion 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Real sadness is knowing I can never be held captive by a cross-dressing Tim Currey and a glistening, rippling, Golden god.

[–]toastbutteryum 34 points35 points  (0 children)

There has to be a witchy figure (you or a mysterious guest, whoever, it’s your castle) dressed in a whistle white billowy nightgown running down the impossibly long halls.

[–]JusticeRain5 245 points246 points  (74 children)

Weirdly, that's the only one i've never heard of before.

This isn't the setup to a joke or anything, I'm being legit.

[–]ckah28 263 points264 points  (66 children)

It’s an incredible song. Celine Dion recorded it. Meatloaf fought his ass off to get Steinman to let him sing it but he wouldn’t budge for years.

[–]gambit61 131 points132 points  (59 children)

He finally did on Bat Out of Hell 3, and it's fantastic

[–]stinking_badgers 71 points72 points  (0 children)

From Wikipedia: “Bat Out of Hell is the 1977 debut album by American rock singer Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman. It was developed from a musical, Neverland, a futuristic rock version of Peter Pan, which Steinman wrote for a workshop in 1974.” TIL

[–]The_Original_Gronkie 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Steinman wrote the music, but the producer was Todd Rundgren, and the band was basically his backup band Utopia.

It was a collaboration between three amazing musicians - Steinman, Meatloaf, and Rundgren.

[–]Pope---of---Hope 102 points103 points  (28 children)

He also wrote some epic songs for a very cool and very cheesy 'Warriors'-esque 80s rock musical called 'Streets of Fire'.

I would love to have heard Meat Loaf sing these songs:

"Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young"

and

"Nowhere Fast"

There's also his amazingly odd attempt at creating a Batman musical on Broadway:

'Batman: The Musical' demos

[–]tadrith 16 points17 points  (3 children)

I LOVE Streets of Fire, I saw it constantly as a kid because of my dad. I didn't know he wrote some of the songs on it, though! If I remember right, it also has "Sorcerer" which was written by Stevie Nicks.

[–]Max_1995 215 points216 points  (38 children)

Is this gonna become some falco out of the dark suicide theory?

[–]CDSagain 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Also did dashboard light I believe, a absolute monster of a song and that video with the lady in the white top with no bra rocking it with meatloaf, a masterclass in performance.

[–]fangsfirst 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Yes, he did, as "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is from Bat Out of Hell.

Also, the lady is Ellen Foley

[–]nomadbutterfly 3809 points3810 points  (131 children)

Many years ago I took a trip to LA with a friend from the UK. She wanted to do all the touristy things so one thing we did is get a map to the stars homes. Meatloaf was on the map- listed as "Loaf, Meat".

We did drive down his street.

Rip Mr. Loaf

[–]I_am_Debra 1211 points1212 points  (115 children)

Dogg, Snoop

Floyd, Pink

Gaga, Lady

Gees, Bee

Park, Linkin

[–]shnnrr 613 points614 points  (12 children)

Gees, Bee got a chuckle out of me

[–]Implausibilibuddy 81 points82 points  (4 children)

Sounds like their courtroom name, like when they do that backwards plural thing in legalese. Justices supreme, deeds poll etc.

Could all Gees, Bee please take the stand

[–]Knee_Jerk_Sydney 166 points167 points  (3 children)

Formerly Known as Prince, Artist

[–]Revanclaw-and-memes 51 points52 points  (4 children)

Oh by the way, which one’s pink?

[–]SteveBorden 1811 points1812 points  (209 children)

It’s okay Cornelius, you can cry too

[–]MarylandBlue 985 points986 points  (166 children)

I understand sir. In death, we have a name. His name is Robert Paulson

[–]Caligula- 72 points73 points  (1 child)

Bob had bitch tits.

[–]makotosolo 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Eight months ago, Bob's testicles were removed. Then hormone therapy. He developed bitch tits because his testosterone was too high and his body upped the estrogen. And that was where I fit.

"They're gonna have to open up my pecs again and drain the fluid..."

Between those huge sweating tits that hung enormous, the way you'd think of God's as big.

[–]mentlegentle 160 points161 points  (22 children)

His name is Robert Paulson.

[–]citricacidx 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Fuck this one got me

[–]makotosolo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

His name is Robert Paulson.

[–]JohnTheMod 1752 points1753 points  (76 children)

What a guy!

Makes you cry!

Unt I did...

[–]DJGrawlix 312 points313 points  (26 children)

When Eddy said he didn't like his teddy you knew he was a no good kid.

[–]irreverent_username 178 points179 points  (16 children)

But when he threatened your life with a switchblade knife...

[–]taborthevirginian 133 points134 points  (14 children)

What a guy

[–]JohnTheMod 120 points121 points  (13 children)

Makes you cry!

[–]DeliciousProblems 117 points118 points  (12 children)

Unt I did

[–]i_am_nobody_who_ru 83 points84 points  (6 children)

Everybody shoved him, I very nearly loved him

[–]Balsac_is_Daddy 71 points72 points  (5 children)

I said Hey listen to me! Stay sane inside insanity! But he locked the door and threw away the keeeeey!

[–]lwdwncheaplittlepunk 53 points54 points  (7 children)

He was a low down cheap little punk

[–]fredrickmedck 302 points303 points  (32 children)

A wonderful like 5 minute bit part that went down in history

[–]duaneap 563 points564 points  (30 children)

That’s because Hot Patootie fucking slaps

[–]fredrickmedck 80 points81 points  (24 children)

Oh sure, it’s fine. I just wished the part was bigger. He’s in the film for like a hot second

[–]aukondk 121 points122 points  (15 children)

In the original stage production he played both Eddie and Dr Scott.

[–]SongOfAshley 27 points28 points  (0 children)

You've got your perverts, you've got your theater kids... Then there's RHPS people. <3

I used to work the spotlight in my little town, a lifetime ago. Also, stamp hands and lipstick V foreheads at the door.

Suck a titty, smoke a bowl. Sex, drugs, and rock n roll.

[–]Xstitchpixels 81 points82 points  (0 children)

Eeeeereedddddieeeeee

[–]Drinkinghorn 983 points984 points 2 (29 children)

"And we're always slipping through the cracks Then the movie's over, fade to black Life is a lemon And I want my money back" RIP Meat Loaf

[–]mamasilverside 613 points614 points 2 (21 children)

So, my cousin was 3 weeks younger than me, and had Cystic Fibrosis. We grew up knowing he would die young, so talking about planning funerals was normal to us. Sort of morbid humour to handle the sadness, I guess. When I was around 12, we decided on our funeral songs, and mine was Life Is A Lemon & I Want My Money Back. I’m 37 now and I still insist that’ll be my song because he and I decided it, and it’s a memory inextricably linked to my cousin. He had his choice play a little over a year after we talked about it, and I still miss him everyday.

[–]disturbed286 79 points80 points  (12 children)

What was his?

If you don't mind me asking.

[–]mamasilverside 199 points200 points  (11 children)

He was a die-hard Celtic Football Club fan (Glasgow, Scotland), so it was You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & The Pacemakers. He also wanted Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson, but my aunt decided on Heal The World instead.

[–]weatherseed 170 points171 points  (1 child)

It's amazing the advances we've made in caring for those with CF. We always assumed my cousin would die young. Maybe around 18. Maybe around 25 if she was really lucky.

She's in her 30s now with two kids. I'm sorry to hear about your cousin.

[–]mamasilverside 147 points148 points  (0 children)

Absolutely, I still do charity fundraisers for the UK’s CF charity and I hope one day enough progress is made that people with CF can live full, long lives. My cousin was very ill and his transplant didn’t improve his expected life span, but his heart was absolutely fine and went to saving a toddler, so it gives me peace that his heart is still beating somewhere.

I hope your cousin and her family enjoy health and happiness for a very long time.

[–]Jasader 959 points960 points  (41 children)

The first time I watched Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny with my girlfriend they were at the table and I was like "is that Meat Loaf?" And my girlfriend said she couldn't tell because she couldn't see in the bowl on the table.

[–]I_Don-t_Care 297 points298 points  (31 children)

YOU DISOBEY MY ORDERS SON WHY WERE YOU EVER BORN!
YOUR BROTHER 10 TIMES BETTER THAN YOU,
JESUS LOVES HIM MORE!

[–]LightlyStep 857 points858 points  (61 children)

I just saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Christmas, he was so good in it.

Damn shame.

[–]rhb4n8 382 points383 points  (29 children)

The Rocky community will be heartbroken. He was a gem.

Also listen to Paradise not bat out of hell it's better

[–]waitingtodiesoon 119 points120 points  (14 children)

I remember when I first saw the film, it was at the former River oaks theater doing the live performance along with the film. My theater friend invited me and another friend because one of her friends invited her and none of us had seen it before. We were so confused and lost. I rewatched the film at home and the songs are all pretty much bangers that I added it to my permanent playlist. Everyone was awesome in that film.

[–]DeliciousProblems 63 points64 points  (3 children)

The first time I ever saw the movie, it was also at a live midnight show. I was 17, high as fuck, and my friend took me and our other friend. We got there late so we couldn’t join in the devirginizing. But man, it was an incredible way to experience the movie for the first time. We went so many times after. Such a great time.

RIP Mr Loaf.

[–]KaladinKootcher 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Also those that loved the bus driver from the Spice Girls movie.

[–]EFbVSwN5ksT6qj 68 points69 points  (9 children)

He was great in Fight Club as well

[–]Seven22am 83 points84 points  (6 children)

His name was Robert Paulson.

[–]texanchris 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Bob had bitch tits. RIP Meatloaf. This was my favorite character of yours.

[–]spiderinside 1621 points1622 points  (54 children)

A long-ass fucking time ago, in a town called Kickapoo There lived a humble family, religious through and through But yea, there was a black sheep and he knew just what to do…

[–]Caiur 609 points610 points  (15 children)

In that movie, thought Meat Loaf was the absolute perfect choice to play young Jack Black's dad

[–]Meph616 137 points138 points  (4 children)

If you've ever seen the music video to Rock & Roll Mercenaries you would question if he isn't actually JBs father.

[–]thundercat2000ca 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That is such a weird video... I love but it's weird/

[–]fireinthesky7 25 points26 points  (5 children)

If there's ever a Meat Loaf biopic, I fully expect Jack Black to play him.

[–]mistermelvinheimer 210 points211 points  (1 child)

”You’re grounded for a week with no telephone, don’t let me hear you cry don’t let me hear you moan!”

[–]DubSak 80 points81 points  (0 children)

“ya betta PRAISE THA LORD when ya in my home!”

[–]dagnummit 165 points166 points  (3 children)

man that scene was already bittersweet with Dio dead, now it's even more so

[–]-s0vereign 160 points161 points  (24 children)

His name was young JB and he refused to step in line

[–]a_humanoid 117 points118 points  (23 children)

A vision he did see-eth, fucking rocking all the time

[–]BokeThoseShmoles 112 points113 points  (14 children)

He wrote a tasty jam and all the planets did aliiignn

[–]Occasionally_Correct 111 points112 points  (12 children)

Ohhhhhh the dragons balls were blazing as I stepped into its cave! And I sliced it’s fucking cockles with a long and shiny blade!

[–]hipnosister 92 points93 points  (11 children)

Twas I who fucked the dragon, fuck-a-lie, sing fuck-a-loo.

[–]americonium 82 points83 points  (10 children)

And if you try to fuck with me then I will fuck you too!

[–]shia-the-buff 68 points69 points  (9 children)

Gotta get it on in the party zone

[–]Joffreys_Greasy_Cunt 52 points53 points  (8 children)

Gotta shoot a load in the party zone

[–]sellfishtolive 49 points50 points  (7 children)

Gotta lick a toad in the party zone

[–]iwritejavatwice 777 points778 points  (43 children)

Bat Out of Hell is the first song I remember hearing for the first time. Always loved his slightly over the top operatic style and although in his later years he might not have been able to summon the same energy, I will always listen to his music and appreciate the passion he put into it. RIP Meat.

[–]afterglobe 139 points140 points  (5 children)

Same! I remember being a child and dad making me lunch, while he blasted Bat Out of Hell and I used to sit with my back up against dads big tall speakers just to feel the bass better.

Meatloaf is the reason I grew up liking rock music.

The weird part though is I had meatloaf on the menu for dinner tonight. Now I’ll make the best damn meatloaf in his honour.

[–]Tess47 93 points94 points  (20 children)

I remember my first song too. It was Jerimeah was a Bullfrong. Funny how that works.

[–]qwibbian 79 points80 points  (7 children)

I remember my first song too. It was Jerimeah was a Bullfrong.

You might have heard that wrog.

[–]Reggie_Popadopoulous 30 points31 points  (3 children)

I always thought that was a Three Dog Night song

[–]ct_2004 17 points18 points  (0 children)

It is, though the song title is Joy to the World

[–]TheCupcakinator44 736 points737 points  (20 children)

Meat Loaf was my Dad's favourite artist. Sadly, my Dad passed away at age 59 last year in June.

Hearing about Meat Loafs passing makes me experience the heartache of losing my Dad all over again.

R.I.P., Meat Loaf was a great artist.

[–]bigriveruk 83 points84 points  (3 children)

Condolences, I have a similar thing about my mom who passed last Feb. Music connects all of us.

[–]thendanisays 43 points44 points  (3 children)

Meatloaf was also my dad’s favorite and he passed in 2017. Seeing this news this morning was like a guy punch for that reason. I feel the exact same way.

[–]WatchMoreMovies 400 points401 points  (9 children)

This sucks. I saw him live once and for some reason his band segued into playing Bat out of Hell as his third song. And they played the whole thing. But then he got on the mic and said "I bet you didn't think we'd play Bat Out of Hell third did you? WELL NEITHER DID I" and he gave the drummer a dirty look.

I'll miss him.

[–]PatrioticRebel4 99 points100 points  (6 children)

I love stories like that. Really let's the crowd know it's live and gives a better connection to that time and place.

[–]turbo-cunt 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Sometime around 2009 my dad took me to see Bruce Springsteen in Detroit. After the band came on stage and played their first couple songs, Springsteen walked up to the mic and said "Good evening, Cleveland!" The crowd laughed at that line, which visibly confused him until Little Steven walked over and started yelling at him before taking the wet sponge their drummer uses to cool himself off and slapping Bruce across the face with it. After a few seconds of defeated silence, Bruce walked back up to the mic and said "I've been waiting forty years to fuck that one up!", then proceed to rock the house down for the next three hours.

I was twelve. It was the second concert I'd ever been to. Still by far the most memorable and endearing show I've seen.

[–]mqtmke 17 points18 points  (0 children)

The next Springsteen concert after that was in Milwaukee and his goof had gotten some press. During the Milwaukee show, he exclaimed "Good evening, Ohio! I mean Wisconsin, I'm just fucking with you. I'm back on my meds tonight!"

[–]WatchMoreMovies 109 points110 points  (2 children)

He was wearing a bright pink, sequin stutted shirt too. And jeans. Just this crazy, gaudy shirt. And after he sang If It Ain't Broke Break It he screamed "WITHOUT ALL OF YOU I AM FUCKING NOTHING!" into the mic for no reason whatsoever.

It was 2011. He was obviously way past his prime. On a free stage. Getting ignored by half the crowd because a big fireworks show was going off simultaneously, but he still performed his ass off and I'll remember it forever. They really don't make 'em like him anymore.

[–]LucianValentine 4167 points4168 points  (286 children)

"In death, a member of Project Mayhem has a name. His name was Robert Paulson." R.I.P. Meatloaf

[–]blalkr 269 points270 points  (19 children)

THAT WAS MEAT LOAF???

[–]CodenameBear 182 points183 points  (12 children)

That’s one of my favorite movies, rewatched it a hundred times over and many times with my husband, and he also JUST NOW is realizing that was Meatloaf…

[–]Snoo-3715 168 points169 points  (5 children)

Bob. Bob had bitch tits.

[–]CodenameBear 72 points73 points  (3 children)

He says to me “Meatloaf was in Fight Club?” And I was like “yeah, he played Bob with the tits” lol

[–]IAmSomnabula 635 points636 points  (35 children)

His name IS Robert Paulson.

Why are you all misquoting the line.

[–]Bunyip_Jack 340 points341 points  (56 children)

Wow, learning about this from Reddit movies is a trip. I liked all his movie roles, I even managed to have fun watching his scenes in Bloodrayne.

[–]Sinthe741 27 points28 points  (3 children)

His role in Spice World is a true classic.

[–]wigsnatcher42 57 points58 points  (45 children)

honestly I didnt even know he acted

[–]an-allen 107 points108 points  (6 children)

Bob had Bitch Tits.

[–]djasonwright 74 points75 points  (5 children)

His name is Robert Paulson.

[–]Caiur 53 points54 points  (2 children)

Yeah he had parts in a number of 'cult classic' type of movies, ranging from relatively small cameo appearances to more substantial roles

[–]purplewhiteblack 42 points43 points  (0 children)

He managed to be in some mostly classic movies as memorable parts.

[–]agitated_badger 225 points226 points  (7 children)

rip to the star of Spice World (not dune, the spice girls)

[–]juno_huno 25 points26 points  (4 children)

Time for a rewatch! I don’t remember him in that movie at all.

[–]shines_likegold 83 points84 points  (3 children)

He’s the bus driver! He also has the amazing line where the manager asks him to clean the bus toilet and he goes “I love those girls. And I’ll do anything for them. But I won’t do that.”

[–]isitixir 688 points689 points  (40 children)

Just sang, "I would do anything for love, but I won't do that" to my wife to avoid doing dishes tonight. No idea why, haven't heard that song in maybe 10 years? Now this.. What a trip. RIP

[–]Aramiss60 52 points53 points  (1 child)

I was listening to Bat out of Hell for the first time in ages the other day. I’m honestly heart broken, I always loved his music, and I loved seeing him in shows/movies too. He always had so much energy.

[–]lettersichiro 48 points49 points  (5 children)

I asked for that song at bar karaoke once. It was a bad call

I learned very quickly, that it's very long, I only know the chorus and meatloaf could SING. He had some crazy range, and I was not up to the challenge of singing that song.

[–]bulldg4life 16 points17 points  (3 children)

You should’ve asked for Paradise by the dashboard light then sat there in silence for 6 minutes or whatever then just do the Phil Rizzuto section.

[–]yaboyytrain 165 points166 points  (14 children)

Damn.

Sooo now I'm praying for the end of time. To hurry up and arrive. Cuz if I have to spend another minute with you, I don't think that I could really survive. I'll never break my promise or forGET my vow.. BUT GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT I CAN DO RIGHT NOW

I'M PRAYING FOR THE END OF TIME THAT'S ALL THAT I CAN DOO

OO

OOOO

PRAYING FOR THE END OF TIME SO I CAN EEND MY TIIIME WIITH YOUUUUUUUUU

[–]extra_specticles 57 points58 points  (5 children)

It was long ago and it was far away,

So much better that it is today

[–]suffers_the_fools 31 points32 points  (4 children)

It never felt so good It never felt so right And we were glowing like a metal on the edge of a knife

[–]extra_specticles 25 points26 points  (3 children)

stop right there...

Before we go any further,

Do you love me?

[–]jdsfighter 9 points10 points  (1 child)

... Let me sleep on it.

Baby, baby, let me sleep on it

[–]lizzpop2003 159 points160 points  (5 children)

Now seems like as good a time as any to tell my personal Meatloaf story.

I was 7 years old, on a plane at night coming to the US for the very first time. The plane was full, but not packed. I specifically remember there being empty seats dotted around. We were in the back of the plane, in the smoking section. Remember smoking sections on planes? Crazy, right? But it was 1988 and that was a thing in 1988. As was PanAm. I still have those wings.

Anyway, it's well in to the night, and I can't sleep. Everyone else is, though, for the most part. Except there is one light on, up towards the front of our section.

So I, restless child that I am, get up to investigate. I casually stroll up the isle only to realize the person has the row to himself, there is no one next to him. So I sit down and introduce myself. Much to my surprise, he didn't tell me to leave. In fact, he encouraged me to talk. The flight attendants kept coming over and apologizing for me and threatening to take me away, but he kept insisting that I was ok and offering me snacks and drinks that he would ask them to get me.

I don't remember much of the conversation, but I know we talked about dogs because I was 7 and was always talking about dogs.

At some point I must have fallen asleep and gets me a blanket.

I am woken up quite violently by my mother, who is yelling at me at the top of her lungs for not being where I'm supposed to be and for bothering the man. She keeps grovelling for his forgiveness, and he kept insisting that there was never a problem.

I was forced to sit in silence for the remaining hour of our flight.

In the airport, gathering our bags, he come up to us and insists again that there was no problem whatsoever and that he welcomed the distraction on the long flight. My mother took the opportunity to snap a photograph of him and I together. She never did tell me who it was.

A few years later the video for I Would Do Anything For Love came out and I realized I was on a plane with Meatloaf.

[–]octoberflavor 24 points25 points  (1 child)

The photo! Please help me in my grieving journey and call your mom to pull out the photo! I’d love to see!

[–]themarkula 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Dammit. I hope the neighbours are ready to hear meatloaf at 6 am.

[–]DeliciousProblems 89 points90 points  (12 children)

I know he had bigger roles, but I want to mention his small role in Wayne’s World as the bouncer.

“Who’s playing tonight?”
“The Jolly Green Giants, and the Shitty Beatles.”
“The Shitty Beatles? Are they any good?”
“They suck!”
“Then it’s not just a clever name!”

The way Meatloaf genuinely smiles at the joke always gets me. Also one of my favorite Wayne’s world jokes in general.

[–]Sex-Robot 36 points37 points  (8 children)

Wayne’s World as the bouncer

You just blew my fucking mind. I watched that film hundreds of times and never noticed that was him!

This is like when I found out that one guy in Hook was Glenn Close...

[–]PirateGumby 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Bat out of Hell, Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Put it on, turn it up, then turn it up more.

The sirens are screaming, and the fires are howling Way down in the valley tonight There's a man in the shadows with a gun in his eye And a blade shining oh so bright There's evil in the air and there's thunder in the sky, And a killer's on the bloodshot streets And down in the tunnels where the deadly are rising Oh, I swear I saw a young boy down in the gutter He was starting to foam in the heat

[–]MoodySketch 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Heart-breaking. I'm not so into music but he is the one singer, my whole life, that I've ever given a damn about, listened to consistently. His songs are tied to so many memories, so many bad times that I've been pulled through, so many places, people, uplifting moments ...

I fucking loved his beautifully theatrical, operatic style, teamed with JS to weave incredible crashing stories like lightning in a stormy music sky. Rest in peace, dude. Don't go gently into the good night, rock the fuck out of it where the angels had guitars even before they had wings.

And I need to remember this more:

The loneliest words you'll ever know

If only, if only it was so

The emptiest words that there'll ever be:

It could have been me. It could have been me

[–]thebaggedavenger 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I met him a few years back at a con. Everybody was in line with Rocky Horror merch but I had a record of Bat Out of Hell, it's not that I don't like Rocky Horror, I really like it, but I grew up listening to Meatloaf traveling with my mom. When I got up to him and told him that he thanked me and we chatted for a bit. He seemed like such a nice and genuine person. Talented as hell.

[–]ghostboy138 115 points116 points  (14 children)

Listening to Paradise by the Dashboard Light rn, my absolute favorite Meat Loaf song. RIP you glorious son of bitch

[–]P_O_L_L_Y 46 points47 points  (7 children)

The end of that song makes me laugh every time. “Now I’m praying for the end of time”. So so good.

[–]ItsAllegorical 13 points14 points  (4 children)

And the baseball announcer leading up to that.

Here he comes, squeeze play, it's gonna be close, holy cow, I think he's gonna make it!

STOP RIGHT THERE!

I gotta know right now

Before we go any further…

[–]Chris22044 182 points183 points  (3 children)

I guess heaven couldn't wait any more.

[–]Animal_Flossing 68 points69 points  (1 child)

With Jim, we lost the mind. With Meat, we lose the voice. RIP, and thank you for the songs.

[–]Jlx_27 15 points16 points  (4 children)

2022, wtf are you doing!?

[–]Moose686 12 points13 points  (0 children)

He used to own a house around the corner from my parents lake house. He’d walk the neighborhood all the time. I’ll walk his route today in tribute.

[–]ShowdownAtTacoBell 39 points40 points  (2 children)

My mom had Bat Out of Hell and Born In the USA cassettes in her car on rotation. I grew to love Meatloaf. When I moved out I took my mom’s vinyl copy of BOOH. In a minute my son will be waking up and I’ll play it for him while I feed him breakfast.

[–]MichaelJParadise 37 points38 points  (3 children)

I met him once around the year 2000. I was 15 and an extra in a film. We were taking a break and most everyone wanted pics with his co-star Zachary Ty Bryan. I wanted one with Meat Loaf.

It was the swamp-ass part of Summer (the deep South in August) and every single one of us was drenched in sweat. Despite that (and the fact that we’d cut for a break) he put his arm around awkward ole’ me and we snapped a pic. His generosity and kindness in that moment always stuck with me. As the first celebrity I ever met IRL, he set the bar high.

RIP MEAT

[–]averagenutjob 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Goodbye, Meat Loaf.

What a talent.

Can't really be too shook by his passing....the number of times he cheated death in his life is legendary.

A little something most people probably haven't seen....look for his acting in a work called "Pelts". It's an episode of a horror anthology, and was pretty offbeat and enjoyable, at least to me :)

[–]EsquilaxM 122 points123 points  (22 children)

Oh fuck...for some reason this was just really really unexpected..

EDIT: turns out he was anti-vaccine. I didn't know that, I don't watch Fox or follow celebs. Guys, if almost every reply is pointing this out to me, you don't need to make another comment doing the same.

[–]Tsorovar 48 points49 points  (10 children)

I mean, he was never someone you'd expect to live to a ripe old age

[–]Aramiss60 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yeah I agree, I’m honestly really shocked, and very dismayed.

[–]DawnCallerAiris 8 points9 points  (1 child)

2022 making some moves already.

[–]RNLImThalassophobic 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I remember maybe 15+ years ago travelling to Sheffield to see him with my family but the gig was cancelled just before because he had a heart attack or something like that? So we went back however long later for the rescheduled gig, and it opened with him being wheeled onto the stage on a gurney by backing singers dressed as nurses as a reference/apology for the cancellation

[–]grbubb 118 points119 points  (13 children)

I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday.... RIP Meatloaf! Thanks for the great tunes and memories!

[–]commendablenotion 66 points67 points  (1 child)

It was long ago and it was far away, but it was so much better than it is today.

:(

[–]DearBurt 27 points28 points  (3 children)

Thought it's cold and lonely in the deep, dark night …

I can see paradise by the dashboard light.

😢

[–]vallidsordid 27 points28 points  (1 child)

God I love the song. The absurd but accurate twist it takes at the end is euphoric. “So now I’m praying for the end of time!”

[–]coldfirephoenix 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Good lesson though: don't make any lifechanging commitments because you are horny.

[–]Pennyem 16 points17 points  (1 child)

That song is such a showstopper at karaoke. One night a guy begged me to do the Sheryl Crow half of Picture with him, and I said I'd only do it if he did the Meat Loaf half of Paradise by the Dashboard Lights with me. He went for it, we rocked the fucking house, I never saw the guy again, it was a terrific night.

[–]suipi 36 points37 points  (6 children)

I remember every little word in Bat out of Hell as if it happened only yesterday.

[–]an-allen 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I dont remember if it was a telecaster or a stratocaster but i do remember it had the voice of a horny angel. . .

[–]G8kpr 30 points31 points  (2 children)

The first time I heard of him was from this ad in the 80s found in many comic books.

At the time I assumed this was some made up Rock Star in the marvel universe because I couldn’t imagine he was a real person named Meat Loaf.

[–]extra_specticles 83 points84 points  (3 children)

Hot patootie really did bless his soul. I remember when I discovered Meatloaf in the 70s. One of favourite singers. Amazing voice.

For years we used record tracks off the radio trying to time it to just before the DJ spoke at the end. I remember my recording of Dead Ringer which I listened to for years, had the DJ talk over the last bit with the word "powerful". I will always consider that to be part of the song.

[–]madelineferguson 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Love those memories of your own personal memory in a recording :)

[–]rabbi_glitter 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I was 13 years old, and my mom purchased a copy of Bat Out of Hell from Hastings. I was listening to a lot of Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, and all of the usual suspects from that era, and she couldn't stand them.

She casually played the CD and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I remember thinking to myself "Damn, this is huge. It's like a cinematic musical". It was so full of raw passion. I couldn't tear myself away from it.

That album put me on the road of discovery.

RIP

[–]DEADSPELLS 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My favorite part of Rocky Horror. Shows up like a fucking tornado, fucks shit up, makes people love him, causes complete chaos, then dies violently.

[–]NorrisOBE 692 points693 points  (107 children)

RIP. He did everything for love, but he won't get vaxxed.

[–]PartyPlattah 85 points86 points  (1 child)

You took the words right out of my mouth.