Trivia: Meat Loaf

  • Actor Allusion: He once guest-starred in an episode of House playing a guy named Eddie.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Several close aversions. His weight and improper singing techniques are infamously non-condisive to his bombastic performing style, which puts enormous strain on his heart. During one concert, he had to be rushed to the hospital after a particularly brutal performance of "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" which caused his heart rate to skyrocket to nearly 300 BPM! On another tour, he'd have an oxygen mask hidden backstage to be used whenever he felt lightheaded.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • The band on Bat Out of Hell is a veritable supergroup, including Todd Rundgren on guitar (who also produced and co-arranged the album), Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band on piano and drums (both of whom would also return on the following album, Dead Ringer; Weinberg would make it as far as Midnight at the Lost and Found), and Edgar Winter on saxophone.
    • The title tracks on Dead Ringer and Bad Attitude are duets with Cher and Roger Daltrey respectively.
    • Bad Attitude featured songwriting and Blind Before I Stop featured vocals from John Parr (the St. Elmo's Fire theme song guy).
      • Additionally, Blind Before I Stop was produced (and features additional vocals) by Frank Farian, the pop impresario behind Milli Vanilli.
    • Bat Out of Hell II featured an appearance from Nelson (remember them?) on background vocals, and the return of Todd Rundgren and Roy Bittan.
    • Welcome to the Neighborhood featured a fairly noteworthy appearance on one track from both Sammy Hagar and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band.
    • One of the new tracks on The Very Best of Meat Loaf featured fellow Steinman collaborator Bonnie Tyler.
    • Couldn't Have Said it Better, originally planned as a retirement album, featured the obligatory guest appearances from people who had worked with Meat earlier in his career, including Todd Rundgren.
    • Bat Out of Hell III features guitar work by John 5, Steve Vai, and Brian May, as well as duets with Jennifer Hudson and the aforementioned Marion Raven, to say nothing of the ever-present-on-a-Bat-project Todd Rundgren.
    • Hang Cool Teddy Bear includes a track with vocals by Kara DioGuardi and Hugh Laurie playing the piano, a duet with Jack Black, further appearances by May and Vai, as well as Justin Hawkins on lead guitars and a song penned by Jon Bon Jovi.
    • Hell in a Handbasket includes songwriting, production, and rapping by Lil Jon, songwriting and rapping by Chuck D, and vocals from John Rich (replaced on the international versions by Trace Adkins) and Mark McGrath.
  • Never Learned to Read: Despite his theatrical singing style, he's never had a singing lesson in his life. It's taken it's tole on him in recent years.
  • One of Us: He's a self-admitted theater/musical geek. It shows.

  • Michael Bay directed the music videos for the singles from Bat Out of Hell II.