Paradise in the dashboard light

Opera singer

Heaven will be a louder place tonight after the death of American rock monster Meat Loaf, the king of power ballad.

Michael Lee Aday from Dallas, Texas made a legendary tour of Ireland in 1989 playing unlikely venues such as Conna Castle in North Cork, Neptune Stadium in Cork City and Castlebar, Mayo. Other Irish dates included Tipperary and Dublin.

Throughout his career he performed in venues all over the world, often alongside other bands in heavy metal concerts and ensemble shows where his set could be guaranteed to get people hooked. up to dance with the tall man in the sweat-soaked tuxedo.

A collaboration that made a star

Her collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman delivered an extremely impressive catalog of hits, including “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”; ‘I would do anything for love (but I won’t)’; ‘Heaven can wait’; ‘Dead ringtone for love’; ‘It’s all coming back to me now’; and “Heaven in Dashboard Light”.

But it was the title track of Bat out of hell, one of the best-selling rock albums of all time, which elevated Meat Loaf to superstardom. Like “Bohemian Rhapsody” (but longer, at nine minutes 52 seconds), critics said radio stations would not devote airtime to it.

Mojo the magazine’s reviewer described him as “the uncoolest man in the universe” to which Meat Loaf replied, “I got used to it pretty easily when the album started selling millions”. As a performer, he combined both theatrical presentation (he appeared in over 50 films and musicals) and the vocal palette of an opera singer, even clutching a large handkerchief during his performances, the trademark of Luciano Pavarotti, another great stage presence of the time.

Actor Stephen Fry, who appeared on stage and on television with him, said: “He had the quality of being both scary and cuddly, which is rare and quite wonderful.”

It’s a sad loss, but his music for all generations will be with us for as long as a karaoke machine or jukebox can work.