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Meat Loaf overleden op 74-jarige leeftijd

Was vooral bekend vanwege zijn ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’.
door Tsenne Kikke - vrijdag 21 januari 2022 19:17

Marvin Lee Aday, beter bekend onder zijn artiestennaam Meat Loaf, is donderdag op 74-jarige leeftijd overleden. Zijn dochters, Pearl en Amanda, en enkele goede vrienden, haden nog de kans om afscheid te nemen. Hij was vooral bekend voor zijn hits ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ en  ‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)’.

De zanger kampte de laatste jaren met gezondheidsproblemen, waaronder astma. Daardoor zakte hij op het podium in elkaar tijdens een concert in Pittsburgh in 2011 en werd hij opgenomen in het ziekenhuis. Later gaf hij een persconferentie om zijn fans gerust te stellen over zijn gezondheid. In 2016 was Meat Loaf voor het laatst op tournee. Zijn laatste album ‘Braver Than We Are’ kwam in datzelfde jaar uit.

“Zijn geweldige carrière overspande zes decennia waarin hij wereldwijd meer dan 100 miljoen albums verkocht en meespeelde in meer dan 65 films, waaronder  ‘Fight Club’, ‘Focus’, ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ en ‘Wayne’s World’.

‘Bat Out of Hell’ uit 1977 blijft een van de 10 best verkochte albums aller tijden. Wereldwijd gingen er zo'n 30 miljoen exemplaren over de toonbank. ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’, dat in de oorspronkelijke versie zo’n acht minuten duurt, is waarschijnlijk het allerbekendste nummer uit de plaat. In de videoclip is trouwens een meelippende Karla DeVito te zien, al werd de vrouwelijke stem eigenlijk ingezongen door Ellen Foley. Maar die wilde niet bekend staan als “het achtergrondzangeresje van Meat Loaf”, en dus wilde ze verder niets te maken hebben met het nummer.

“Natuurlijk was het wel even slikken toen de clip op televisie verscheen”, gaf ze later toe. “Mijn stem, maar met een ander gezicht. Velen dachten dan ook lang dat Karla DeVito de echte zangeres was, maar gelukkig weten de meeste mensen inmiddels beter.”

Later scoorde Meat Loaf nog hits met nummers als ‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ en ‘I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth)’.

Ook ikzelf heb - ondanks het feit dat ik niet zozeer van rock hou - dat altijd een fantastisch nummer gevonden...

I remember every little thing
As if it happened only yesterday
Parking by the lake
And there was not another car in sight
And I never had a girl
Looking any better than you did
And all the kids at school
They were wishing they were me that night
And now our bodies are oh so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C'mon! Hold on tight!
C'mon! Hold on tight!
Thought it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light
Ain't no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed
'Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely dressed
Ain't no doubt about it
Baby got to go and shout it
Ain't no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed
'Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely dressed
Baby doncha hear my heart
You got it drowning out the radio
I've been waiting so long
For you to come along and have some fun
And I gotta let you know
No you're never gonna regret it
So open up your eyes I got a big surprise
It'll feel all right
Well I wanna make your motor run
And now our bodies are oh so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C'mon! Hold on tight!
C'mon! Hold on tight!
Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light
Paradise by the dashboard light
You got to do what you can
And let Mother Nature do the rest
Ain't no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed
'Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely
We're gonna go all the way tonight
We're gonna go all the way
And tonight's the night...
We're gonna go all the way tonight
We're gonna go all the way
And tonight's the night...


OK, here we go, we got a real pressure cooker going here,
Two down, nobody on, no score, bottom of the ninth,
There's the windup, and there it is, a line shot up the middle,
Look at him go. This boy can really fly! He's rounding first and really
Turning it on now, he's not letting up at all, he's gonna try for
Second; the ball is bobbled out in center, and here comes the
Throw, and what a throw! He's gonna slide in head first, here he
Comes, he's out! No, wait, safe-safe at second base, this kid
Really makes things happen out there. Batter steps up to the
Plate, here's the pitch-he's going, and what a jump he's got,
He's trying for third, here's the throw, it's in the dirt-safe at
Third! Holy cow, stolen base! He's taking a pretty big lead out
There, almost daring him to try and pick him off. The pitcher
Glances over, winds up, and it's bunted, bunted down the third
Base line, the suicide squeeze is on! 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!
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?
Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?
Do you love me!?
Will you love me forever!?
Do you need me!?
Will you never leave me!?
Will you make me happy for the rest of my life!?
Will you take me away and will you make me your wife!?
I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me!?
Will you love me forever!?

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I'll give you an answer in the morning
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I'll give you an answer in the morning
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I'll give you an answer in the morning

I gotta know right now
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?
Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?
I gotta know right now!
Before we go any further
Do you love me?
And will you love me forever?

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I'll give you an answer in the morning


Let me sleep on it
Will you love me forever?
Let me sleep on it
Will you love me forever!

I couldn't take it any longer
Lord I was crazed
And when the feeling came upon me
Like a tidal wave
I started swearing to my god and on my mother's grave
That I would love you to the end of time
I swore that I would love you to the end of time!

So now I'm praying for the end of time
To hurry up and arrive
'Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you
I don't think that I can 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
It's all that I can do
Praying for the end of time,
So I can end my time with you!

It was long ago and it was far away
And it was so much better that it is today
It never felt so good
It never felt so right
And we were glowing like
A metal on the edge of a knife.

Ook een fantastisch nummer!... Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

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