Meat Loaf Cancels More Shows, Longs for the End of the Road

Jon Wiederhorn
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King-sized entertainer Meat Loaf (a.k.a. Marvin Lee Aday), has told the UK paper The Guardian that he’s about to stop touring for good. "I want to concentrate more on acting," he said. "That's where I started and that's where I'll finish. This time, they're not going to rope me back in."

Over the past decade, Aday, 65, has been plagued by health issues and now longs for the creature comforts of home. Just recently, he has to cancel or postpone five of his eight UK concerts. But he claims the latest one, Sunday night in Nottingham, wasn’t his fault. Just hours before he was due on stage, a post went up on Meat Loaf’s Facebook page stating, “several members of the band” were too sick to perform and the show would be rescheduled for May 20.

Here’s a rundown of Meat Loaf’s health issues to digest: In 2003 he collapsed onstage in London and was diagnosed with a heart condition that required surgery. Four years later he canceled a European tour when he developed a cyst on his vocal cords. And in 2011 he fell over onstage in London due to a combination of asthma and previous concussions. In 2012, Meat Loaf had a knee replacement operation and is reportedly going to have the other replaced as well.

Maybe his decision to return to the silver screen, has something to do the lukewarm reception to his last two albums Hang Cool Teddy Bear came out in May, 2011 and Hell in a Handbasket followed in September, but while both were loaded with guest stars, they received lukewarm reviews – unlike, say, his appearance in the 1997 movie Spice World or the 2005 flick BloodRayne. To His credit, Aday also has also acted in some pretty cool flicks. He played Eddie in 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tiny in 1992’s Wayne’s World, Robert 'Bob' Paulson in 1999’s Fight Club and Bo in 2002’s The Salton Sea.