Meat Loaf, who underwent heart surgery after collapsing onstage in London last week, said today (Nov. 28) that doctors have cleared him to resume his stalled European tour. But the singer, renowned fo
Meat Loaf, who underwent heart surgery after collapsing onstage in London last week, said today (Nov. 28) that doctors have cleared him to resume his stalled European tour. But the singer, renowned for his theatrical, sweat-soaked shows, said the health scare has shaken his confidence.
"I've never really been nervous about going onstage, but I'm a little bit nervous," Meat Loaf told reporters in London. "I'm having a few anxiety attacks.
"I just have to talk myself into being a bit calmer when I take the stage."
The 52-year-old singer collapsed Nov. 17 during a show at London's Wembley Arena and was taken to a hospital with a suspected heart attack. He was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes an irregular heartbeat and can lead to dizziness and fainting. He had a catheter ablation, a procedure in which tissue is removed to restore a normal heartbeat, in London on Nov. 21.
The musician said he experienced dizzy spells all summer but hadn't seen a doctor. "I just chalked it up to being old," said the artist, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday.
The singer said the episode had been "pretty scary," but that the treatment he'd received when he was rushed to the state-run Northwick Park Hospital had been "spectacular."
Meat Loaf had said he hoped to resume his tour Sunday in Manchester, England, but his record company later said he'd been advised to have a few more days' rest. He now hopes to perform Tuesday in Dublin, followed by dates in other cities.
"I've literally been in bed for almost two-and-a-half weeks now, pretty much not doing a thing, so I'm not in show shape," Meat Loaf said.
He said he'd play Wembley again in January, so that fans who'd attended the shortened show would have the chance to see the full performance.
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