Citing health issues, Meat Loaf has announced that his upcoming UK tour — appropriately titled the Last at Bat Tour — will truly be his last.
“This is really it … I just don’t want to travel anymore,” the 65-year old Meat Loaf (real name Marvin Lee Aday) told Reuters. “I outweigh (Mick) Jagger by about 100 pounds,” he joked. “That counts for something. He hasn’t seen the wear and tear.”
However, he’s also working on a new album, titled “Brave and Crazy,” with producer/songwriter Jim Steinman, the man behind the first two of his classic “Bat Out Of Hell” albums, by far his most popular to date. There is currently no scheduled release date for what will be 13th studio album.
Meat Loaf canceled a 2007 European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal chords. In 2011, he collapsed onstage during a concert in Pittsburgh. Although he bravely finished the gig (after spending several minutes on his back) he announced he’d fainted because of his asthma. Last year, he underwent knee replacement surgery, which he’s still recovering from.
The eight-gig tour starts Friday, April 5 at Newcastle’s Metro Arena. On tour, he says he’ll fill the first half of his sets with hits from across his career. In the second half of each set, he’ll play his beloved 1977 album “Bat Out Of Hell” from start to finish.
Although this tour will be his last, Meat Loaf claims he wouldn’t rule out performing live again, perhaps in Las Vegas, according to Reuters.
Here are the complete Last At Bat tour dates:
April 5: Newcastle, UK (Newcastle Metro Arena)
April 7: Glasgow, Scotland (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre)
April 10: London, UK(O2 Arena)
April 12: Birmingham, UK (LG Arena)
April 14: Nottingham, UK (Capital FM Arena)
April 17: Manchester, UK (Manchester Arena)
April 19: Sheffield, UK (Motorpoint Arena)
April 21: Cardiff, Wales (Motorpoint Arena)