Rock icon Meat Loaf has deep Connecticut connections
Meat Loaf, the singer who collapsed on a stage in Alberta, Canada Thursday night, has deep Connecticut connections.
Born in Texas 68 years ago as Martin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf had lived in Connecticut for decades. He performed numerous shows across the state from large arenas to small venues like the Pinecrest Country Club in Shelton and Toad’s Place in New Haven.
Off the stage, he was also a girls baseball coach in Stamford, Westport and Redding.
In recent years, Mr. Loaf (as the New York Times has called him) performed at Mohegan Sun, singing his classic over-the-top melodrama of anthems like “Bat Out of Hell” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” After his late 1970s successes, Meat Loaf had a number of comebacks, the biggest being the 1993′s against-the-odds comeback, “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell.” To this day, he has a devoted following in Europe and is worth an estimated $25 million.
From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Loaf lived on Orchard Drive in Redding, according to a Lexis database search. Other Connecticut residences included Beach Road in Fairfield and Eagle Drive in Stamford.
Meat Loaf’s daughter, Pearl Aday, who was born and raised in Stamford, is also a singer. A graduate of Long Ridge Elementary School in Stamford, Pearl Aday sang in her living room with friends in mock girl groups. Later, as a student at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, she joined the school choir and performed in musicals. In 1994, when she was just 19, Meat Loaf invited her on tour as a backup singer, effectively promoting Aday from scarf courier to member of Neverland Express, Meat Loaf’s touring band.
She traveled with her dad for several years and in 2000, hit the road with Mötley Crüe as a backup singer and dancer on the band’s Maximum Rock Tour. Aday joined her father and mother on tour across the U.S. and Europe. She even took center stage in a gold jumpsuit during her father’s concerts, delivering a different colored scarf to him for each song. (There was always a black one for “Bat Out of Hell,” she said). Six years ago, Pearl Aday performed at the Seaside Tavern in Stamford.
Mr. Loaf’s coaching career
Meat Loaf was also a baseball coach in Connecticut. According to a Sports Illustrated article, his managerial career began in Stamford in 1981, when he coached one team and sponsored another in the same Little League division. “The latter team went by the sponsor’s legal name, Meat Loaf, which was also the name of his band.,”according to the article. “Coach Meat also made history by drafting the first girl to a Stamford Little League team. ‘And to make a point,’ he says, ‘I drafted her first.’
“Next he coached girls’ Pony League softball in Westport., and in 1990, after the family had moved to Redding, he volunteered to coach first base for Pearl’s freshman team at Joel Barlow. When the squad needed a head coach for the ’91 season, Meat Loaf signed on. Practices and games had to be shoehorned between Meat Loaf’s musical engagements, but the team had a coach.”
Scheduling difficulties, forced Meat Loaf to sideline coaching with his daughter’s Redding team. “I only coached three games ,” he told SI, “and all of them were won or lost by only one run. That’s 21 innings of such close ball. We should have won them all! I kept telling the team that it was my fault and not theirs, that I had made coaching mistakes.”
Many people were aware that Meat Loaf was living in Connecticut. In 1998, a man who has repeatedly posed as a musician in a famous rock band was arrested after offering to buy a $1.2 million house and give the local YMCA $500,000, police said. Police say he tried to pass himself off as the keyboard player for rock singer Meat Loaf, who lived in Redding.
In recent years
After moving from Connecticut, Meat Loaf lived in several California homes in Malibu and Beverly Hills.
Meat Loaf is worth $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The web site says his “Bat Out of Hell” trilogy still sells 200,000 albums a year. “Meat Loaf faced some initial difficulty establishing a steady career especially within his native U.S. However, he has kept his iconic status all over Europe, irrespective of his illness and drug abuse that worked against him from time to time. In addition to his music career, Meat Loaf also carved out a screen career appearing in over 50 movies and television shows.”
In recent years, Mr. Loaf (as the New York Times has called him) performed at Mohegan Sun singing his classic over-the-top melodrama of anthems like “Bat Out of Hell,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” After his late 1970s successes, Meat Loaf has had a number of comebacks, the biggest being the 1993′s against-the-odds comeback, “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell.”
Meat Loaf will forever be tied to the bombastic melodramatic 1977 rock of “Bat Out Of Hell,” a collaboration with writer Jim Steinman that spawned “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise by the
Dashboard Light” and “You Took the Words Right Out of my Mouth.” He never saw that kind of success again - until he re-teamed with Steinman for 1993′s “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell.”
In 2003, Meat Loaf collapsed at Wembley Arena in London and was admitted to a hospital where he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White-Syndrome and underwent a cardiac procedure. In 2011, medics rushed to his aid during a concert in Pittsburgh, but he got up and finished the show. The singer said he suffers from asthma and from a medical condition that causes an irregular heartbeat.
This spring, Meat Loaf announced a release date for a new album and an extensive tour of Canada, returning to a busy schedule after a string of health scares. The 68-year-old singer said his album “Braver Than We Are” will come out in September. “Braver Than We Are,” will be his first work since 2011. The album will also reunite him with Steinman.