RIP Meatloaf

Meat Loaf, American singer whose bombastic rock opera “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at age 74, according to a statement put out on his official Facebook page. Meat Loaf’s agent confirmed his death to CNN. No cause of death was shared. The singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was born in Dallas.Meat Loaf’s two biggest albums — 1977’s “Bat Out of Hell” and the 1993 follow-up “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” — produced numerous hit singles, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”He also won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love.”

Meat Loaf also appeared in several television shows and films, including the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club” and “Wayne’s World.” The singer acknowledged physical problems had affected his ability to perform. But in November, he posted on Facebook that he’d had four back surgeries and would be back in the studio in the new year. his early career started in Los Angeles, when he formed his first band, Meat Loaf Soul, after a nickname coined by his football coach because of his weight. Some local success led him to be asked to joine the Los Angeles production of the musical Hair. He recorded an album with Shaun “Stoney” Murphy, titled Stoney & Meatloaf in 1971.

In late 1973, Meat Loaf was cast in the original L.A. Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show, playing the parts of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott. In 1976, Meat Loaf recorded lead vocals for Ted Nugent’s album Free-for-All when regular Nugent lead vocalist Derek St. Holmes temporarily quit the band. Meat Loaf sang lead on five of the album’s nine tracks. As on the “Stoney & Meatloaf” album, he was credited as Meatloaf (one word) on the “Free-for-All” liner notes. Meat Loaf and Steinman started Bat Out of Hell in 1972, but did not get serious about it until the end of 1974. Meat Loaf decided to leave theater and concentrate exclusively on music. Bat Out of Hell has sold an estimated 43 million copies globally (15 million of those in the United States), making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

In the United Kingdom alone, its 2.1 million sales put it in 38th place. Despite peaking at No. 9 and spending only two weeks in the top ten in 1981, it has now spent 485 weeks on the UK Albums Chart (May 2015), a figure bettered only by Rumours by Fleetwood Mac with 487 weeks. In Australia, it knocked the Bee Gees off the No. 1 spot and became the biggest-selling album of all time in that country. Bat Out of Hell has, as of December 2020, spent a total of 522 weeks in the Top 200 in the UK chart; this makes it the longest stay in any music chart in the world, although the published chart contains just 100 positions. Meat Loaf followed up with a sequel years later — “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” – which produced a number 1 hit, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” He won a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

He & Steinmen wrote several more albums before the latter’s death in April of 2021. With his first wife, Meatloaf has a daughter, Amanda Aday, a television actress. His  Pearl, who later married Anthrax rhythm guitarist Scott Ian. In 1998, the family relocated to California. Meat Loaf and Leslie divorced in 2001. He married Deborah Gillespie in 2007. the musician’s wife was by his side and his friends had been with him in his final 24 hours and it is reported on TMZ that the reason for death was Covid.

Friends : The Reunion

Friends: The Reunion is a 2021 reunion special of the American television sitcom Friends. The special is hosted by James Corden and executive produced by the show’s co-creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, Kevin S. Bright, the show’s main cast, and Ben Winston (who also directed the special). The special sees the main cast revisit the sets of the original show (such as the Friends’ apartments, the Central Perk coffee shop, and the signature water fountain), meet with guests who appeared on the show as well as celebrity guests, do table reads and re-enactments of Friends episodes, and share behind-the-scenes footage.

The special was executive produced by the show’s co-creators, Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and the show’s main cast, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. Ben Winston directed and executive produced through Fulwell 73. The special was filmed in Los Angeles, California, at Stage 24, also known as “The Friends Stage” at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, where Friends had been filmed since its second season. The filming of the reunion began in April 2021. Filming of the special was delayed twice, first in March 2020, and second in August 2020, both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arsenal 0 Liverpool 2

Liverpool reached their first Wembley final for six years as a double from “world-class striker” Diogo Jota set up a Wembley date with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. Jota brilliantly filled the gaps left by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – away at the Africa Cup of Nations – as his lethal finishing wrecked Arsenal’s trophy hopes for this season after a goalless semi-final first leg at Anfield. Arsenal started impressively, Alexandre Lacazette hitting the woodwork from a free-kick, but Liverpool struck after 19 minutes when Jota’s scuffed shot after a fine run beat scrambling Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Lacazette missed Arsenal’s best chance after the break, shooting over when clean through, but Liverpool had chances of their own and sealed their first final in this competition since the 2016 loss to Manchester City when Jota ran on to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass and lofted a precise finish over Ramsdale with 13 minutes left, the goal given by VAR after initially being disallowed for offside. The banks of empty seats at Emirates Stadium told the story of the bitter disappointment of the Arsenal fans as their night of big expectation fizzled out. The Gunners started at a high tempo but struggled to regain their rhythm after Jota’s early strike and now a place in the top four in the Premier League is their only aim this season.

There is lots of youthful promise in this Arsenal side, but the shock FA Cup loss at Championship side Nottingham Forest and now this defeat will be a deflating experience. The cancellation of the first leg meant Arsenal had the psychological advantage of the second leg at home, and hopes were high after a brilliant backs-to-the-wall performance at Anfield. Instead, they lost their way and Arsenal’s big chance came and went when Lacazette’s poor finish when clean through wasted their opportunity for an equaliser. Liverpool pounced and Arsenal once more showed that strain of indiscipline when Partey, with the game over, lunged into a nonsensical challenge on Fabinho to bring their night to a thoroughly abject conclusion.