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.

Judas Priest Make A U-Turn & Reinstate Andy Sneap As Touring Guitarist

Judas Priest have walked back their decision to tour as a quartet following outcry from the heavy metal legends’ fans. They have reintroduced Andy Sneap to their touring line-up, just five days after announcing the guitarist would not be joining them on the road. Just last week, the band issued a statement to announce that ahead of their upcoming North American tour they would be returning as “an even more powerful, relentless four-piece heavy metal band”, signalling Andy Sneap’s departure. Sneap, who co-produced the band’s latest album ‘Firepower’, joined Priest’s live set-up after their longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton announced he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018. They also thanked Andy for all he has “done and continuing to be in the production team” for the group’s next studio album.

Sneap later released a separate statement, explaining that the band’s decision to remove him was “incredibly disappointing” but that he respected their decision. “This always was a temporary situation, and like I’ve said before, I’ll always help the band any way I can, and that applies going forward also.” Andy also released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in which he said that he wasn’t involved in PRIEST’s decision to carry on as a quartet and thanked the Rob Halford-fronted outfit for the “mind-blowing” opportunity to share the stage with one of his favorite bands. Now, making a U-turn five days after the initial announcement, Judas Priest have confirmed they will continue touring as a five-piece with Sneap remaining as touring guitarist and Tipton making appearances when he can.

“Hello metal maniacs…given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob, Ian (Hill, bass), Richie (Faulkner, guitar), Scott (Travis, drums), Andy and Glenn joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of Judas Priest together!” Priest are due to resume touring on March 4, when they’ll relaunch their US tour in Peoria, Illinois, having been forced off the road In September, after guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection onstage during the band’s set at the Louder Than Life festival in Kentucky.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: First 11 Songs Listened To In 2022

My Roshan’s Eleven first 11 songs I listened to in the New Year has been a constant thing since 2007. This year however on January 1st, I just wasn’t in the listening to music mood. Usually I post about the first 11 songs that I listen to on my Mp3 player on my system. I pick them at random or like today when I specifically selected a couple of songs because I was thinking about them. I must say that I did play some songs from Youtube. So a few days late but here is 2022’s list:

  • Cuts Like A Knife – Bryan Adams
  • One Thing – Finger Eleven
  • Hurricane Years – Alice Cooper
  • Angel Of Death – Slayer
  • Only – Anthrax
  • Islands In The Stream – Dolly Parton & Kelly Rogers
  • Winter – Tori Amos
  • Gypsy Boots – Terri Clark
  • Blood & Tears – Steve Vai
  • Paper Moon – Our Lady Peace
  • Wild Night – John Mellancamp & Meshell Ndegeocello

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a 2020 American romantic musical fantasy comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele, and starring Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Melissanthi Mahut, Mikael Persbrandt, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Graham Norton, Demi Lovato, and Pierce Brosnan. The film follows the personally close Icelandic singers Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir as they are given the chance to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. The Story of Fire Saga was initially scheduled for a May 2020 release to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 contest was cancelled, and the film was subsequently released a month later, on June 26, on Netflix.

The Story of Fire Saga received mixed reviews from critics (who praised the original music but criticised the two-hour runtime), but had a positive reception from many Eurovision fans. The film received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 93rd Academy Awards (for “Husavik”).

Learning That We’re Only Immortal For A Limited Time

Take a line from a song you love and turn it into the title of your next blog post. Let the content follow.

Since I have already done a similar blog prompt 7 years ago I am changing the song up and choosing another lyric from another great song by another great band – Rush! This line from the song Dreamline off their 1991 album Roll The Bones was, at the age of almost 16 like a blast to the brain. Ofcourse it rings true every time a relative or friend passes away but especially in your teens or early 20s when someone you know and see regularly passes away. That is when you realize that everything is not going to be the same forever.

You realize as you take a look around that you are not going to see those people again. You will meet with your family ofcourse but there will be those gaps in between where those people used to be. The same with your friends; you will see the rest of them but there is that empty seat at the table that used to be filled. And that hits you for a long time. You are made aware of your own mortality. You will not see your dog or cats again, your loved ones who have passed away again. You will miss that friend who died in an accident for the rest of your life. And then you realize that life goes on without them and that life will go on without you.

Learning that we are only immortal, for a limited time. When you are young and life is good and sweet, you do not think about dying. You do not think that you will die someday and you will not get to experience the things you like anymore. This is a powerful moment, not necessarily all sad and doom/gloom. But it lets you know that your time is limited and we need to enjoy it while we can.

Prompt from 31 December Writing Prompts at Mama Kat’s Losing It

1991

Ah, 1991. Yours truly was still a 14 year old and would only turn 15 in August of that year. I honestly believe that 1991-1993 were the best years for rock music in general, maybe because I got really into a lot of great bands and we got a lot of great music during that time. How much I played the songs in these albums you see above (the exception being Soundgarden) and enjoyed the music videos as well. Although the year 1991 is the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough, heavy metal was still the dominant form of rock music for the year.

So, Nirvana’s Nevermind, led by the surprise hit single “Smells Like Teen Spirit“, was not the most popular U.S. album of the year. That award goes to heavy metal band Metallica and their self-titled ‘Black‘ album. Runner up would be Guns N’ Roses double album Use Your Illusion I & II. Nirvana’s success was eventually followed by other grunge bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and grunge would rule the roost for a few years. Pearl Jam’s debut Ten is one of the best albums ever, while Soundgarden’s 3rd album Badmotorfinger further established them as a top rock act. Red Hot Chili Peppers’s 5th album Bloodsugarsexmagik was their big breakthrough, making them a household name.

Along with these greats you also had a debut from Ugly Kid Joe, Rush Street by Richard Marx, the awesome We Can’t Dance by Genesis, Dangerous by Michael Jackson, the breakthrough album for Mr. Big in Lean Into It, Slave To The Grind from Skid Row, my fav Van Halen album in For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, a return to more guitar driven songs and my introduction to Rush in Roll The Bones, Dire Strait’s last album On Every Street, Psychotic Supper by Tesla, No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne, Hey Stoopid by Alice Cooper, Stars by Simple Red, the massive Waking Up The Neighbours by Bryan Adams, Luck Of The Draw by Bonnie Raitt, Solace by Sarah McLachlan, Pocket Full of Kryptonite by Spin Doctors – did I miss any others?

Saxophone : Adolphe Sax’s Contribution To The World Of Music

The saxophone is a type of single-reed woodwind instrument with a conical body, usually made of brass, and where the sound is produced when a reed on a mouthpiece  vibrates to produce a sound wave inside the instrument’s body. The first saxophone was patented by Antoine-Joseph Sax in Paris in 1846.

A saxophone has a conical metal (originally brass) tube with about 24 openings controlled by padded keys; the mouthpiece is similar to that of a clarinet. Two octave key vents allow the instrument to overblow to a higher register at the octave. Except for the sopranino and one form of the B? soprano saxophone, built straight like a clarinet, saxophones have an upturned lower end and a detachable crook, or neck, at the upper end.

Sax left no historical account of his invention, which was intended for both military bands and orchestras and which may have stemmed from experiments with reed mouthpieces on brass instruments. The saxophone was a popular solo instrument in the United States about World War I and was subsequently adopted in dance bands, becoming one of the most important solo instruments in the development of swing and other forms of jazz. Its use in big bands brought changes in mouthpiece design to produce a brighter, more penetrating sound. Modern instruments are also wider in bore than early ones.

It is not widely used as a concert instrument but is quite prominent in jazz, in which it is a principal vehicle for melodic improvisation. Among the greatest jazz saxophonists have been Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane. Candy Dulfer & Kenny G are probably the most famous soloists in the pop world.