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Meat Loaf was a man of many talents (Picture: Dimitris Legakis/REX/Shutterstock/Channel 4)
Throughout his career, Meat Loaf – whose real name was Michael Lee Aday – showcased his stunning vocals on a number of iconic songs from his albums, from Bat Out Of Hell, I’d Do Anything For Love and You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth.
He also played a variety of memorable roles in films throughout the years, from Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show to Bob Paulson in Fight Club.
As well as his talent, Meat Loaf was known for his huge personality, which he played up to when he made TV appearances, featuring on shows such as Bo’ Selecta! and Saturday Night Live.
Here are some of the entertainer’s funniest moments.
Meat Loaf’s singing interview on Bo’ Selecta!
Warning: the following clip contains strong language.
What better way to make an interview memorable than by breaking into full, operatic song?
In TV series Bo’ Selecta!, which aired from 2002 until 2009, comedian Leigh Francis played a character called Avid Merrion, a celebrity-obsessed stalker who would track famous people down.
On one occasion, he managed to bag an interview with Meat Loaf – which quickly descended into chaos.
At first, Merrion was the one who began singing, as he asked Meat Loaf if he fancied Dannii Minogue.
‘No! I just want to sell her underwear on eBay,’ the singer belted back in perfect tune. Who knew anyone could beat Francis in the eccentricity stakes?
Livening up the golf course
Let’s be honest – golf can often be quite a mellow sport in comparison to other activities.
So when Meat Loaf took part in the The All-Star Cup in 2006 playing for Team USA, the crowds knew they were in for a lively treat.
While Team Europe ended up winning the trophy in the end, Meat Loaf and his teammates put up a good fight, playing alongside individuals including Aidan Quinn, Alice Cooper and Michael Johnson.
On Friday’s Good Morning Britain, following the news that Meat Loaf had died, Ben Shephard – who presented the golf tournament on ITV2 – recalled a funny moment he experienced with the singer.
Meat Loaf and Chris Evans shared a moment on the golf course (Picture: Dimitris Legakis/REX/Shutterstock)
‘It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life, Meat Loaf was playing, Alice Cooper was there, Bruce Forsyth – it was an amazing experience,’ he said.
‘On the 18th hole, Meat Loaf got on the buggy, they’ve Bat Out Of Hell playing out of the back of the buggy, he’s singing Bat Out of Hell to all of these fans on the sides of the 18th hole at Celtic manor. It was one of the most remarkable moments.’
An unlikely comedy duo
One might not think to pair Stephen Fry and Meat Loaf up as a stand-up duo.
But – lo and behold – the combination turned out to be comedy genius.
Fry shared the clip of himself with Meat Loaf during an episode of the TV series Saturday Live in the 1980s while paying tribute to the late singer.
‘I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf. Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century,’ he wrote.
Watch, enjoy… then watch again and again.
Meat Loaf’s cameo in Spice World
The Spice World movie is all sorts of iconic in its own right, but it was made even more so by the fact that Meat Loaf played the band’s bus driver, Dennis.
Not only did he rock his performance, but the manner in which he was cast in the film was also an incredible story, as he ended up bagging the role following a light-hearted joke.
In one scene in the film, Dennis is arguing with the band’s manager about the fact that the toilets have broken down on the bus, when the manager – played by Richard E Grant – asks if he can fix them himself.
‘Listen – I love these girls, and I’ll do anything for them. But I won’t do that,’ he replies. Classic.
Bringing The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Saturday Night Live
One of Meat Loaf’s most memorable roles in film was as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, who meets a gruesome end when he is murdered by Dr Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) in a fit of jealous rage.
In 1981, the pair starred in a sketch on American skit show Saturday Night Live titled Tim And Meat’s One-Stop Rocky Horror Shop, which parodied officially licensed merchandise for the film.
From The Official Rocky Horror Show Water Pistol to The Official Rocky Horror Guide Book, the co-stars tried to flog all sorts of products – even promoting Rocky Horror Toast.
We’d eat it, to be honest.
Eagle-eyed viewers might have also spotted Eddie’s motorcycle jacket in the background.