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Meat Loaf announces farewell tour

The last time we heard from Meat Loaf he was making a rather eccentric, if not deranged, speech endorsing hapless Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He followed up his words with a dubious performance of 'America The Beautiful'. Well that worked out well. Putting political disappointments behind him, the heavyweight singer has announced a farewell tour of the UK for 2013.

Meat Loaf’s career has been pretty much a series of diminishing returns since the peerless and ludicrous brilliance of Bat Out Of Hell in 1977. That album sold 45 million copies and is third in the list of all-time best-sellers. Belatedly the 65 year-old singer has got the message that Bat Out Of Hell, written by Jim Steinman, is the album that defines him as a performer and he will perform it in its entirety at the UK shows.

"When Jim and I first came together, we couldn’t have dreamt the profound effect Bat Out Of Hell would have on both our lives," the singer said, "and the lives of our fans around the world. I know the fans will enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together."

The Last At Bat shows will be split into two halves. The first half will be a collection of hits including 'I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)' and 'Dead Ringer For Love', many of them written by Steinman. The second half will be a full performance of Bat Out Of Hell.

The tour starts on April 5 at Newcastle Metro Arena, continuing with dates at Glasgow SECC. London O2 Arena, Birmingham LG Arena, Nottingham Capital FM Arena, Manchester Arena, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. The singer has been dogged by health problems in the past, and may not want to face the rigours of touring again after 2013.

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