Remembering Meat Loaf: Inside The Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Introduction of All Time
Well folks, it seems what has already been a heartbreaking month for the world of pop culture has somehow managed to grow more painful. Meat Loaf, the beloved musician, actor, and icon, passed away on Thursday evening, according to a statement his family posted on Facebook. He was 74.
"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," the statement read, adding that his "daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours."
Best known for his album Bat Out Of Hell, which still holds the title of one of the best selling records of all time, as well as his portrayals of Bob Paulson in Fight Club and of course, Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Meat Loaf was much like his iconic motorcycle-riding character: From the day he was born, he was trouble – in the best way possible.
But among these accomplishments and accolades including several BRIT awards and a Grammy for his performance of “I'd Do Anything for Love,” Meat Loaf also held another superlative throughout his decorated six-decade-spanning career – one of the best Saturday Night Live introductions of all time.
Back in 1978, Meat Loaf appeared as the musical guest on SNL where he was introduced by actor Christopher Lee, who took some liberties with the artist's name.
“And now ladies and gentlemen, I would like you to meet Loaf,” Lee said, sparking applause and giggles from the crowd. “Oh, I'm sorry, yes of course," the actor said after a moment, seemingly conversing with someone behind the camera. "Ladies and gentlemen, Meat Loaf!” he said, correcting himself, singlehandedly sparking an iconic SNL moment.
So folks, here's to Meat Loaf – he may be gone, but his legacy as a beloved superstar just won't quit.
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