Rocker Meat Loaf comes to Abbotsford Centre

Best known for legendary 1977 album Bat Out of Hell

Legendary rocker Meat Loaf comes to Abbotsford Centre on June 28.

Legendary rocker Meat Loaf comes to Abbotsford Centre on June 28.

Rock ’n’ roll icon Meat Loaf will perform at Abbotsford Centre on Tuesday, June 28, it was announced today.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m.

For the past 40 years, Meat Loaf has been a towering monument on the musical landscape.

His legendary 1977 album Bat Out of Hell transformed this former stage actor into one of the great American rockers. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 44 million albums worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date.

In 2013, Meat took his Last At Bat tour to Europe for a two-month run, playing to sold-out arenas, where for the first time fans got to see him perform Bat Out of Hell in its entirety.

Four multi-platinum albums followed the sophomore album, including 1993’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which sold five million in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide.

That album produced the Grammy-winning single I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), a number-one single in 28 countries, earning the honour for Best Rock Vocal Performance Solo.

Welcome to the Neighborhood went double-platinum in 1995, while 2003’s Couldn’t Have Said It Better earned platinum in 2003. Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, the third in the best-selling trilogy, nabbed platinum in 2006.

Meat has also appeared in more than 60 films and TV shows such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Crazy in Alabama, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Focus and Fight Club.

His acting even often influences what he does musically. Ever since the timeless Bat Out of Hell, Meat has approached his musical output like he would a movie.

“I interpret a song the same way I would interpret a script,” Meat says. “There are beats in a script. I try to capture the emotion of the song. The band usually has to learn to do that with me. I don’t speak in musical terms; I speak in acting terms.”

Meat got to combine all elements of his music and acting career with his year-long Las Vegas residency in August 2013.

Meat – along with a little help from some dancers, clowns and his long-time band, The Neverland Express – thrilled audiences with a fun, bombastic show that took a journey throughout his 44-year career.

Not one to slow down, Meat went straight from Vegas into the studio, where he has been working on his highly anticipated next album Braver Than We Are with longtime collaborator Jim Steinman.

Doors for the Abbotsford concert open at 7 p.m., with the show slated for 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the venue box office, ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.