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Meat Loaf Urges Fans To Ignore ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Reissue

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Meat Loaf is railing against his former record company for issuing — what he feels — is a needless reissue of 1977’s Bat Out Of Hell. Meat posted on his Facebook page: “In June, Sony records in the UK, is trying to release another stupid version of Bat Out Of Hell only for them to make more money. For those of you who do not know, (composer) Jim (Steinman) and I get no royalties from Bat and never have. They admit they have sold 44 million (what have they really sold worldwide). Jim and I have gotten, I am serious, pennies. They have screwed me and Jim since 1981. It took us almost 13 years just to get statements. So I am asking all of you to not buy this record, to boycott this release completely. It is nothing but a greedy record company, trying to steal your money. Don’t buy, thanks, Meat and Jim. . . P.S. Spend your money and go see a great musical Bat Out Of Hell the musical.”

He went on to post: “Let me just write this, Jim and I had (have) a great 40th anniversary album planned for over a year now, with some tracks that maybe 6 to 10 people have every heard. Now these Jerks in the UK are trying to kill that release with this nonsensical release only to steal money from our fans. To Sony UK, you should be ashamed of yourself’s (sic). For giving the fans absolutely nothing new.”

Despite some well-received work over the years, Meat Loaf will always be best remembered for the 1977 blockbuster. He told us that Bat Out Of Hell has grown beyond a successful ’70s album into a full-blown cultural phenomenon: “It’s no longer about me. It belongs to you, and you create your own stories, and you create your own place in time for that record. Everything is geared so that when you hear it, you’re funneled right into that speaker, and it becomes a visual of your life as opposed to a visual of my life.”

Meat Loaf will co-star with Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates, in the 13-episode Netflix series, Ghost Wars. Creator Simon Barry explained to, “Ghost Wars is not just a contemporary homage to classic psychological horror, it’s also an opportunity to tell stories about human politics and how we shape our beliefs and lives based on our individual perspectives and biases. Science, Humanism, Religion and the Paranormal all get a seat at the table.” No premiere date has been set.”

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