The A-1 commercial with Meatloaf singing is awesome! As soon as I saw that Meat Loaf street address I got goosebumps! I really laughed out loud when he started singing after tasting A-1 steak sauce on his, er, meatloaf. Way to go A-1! I have not tried your sauce on meatloaf, but now I probably will. That is the sign of a really good commercial. Here is a link to it on youtube. I wonder though how many people realized that the singer’s stage name is Meat Loaf? Here is a link to Meat Loaf’s official fansite.
I first became aware of the singer Meat Loaf in 1979. My high school buddies convinced my mom to let me go with them to the Roxy Movie theater in Hollywood at midnight to see some weird movie called The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I didn’t understand what I was getting myself into, but boy did I have fun that night! I loved the singer Meat Loaf as the rebel horror movie victim, Meatloaf. I brought my mom with me the next weekend, to see his performance again!
For the uninitiated: The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released in 1975, and already by 1979 it was a cult classic. To this day, screenings of this movie are stilll audience participation performance art events. Everyone dances the Time Warp in the aisles. Audience members dress as their favorite characters. There is squirting of squirt guns to re-enact rain, throwing of rice to re-enact a wedding, throwing of toast to, hm, well, you just have to be there. Here is the official fansite of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where you can find an audience participation event near you. Some of the movie cast members you might recognize are Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry.
A few years later, in the 1980s, the singer Meat Loaf came out with the hit song that A-1 used in this commercial, “I Would Do Anything for Love, (but I Won’t Do that).” As soon as I heard him start singing, I knew it was Meat Loaf. My husband and I cleared the dance floor at his cousin’s wedding, dancing to this song! I guess my singing it at the top of my lungs didn’t help matters much. It’s the type of song that makes a singer really want to join in, though. I think A-1 chose the perfect song for this commercial.
Somewhere along the way, I found out from other fans that Meat Loaf first became famous on Broadway, in the original cast of the musical Hair. Talk about singable music! Hair was one of the albums that I played so much that I wore it out. I wish I could have seen Meat Loaf in Hair.
Now that this A-1 commercial has brought Meat Loaf back to light, I Googled to see if there has been news of him lately. On September 9, 2009 Newsday posted an interview with him about his recent role in the Hallmark Channel’s original movie “Citizen Jane”. On September 26, 2009 con vs icon reports that rocker Meat Loaf will headline at the fall 2009 Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp in Beverly Hills and Hollywood, California.