“Bat Out of Hell” is getting all kinds of Broadway buzz. Star Andrew Polec described what he called one of his most nerve-wracking moments: meeting Meat Loaf himself. “I called him Mr. Loaf but he said he prefers to just go by Meat,” Polec told Broadway.com. “As soon as I got into the car with him I was like, ‘You are such a big inspiration in my life. You’re my rock-and-roll hero.’ He put up his hand, as if to calm me down, and said, ‘I’m just a regular, ordinary guy who loves performing these songs and giving them as gifts to the audience.’ He’s even cooler than I thought.”

Meat Loaf, who was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2012, has garnered major attention for his over-the-top theatricality and rocking music. Songs like Paradise by the Dashboard Light have been covered and revisited by fans. In 2015, Meat Loaf (originally known as Michael Lee Aday) returned to Preston Hollow to receive one of the TJ High School Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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