Meat Loaf to play in Victoria despite health issues

What: An Evening with Meat Loaf
When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (doors at 7)
Where: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St.
Tickets: $35-$99 at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre box office, by phone at 250-220-7777, or selectyourtickets.com

 

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A cross-Canada tour by classic rocker Meat Loaf — one that has been fraught with health issues — will go on as planned, according to reports, including his concert scheduled for Saturday night at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday) collapsed on stage June 16 during a concert in Edmonton. Video footage shows the Bat Out of Hell singer falling over during I Would Do Anything for Love, bringing the concert to an abrupt close. A concert June 18 in Cold Lake, Alta, was cancelled, but Meat Loaf returned to the road for a concert Tuesday in Lethbridge. He is also booked to play Thursday in Penticton.

Meat Loaf has imposed a media blackout for his Canadian dates, so no previews or reviews of his tour are available. No further updates have been released through his official Facebook page or verified Twitter account.

The singer’s health-related issues, blamed on dehydration and asthma, have not sidelined his plans for a new album. It was announced Wednesday that Meat Loaf would reunite with his longtime collaborator, Jim Steinman, for a new album, Braver Than We Are, due later this year.

The project also features singers Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito, who have joined Meat Loaf for duets on Paradise by the Dashboard Light over the years. Steinman will play a bigger role on the new record, however.

“It’s a tribute to both of us and our work together,” said Meat Loaf, who last performed in Victoria in 2007. His show at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre drew 4,300 fans.

mdevlin@timescolonist.com

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