x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Meat Loaf to quit touring

The American rocker said his current European tour will be his last.

After more than 35 years of touring, the American rocker Meat Loaf is quitting the road.

Meat Loaf said his Last at Bat tour, starting in Britain this week and heading through Europe, would be his last, after he has struggled with health problems in recent years.

While other ageing rockers such as The Rolling Stones are returning to the lucrative tour circuit, Meat Loaf said he has had enough. "This is really it. I just don't want to travel anymore," the singer told Reuters TV. "I outweigh [Mick] Jagger by about 100 pounds and that counts for something. He hasn't seen the wear and tear."

Meat Loaf, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, cancelled a European tour in 2007 after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. He then sparked further fears for his health in 2011 when he collapsed on stage. He later blamed the blackouts on past concussion injuries and his health issues on asthma. Last year he underwent a knee replacement operation from which he is still recovering and he is due to have an operation on his other knee shortly.

Meat Loaf said his health was "fine" but it was important to be able to perform to your best. He is currently working on his 13th album, titled Brave and Crazy.

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