MEAT LOAF CONSIDERED HIMSELF AN ACTOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Meat Loaf thought of himself as an actor, not a singer. He said in a 1999 interview he could not sing, but the characters he played on stage could. He said he sang every song in character on every album, and he did the same in rehearsals. Meat Loaf had a successful film career, with roles in film such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club,” “Roadie” and “Wayne’s World.” He said if he had the time, he accepted nearly every role presented to him. He had one problem area with performing: extreme stage fright when it came to live television. He said after appearing on “American Idol” in 2003 that he was so scared he had no memory of it. Meat Loaf died Thursday at the age of 74.
MEAT LOAF HAD A PLAN IF HE DIED ON STAGE
LONDON (AP) – Meat Loaf had it all worked out if he should die while performing. In a 2016 interview, Meat Loaf said he told his band if he died on stage, they should play “When The Saints Go Marching In,” then “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” He joked if it was too morbid to leave him on the stage, the band was supposed to take him off the stage and play those songs anyway. Meat Loaf died Thursday, but details of his death were not given. He was 74.
MEAT LOAF’S BRUSHES WITH HISTORY
WASHINGTON (AP) – Meat Loaf used to brush off jokes that he was like Forrest Gump in being a witness to history, but he was present for two significant moments. Meat Loaf said in a 1999 AP interview he was outside Parkland Hospital in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was brought in after being shot in 1963. Meat Loaf had seen Kennedy’s plane land that day and was too shy to shake his hand when he walked by. Meat Loaf also once picked up a hitchhiker in Los Angeles who said Meat Loaf was a cat in a previous life. Meat Loaf later saw the hitchhiker’s picture all over TV and it was Charles Manson.
ELLEN FOLEY REMEMBERS MEAT LOAF
PAWLING, N.Y. (AP) – Meat Loaf’s duet partner on “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” says he was “a freak” – and she means that in a good way. Ellen Foley says Meat Loaf was a larger-than-life character at a time when laidback music like Fleetwood Mac was popular. She says who would have thought “this 300-pound-plus guy would be a star?” Meat Loaf died Thursday, but details of his death were not given. He was 74.
WEBER GRILL APOLOGIZES FOR ILL-TIMED MEAT LOAF RECIPE
NEW YORK (AP) – The outdoor grill maker Weber has apologized for sending out a recipe for “BBQ Meat Loaf” on the same day that news broke of the death of singer Meat Loaf. Weber sent the recipe Friday as its recipe of the week. Meat Loaf died Thursday at the age of 74. Weber sent an apology email, saying at the time it was unaware of Meat Loaf’s death. The company offered its condolences to his family and fans.
NICK JONAS AND PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS HAVE BABY BY SURROGATE
UNDATED (AP) – Nick Jonas is a dad. Jonas and his wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, announced on Instagram that they welcomed their first baby via surrogate on Jan. 15. They did not reveal the baby’s gender or name. The Jonases were married in 2018.
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA EXPLAINS HIS THINKING BEHIND “ENCANTO” SONGS
NEW YORK (AP) – For as popular as the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the film “Encanto” is, it has no shot of winning an Oscar. It was not submitted for consideration – but “Dos Oruguitas” was. Lin-Manuel Miranda says he wanted “Dos Oruguitas” to sound like an old folk song. Miranda says he can’t account for why “Bruno” has taken off like it has. He says with that song, he was trying to create a moment popular in musical theater where “everyone gets a little showpiece.”
“ENCANTO” RETAKES NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The “Encanto” soundtrack returns to the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. That makes its second non-consecutive week at the top after moving another 104,000 units in the past week. Last week’s number one, Gunna’s “DS4Ever,” drops to second place. “Dawn FM” by The Weeknd is in third, followed by Adele’s “30.” Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” is number five.
FUGEES CANCEL REUNION SHOWS
NEW YORK (AP) – The Fugees are calling off their reunion tour marking 25 years since they released the album “The Score.” The group says in a statement COVID-19 has made touring too difficult. They say they’re grateful for “that rare live moment” when they performed in New York in September as part of the Global Citizen Live concerts.
MURAL OF GLORIA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN UNVEILED
MIAMI (AP) – Gloria and Emilio Estefan are now looking over Little Havana in Miami. Local artist Disem305 has painted a giant mural of the Estefans on the outside of a costume shop. Their son, Navib, attended the unveiling Saturday.
DON WILSON OF THE VENTURES DIES
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – Don Wilson’s son says his dad was “an amazing rhythm guitar player” who will have a place in history forever. And few who were familiar with The Ventures would disagree. The co-founder of the band known for “Walk, Don’t Run” and the theme song for “Hawaii Five-O,” died this past Saturday at age 88. The Ventures had 14 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and sold more than 100 million records, making them the best-selling instrumental band ever. The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
BROADWAY STAR FIRED OVER AFTER MISCONDUCT CLAIM
NEW YORK (AP) – Two stars of the Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are off the show: one on leave, the other fired. The fired performer is James Snyder, who plays the title character in the show. He was cut loose in the wake of a claim of misconduct lodged by a female co-star in November. Producers launched an independent investigation into the matter and decided Snyder had to go. There’s no word what the alleged misconduct was. Meanwhile the co-star making the allegation is taking time off from work on the show.
“SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME” RECAPTURES BOX OFFICE LEAD
UNDATED (AP) – The latest “Spider-Man” movie has come off the victor in a game of Hollywood leapfrog. After spending a weekend as the nation’ number-two movie, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has made the top of the box office list its home again. It hopped past last weekend’s champ, “Scream 2,” which is now second. The $14.1 million that the new Spider-Man earned over the weekend adds to an already impressive six-week total that has pushed it up the list of all-time earners. It’s now the sixth-highest-grossing film ever. Its $1.7 billion total overall pushes it past “Jurassic World” and “The Lion King.” No Way Home’s overall gross of $721 million makes it the fourth-biggest U.S. release ever.
REGINA KING’S SON DIES BY SUICIDE
NEW YORK (AP) – Just days after marking her son’s 26th birthday, actor Regina King is mourning the loss of her only child. A statement released over the weekend says she, her family and friends are “devastated at the deepest level” over the death of Ian Alexander Jr., who took his own life. Alexander was a musician and DJ – and was often seen with his mom at red-carpet events. The family asks for “respectful consideration during this private time.”