FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Meat Loaf collapsed Thursday night due to severe dehydration near the end of his concert at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. He was admitted to a nearby hospital to undergo routine tests. His vital signs are stable and normal — additional tests are being performed but he is responsive and recovering well. He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery. Any concert postponements / rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Original story (9:45 a.m.): Rock veteran Meat Loaf collapsed during a gig at Edmonton, Canada's Northern Jubilee Auditorium on Thursday night. “He was performing ‘I Would Do Anything For Love,’ and all of a sudden in the middle of it he collapsed right on stage," concertgoer Lindsay Sundmark tells the Edmonton Journal. "We weren’t sure at first whether it was part of the act or it was something for real."
The 68-year-old "Bat Out of Hell" singer canceled concerts in Calgary and Moose Jaw earlier in the week, citing illness. The BBC reports he is now "stable and in good condition," adding that the man born Marvin Lee Aday also collapsed onstage in 2003 and 2011. The latter incident was attributed to an asthma attack, and he finished the show.
Another fan, Mikey McBryan, told the Associated Press that Meat Loaf had been showing strange signs during the Edmonton concert. "It was him forgetting words, he wasn't on cue, but it was forgivable. We're all loving it and going crazy, and then it just took a turn for the worst."
Evidently Meat Loaf once told USA Today that he imagines he will die onstage and has plans for it:
"If it's too morbid to leave me lying there, then they'll take me off, and the band will play 'When the Saints Go Marching In.' Then the piano player will play 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game,' and the band will get everybody to stand up and sing. Even if I'm dead, the show's going on."
Watch Meat Loaf discuss his Las Vegas residency in an old school Fuse interview: