Meat Loaf to Resume British Tour
Nov. 28, 2003
LONDON (AP) _ Singer Meat Loaf, who underwent heart surgery after collapsing onstage in London last week, said Friday he has been given the all-clear by doctors and plans to resume his stalled British tour.
But the burly belter, renowned for his charged and sweat-soaked live shows, said the health scare had shaken his confidence.
``I've never really been nervous about going onstage, but I'm a little bit nervous,'' Meat Loaf told reporters in London. ``I'm having a few anxiety attacks.
``I just have to talk myself into being a bit calmer when I take the stage.''
The 52-year-old singer collapsed during a show at London's Wembley Arena on Nov. 17 and was taken to a nearby hospital with a suspected heart attack. He was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and can lead to dizziness and fainting.
He had a catheter ablation _ a procedure in which tissue is removed to restore a normal heartbeat _ at the Wellington Hospital in London on Nov. 21.
The musician, famous for epic power ballads such as ``Bat Out of Hell'' and ``I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That),'' said he had experienced dizzy spells all summer but had not seen a doctor.
``I just chalked it up to being old,'' said Meat Loaf, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday.
The singer said the episode had been ``pretty scary'' but said the treatment he'd received when rushed to the state-run Northwick Park Hospital had been ``spectacular.''
The procedure he'd received was successful in 95 percent of cases, he said.
``The cardiologist said to me 'You're fine,''' he said.
The singer said he hoped to resume his tour in Manchester on Sunday, but his record company later said he had been advised to have a few more days' rest. It said he hoped to perform in Dublin on Tuesday, followed by dates in other cities.
``I've literally been in bed for almost two and a half weeks now, pretty much not doing a thing, so I'm not in show shape,'' Meat Loaf said.
The singer said he would play Wembley again in January, so that fans who'd attended the curtailed show would have the chance to see the full performance.
Meat Loaf burst to fame with the 1977 album ``Bat Out of Hell,'' which has sold more than 30 million copies. He also has appeared in films including The Rocky Horror Picture Show'' and ``Fight Club.''
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