Rock legend lines up farewell date in Sheffield

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Rock veteran Meat Loaf is to play a ‘final goodbye’ to fans by performing his epic hit album Bat Out Of Hell in full for the first time at a series of UK shows – including one in Sheffield.

The singer will play arena gigs in April as part of his Last At Bat tour, featuring a set of greatest hits as well as the classic 1977 album which made him a global star.

Meat Loaf, aged 65, previously announced he was retiring five years ago, but continued to perform.

The dates have been announced as his chance to ‘bid a final goodbye to his fans’, and a publicist said they understood this was going to be his last tour.

The first act of the show will feature hits such as Dead Ringer For Love, while the second act will be made up of the seven songs from Bat Out Of Hell, one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

Since its release in 1977 the album is still third in the biggest-selling charts, having sold more than 45 million copies. It continues to sell about 200,000 copies each year.

The singer said: “I know the fans will enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together.”

The tour arrives at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena in Attercliffe on Friday, April 19.

An Arena spokesman said: “This will be a staggering 17th time Meat Loaf has performed at the Arena, having played here to more than 150,000 people along the way.”

n Tickets, priced £55 and £45, go on sale on Friday at 9am. To book, visit the venue, www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or call 0114 256 5656.