Meat Loaf abandons Tyneside gig

ROCK legend Meat Loaf was forced to abandon a big Tyneside concert after taking ill on stage.

The American singer, best-known for his trilogy of Bat Out Of Hell albums, walked off after less than an hour of last night's show at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, leaving thousands of fans disappointed.

The 60-year-old, who was blighted by health problems during his last world tour three years ago, is in the middle of a mammoth European tour which began in Manchester in May.

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His live shows, known to be lavish productions, usually last about two and a half hours.

Meat Loaf is due to play in Birmingham on Friday, followed by Manchester, Nottingham, London and Cardiff, though there was no word from the singer's camp tonight over whether the shows will take place.

One fan who was at the 35-a-ticket concert said: "He didn't sound good all night, and his backing singers had to carry him through one song, which he was struggling to finish.

"After about 50 minutes of his set he finished a song and just walked off, then there was an announcement saying he couldn't continue.

"One or two people were muttering about it as we left the Arena, but if the guy's ill he's ill and there's nothing you can do about it."

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