Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Would You Do Anything for Loaf? Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST YOUR CHANCE TO ENJOY FOOTY FUN WITH MEGASTAR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Would You Do Anything for Loaf? Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST YOUR CHANCE TO ENJOY FOOTY FUN WITH MEGASTAR

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Byline: GORDON BARR

MEAT Loaf fans have until midnight tomorrow to enter our fantastic auction to bid to take penalty kicks at the star for charity.

The chart-topping entertainer has agreed to help our backing of both the Maggie's Cancer Care Centre planned for the Freeman Hospital and the Toma Fund, set up to raise money for a Tyneside teenage cancer unit, as revealed in yesterday's Chronicle.

Later this month he will put himself between the goalposts at St James's Park in Newcastle.

He's long been a regular performer on Tyneside but perhaps his most memorable gig ever was at Whitley Bay Ice Rink back in 1994 - when he was joined by local lass Lorraine Crosby for a rendition of I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That).

Lorraine, from North Tyneside, at the time sporting flamboyant flame-red hair, performed, of course, on the chart-topping record too - so it was only right she should join him on stage for a hometown gig.

Lorraine once told the Chronicle her vocal for I Would Do Anything For Love, though, came about by chance.

"Meat Loaf was struggling with it. He couldn't figure out the girl's part. So they asked me to run through it, to record it as a guide for him," she said.

"I sang it through twice, and he used that as a reference to sing his part to."

Established names like Cher, Bonnie Tyler and Melissa Etheridge were put forward for the vocals, so imagine Lorraine's surprise when the final edit was hers.

She said: "I'd have loved to have re-sung it, but it sounds fine. Sometimes you capture something when you don't know a song very well.

"I did backing vocals on the album, and I thought that was going to be it. Stu did some of the arrangements.

"Meat Loaf got me a record deal from the time spent working on that album, but I could never have imagined the success of the song. It remains his only No 1 single."

Of her one-off reunion as part of Meat Loaf's national tour in 1994, she recalled: "I was all right until I opened my mouth. I really was frightened, overpowered by it all - the huge roar and cheering.

"I'm used to going on stage and just getting on with it, but as soon as I started that song, the whole place erupted. …

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