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Meat Loaf Says Bad Back Prevents Him From Singing

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Meat Loaf has opened up about his absence from the music scene in recent years and says a back problem has prevented him from singing. The 70 year old opened up about his myriad health issues during a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

"You use everything to sing, and I just cannot do it," he told Rolling Stone in a new interview, before insisting that he planned to keep fighting. "From how I grew up, that's where I learned to be tough and to never stop. I mean, I'm tough as nails. Once I was hit in the head with a pool cue and just turned to the guy and said, 'You just made a big mistake.' Got hit in the head with a whiskey bottle. Had my head slammed into a locker. I've had 18 concussions. And nothing, nothing has ever put me down. Yeah, man - I never go down." Still, he noted, "my back is driving me crazy. But then I'm probably a little crazy anyway, because of all the concussions."

He also said his longtime songwriting partner Jim Steinman is also suffering from poor health:

"He doesn't want me talking about his health, but I'm worried about him," he said. "My dream was never to be a rock 'n' roll star. I wanted to play professional football. … When people call me a legend, I say, 'Don't call me that, I'm not a legend.' I don't pretend to be one. I want to be just a normal human being."

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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