Meat Loaf wants name change
Veteran rocker Meat Loaf thinks people don't take him seriously because of his stage name
Meat Loaf has wanted to change his name for 38 years - because it makes him sound like a clown.
The 'Bat out of Hell' hitmaker - whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday - likes that his moniker stands out but worries it makes him look unprofessional, with similarities to that of a circus performer.
Discussing what his biggest challenge has been, he said: "My name. It works because people remember it, but it doesn't work because people don't take me seriously - it's like a Barnum and Bailey clown name. I've wanted to change it since 1972."
Meat Loaf first launched into the music scene the late 70s, and has performed in a number of conditions, embarrassing himself on stage "every night".
The 62-year-old rocker said: "I've gone on stage with a broken leg, in a wheelchair, on crutches. The only thing I haven't done is cut off my ear.
"My gigs are built on improvisation - I go out there and I'm like the Energizer bunny. Every night, I come off and go into the band's room and say, 'People don't ever let me do that again.' "