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Sammy Hagar Joining Meat Loaf For 35th Anniversary Of ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Cleveland Concert

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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Sammy Hagar announced today plans to join the celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Bat Out of Hell at the State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare on October 24.

Sammy will join Meat Loaf on stage for a special appearance that night. Tickets ($75, $59.50, $47.50, $39.50) are on sale now via Livenation.com, the venue box office, or charge by phone (216) 241-6000.

Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies. After more than 30 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.

Released on October 21, 1977 on Cleveland International Records, the album would become one of the best-selling in the history of recorded music, having sold more than 40 million copies worldwide – 14 million of which are in the United States. Head of Cleveland International Records, Steve Popovich pushed the parent label, Epic Records, to get on board and make a radio and promotional push for Meat Loaf’s major label debut. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and features the compositions of Jim Steinman. Appearing on the album are Rundgren, E Street Band members Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan, Edgar Winter and members of Rundgren’s Utopia – bassist Kasim Sulton, keyboardist Roger Powell and drummer Willie Wilcox.

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The album’s success can be partially accredited to three singles that were able to crack the Billboard Hot 100 Charts in the US – “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” (#39), “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” (#39) and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11).

Meat Loaf will make his return to Cleveland just three days after the albums official 35th anniversary with a scheduled date of October 24th at the State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. He will celebrate this Anniversary with featured guest appearances by several musicians who have provided major inspiration to his career. However, the man who helped launch Meat Loaf’s career will not be in attendance, as Cleveland’s beloved Steve Popovich passed away June 8, 2011 at the age of 68 following heart complications.

A portion of every ticket sold will benefit both The Steve Popovich Legacy Foundation and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum education activities, which reach audiences from toddlers to senior citizens and give students and teachers alike a deeper understanding of the impact that rock and roll has made on our society. The programs are conducted on-site at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as in classrooms across the world, via distance learning technology.

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