Meat Loaf announces goodbye tour

Meatloaf has announced his retiring tour Credit: Andy Kropa/AP/PA

Rock veteran Meat Loaf is to play a "final goodbye" to fans by performing his epic hit album Bat Out Of Hell in full for the first time at a series of UK shows, starting in Newcastle.

The singer will play arena gigs in April as part of his Last At Bat tour, featuring a set of greatest hits as well as the classic 1977 album which made him a global star.

Meat Loaf, 65, previously announced he was retiring five years ago but continued to perform.

The dates were announced as his chance to "bid a final goodbye to his fans", and a publicist said they understood this was going to be his last tour.

The singer said: "I know the fans will enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together."

The tour calls at:

  • Newcastle Arena - April 5th

  • Glasgow SECC - April 7th

  • O2 Arena, London - April 10th

  • LG Arena, Birmingham - April 12th

  • Capital FM Arena, Nottingham - April 14th

  • Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield - April 19th

  • Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff - April 21st