The fans attending the 65th MLB All-Star Game that took place at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania witnessed a virtuoso performance by American musician Meat Loaf.
Meat Loaf had been invited to sing the American National Anthem, "The Star-spangled Banner" on the July 12, 1994, and his rendition of the song touched his audience deeply.
The Grammy-Award winning artist took the stage accompanied by the 1994-1995 Penn State ROTC Color Guard and delivered a breathtaking performance that is considered definitive 20 years later, and garnered more than 600.000 views when it was posted on Youtube by MLB.com.
Meat Loaf who is known for his powerful, operatic voice was accompanied by the 1994-1995 Penn State ROTC Color Guard and delivered a heart-stopping rendition that had his audience in tears.
In the video, the camera films the faces of the opposing team's players, and their emotion is clear on their faces.
Meat Loaf's performance was powerful and emotional, and devoid of the usual vocal "tricks" many singers use when singing the challenging composition.
Meat Loaf, 70, was born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas and in 1966 he formed his first band, "Meat Loaf Soul."
The name was derived from his nickname from his football playing days when the coach called him "Meat Loaf" because of his weight.
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The singer who is one of the most successful singers of all time with over 80 million albums sold, revealed that he is a shy man in his personal life, and his boisterous stage personality does not extend into real life.
Apart from his music, Meat Loaf is famous for his work in film. He has starred in over 50 movies and television shows but his most notable performance was as Eddie in cult movie, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
The national anthem of the United States takes as lyrics a poem written on September 14, 1814, by a lawyer and amateur poet called Francis Scott Key.
Key was inspired to write the poem after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy.
The sight of the flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as "The Star-Spangled Banner" flying triumphantly above the fort after the US won a decisive victory inspired him.
The poem was set to the tune of a popular British and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner." An extremely complex composition with a range of 19 semitones, the anthem is known for being very difficult to sing.
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