After cancelling two concerts earlier this week due to ill health, the singer Meat Loaf collapsed on stage toward the end of his show in Edmonton on Thursday night.
A spokesman for Alberta Health Services would not provide any information on his condition, only confirming that a man had been taken to hospital.
Video of the performance at Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium shows the singer bending over, then knocking over his microphone stand, falling to the floor and rolling onto his back.
Audience members say he had been singing his classic “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” at the time
Mikey McBryan, an ice pilot from Yellowknife, says the singer appeared to be struggling during the show while another fan said Meat Loaf “sounded terrible from the start” and it was like he “pushed through each song.”
The singer had earlier cancelled concerts in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and and in Calgary, citing ill health.
Meat Loaf — who is 68 and born Michael Lee Aday — is best known for his iconic 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell.”
He has said he suffers from asthma and from a medical condition that causes an irregular heartbeat.
His website says he is scheduled to perform Saturday in Cold Lake, Alberta, then in Lethbridge, Alberta next Tuesday before shows in Penticton, B-C on June 23rd, Victoria on June 25th and Abbotsford, B-C on June 28th.
(The Canadian Press)