Looks like the Meat is finally hitting the fan, as the original Meat Loaf is suing an impersonator for squatting on the domain name MeatLoaf.org. Dean Torkington, the frontman of ‘To Hell and Back: A Tribute to Meat Loaf’ since 1996, recently told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that the bad blood with Meat Loaf goes all the way back to 2003. I thought impersonation was the ultimate form of flattery.
After a Meat Loaf show that year, Torkington was personally invited backstage by the star, where he was “ordered” by Meat Loaf to remove the artwork from his custom-painted van that features the ‘Bat Out of Hell’’ album artwork on it.
“I got a tap on my shoulder and this guy tells me Meat Loaf wanted to see me after the show,” Torkington explained. “I went backstage and I had him and his manager having a go at me. He said he wanted all the pictures off the side of my van, and also he wanted my web address, meatloaf.org. Earlier this month I received a copy of the lawsuit posted to my home and emailed. I have every intention of defending this to protect my good name and will not be bullied in this way.” He continued, “I really don’t see what his gripe is or legally where he is coming from, I am not guilty of cyber squatting or passing myself off as him.”
After originally being a Elton John tribute act, Torkington said his transformation into Meat Loaf came after gaining weight. But after all of this controversy, Torkington has decided to go back to Elton, stating, “I’ve gone back to doing Elton John tribute acts more now as a result of all this. It’s less hassle than being a Meat Loaf tribute act any day.”
After recently losing a lot of weight, Torkington has recently lost a bunch of weight and has broadened his show into a ‘Legends of Rock’ production that includes tributes to not only Elton John but Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.