Dorset fans of Meat Loaf have paid tribute to the American singer after his death at the age of 74.

The rocker, who became a global star with hits like Bat Out Of Hell and I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), died with his wife Deborah at his side.

While the star himself has performed in the county at the Bournemouth International Centre, Weymouth has attracted numerous Meat Loaf tribute acts over the years.

Dorset-based Terry Nash is acclaimed as one of the top Meat Loaf tribute acts with his powerful voice and stage presence. He even appeared on TV's Stars in Their Eyes in 1996.

Such is Terry’s desire to be as accurate as possible, he even duets with his daughter Arianne on I Would Do Anything For Love, just as the real Loaf has done.

Terry has come a long way from his days in London as an engineer and electrician.

Speaking to the Echo in 2016 ahead of a tribute show at Weymouth Pavilion, he said: “It was the days before karaoke so I used to get up and sing with bands that I knew in pubs just for fun. It was suggested I entered Stars In their Eyes, I managed to get on the show and secured an agent and I’ve never looked back."

For those who did see Meat Loaf himself perform in Dorset, it was a memorable experience.

One fan said: "This was the music of my youth.

"I went to see him at the BIC about 10 years ago. It was a fabulous show playing all the old favourites that people wanted to hear.

"Thank you Meat. I'll be playing Bat out of Hell at full blast tonight just for you. R.I.P."

Another concertgoer said Meat Loaf was 'on top form' when he played the BIC 'years ago'. "He started off with Bat Out of Hell which lasted 22 minutes, but only seemed like two. As they say, 'Thank you for the music'. My personal favourite is Heaven Can Wait."

Another tribute performer who brought the sound of Meat Loaf to Weymouth was Jerry Hollis.

Jerry, who performed the Dead Ringer from Hell show at Weymouth Pavilion in 2007, said at the time of his idol: "He sings of the dreams of the common person in a hyper-real way. He sings of motorbikes and women and love in the biggest sense of the word." New York-born Jerry added: "Meat Loaf's music crosses the generations.

"The audiences that come to my shows are aged anything between 15 and 60, they are real family events.

"I think his music strikes more of a chord in the UK than it does in the US for some reason."

And with tribute concert Meat Loaf - Hits Out of Hell lined up for Weymouth Pavilion on August 26, 2022, fans are sure to come flocking to hear the global star's many hits once again.