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It's a mystery why Meat Loaf, a uniquely American singer with a uniquely American name, has gained vastly more recognition outside his native country than within it. That same brand of mystery doesn't exactly apply to, say, David Hasselhoff.

When Meat Loaf, known to some as Michael Lee Aday, comes to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, he'll bring with him more than 30 years of hard-rock success. The artist's latest album, "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose," comes more than 10 years after the second in the immensely popular "Bat Out of Hell" series. The first in that series vaulted Meat Loaf to international fame and remains his best-selling record of all time, having chalked up more than 37 million sales worldwide.

More cult sensation than arena-rock dynamo, fans are likely to recognize Meat Loaf as much for his music as for his unforgettable appearance as a hard-rocking motorcycle gang leader in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and later as the bullish but sensitive Robert Paulson in "Fight Club." His more memorable songs include "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" and the sprawling anthem "Paradise by the Dashboard Light."
Meat Loaf comes to Darien Lake at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets -- $39.50 to $59.50 reserved, $25 on the lawn -- are available through Ticketmaster.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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