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Meat Loaf keeping a late date with fans in Bundoran, Co Donegal last night

Meat Loaf keeping a late date with fans in Bundoran, Co Donegal last night

Meat Loaf keeping a late date with fans in Bundoran, Co Donegal last night

ROCK legend Meat Loaf delighted fans in Co Donegal last night when he finally took the stage, 24 hours after he was billed to perform.

The 60-year-old Texan refused to play in the specially constructed marquee in seaside Bundoran on Tuesday night because of safety concerns.

"We just had real security issues inside, like the tent falling down on the audience and the stage falling down, and lights falling down, so yeah, real security issues," he told Ocean FM on Tuesday night.

His concerns were echoed by some fans who, although disappointed, agreed that the marquee seemed less than secure.

"I can understand what he is saying. They are still building inside," said one.

But last night security issues appeared resolved and up to 3,000 fans -- about 1,000 fewer than the previous night-- returned for the postponed opening of the Bundoran Live festival and the Irish leg of Meat Loaf's 'Casa de Carne' tour.

"He is absolutely amazing. It has been worth the wait," said one delighted fan as Meat Loaf took to the stage just before 9pm.

No stranger to Irish venues that are off the beaten track, Meat Loaf once boasted that he was the first international artist to extensively tour Ireland.

"U2 won't tour Ireland the way I toured Ireland. I spent three-and-a-half weeks playing in these barns in the middle of fields. I'd think "who's gonna come here?" and there'd be 3,000 people in the barn by showtime," he said.

Despite rain, thousands of music lovers have converged on Bundoran for the festival.

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