Young James Corden receives life advice from Meat Loaf in resurfaced footage

goss 25/01/2022

"Never give up".

That was the advice a young James Corden received from singer Meat Loaf in a resurfaced TV interview originally recorded in 1995.

The interview, originally from Good Morning With Anne and Nick and republished by BBC Archives this week, shows a teenage James Corden in his first television interview with the legendary singer at a hotel restaurant in London.

James, who at the time was in a band, asked the 'Bat Out of Hell' singer "What advice would you give to me?”

“The one thing you gotta do, you always do the best you can do," Meat Loaf said to him. 

And you never give up and never quit.

Meat Loaf, also admitted during the interview that doing press and promotion for his music made him 'real tired' like banging his head against a table. However, Meat Loaf gave James Corden a beautiful answer when asked what keeps him going through the less-enjoyable press commitments.

"You. Because as grumpy as I might be before I come down here, when I get down here because the people that I generally talk to and meet are always pretty interesting."

"As much as the interviewer wants to find out about me, I'm just as interested finding out about him or her," he said.

Meat Loaf was 74 when he died this week, after falling "seriously ill" with Covid-19 as reported by TMZ. The singer was survived by his wife and two children, who were said to be at his side when he passed.