Meat Loaf is reportedly scheduling a series of shows that will add up to what's being billed as "his first extended series of tour dates in two years."

As of now, the tour consists of six shows — beginning Oct. 23 in Temecula, Calif., and concluding Nov. 19 in Englewood, N.J. — that a press release refers to as "initial dates" in what's presumably going to end up being a significantly longer run. This should come as a welcome development for fans who worried for Meat's health after recent rumors suggested he'd been forced to pull out of plans for summer shows — and for those still under the impression that his retirement from touring, announced in 2012, was still in effect.

"As a performing artist, being in front of a live audience is a feeling you can't get with anything else," enthuses Loaf in the press release announcing the dates. "The adrenaline you feel when the fans are singing along with the words to your songs, combined with their loyalty, is an amazing feeling. After all, I didn't start yesterday, and they've been with me every step of the way."

The new shows will presumably come in support of Meat Loaf's new album, Braver Than We Are, which he's been working on with longtime collaborator Jim Steinman. Earlier this year, he signed a record deal and announced a fall release for the LP, which is described as an attempt to "round out" his recording career.

Meat Loaf Fall 2015 Tour Dates
10/23 - Temecula, Calif.
10/28 - Dallas, Texas
11/03 - Detroit, Mich.
11/11 - Westbury, N.Y.
11/17 - Bethlehem, Pa.
11/19 - Englewood, N.J.

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