The guitar player was Todd Rundgren. In reading about Meatloaf's death this morning I was surprised to learn that the female vocalist on "Dashboard" is not Karla DeVito, who was in the video. It was Ellen Foley, who went on to have her own career in music and a stint in acting, including the television show "Night Court."
Meatloaf sang three or four songs on Ted Nugent's "Free For All" album in the mid-70's when Ted and Derek St. Holmes were having a spat. Meatloaf later said that he was only paid $1,000 for the work.
Ahhhh, Todd Rundgren?
My wife was watching Meatloaf live shows just a couple of weeks ago and laughing off her chair so I had to check it out with my morning coffee.
One was clearly better than the other with very tasty and fairly advanced guitar parts, both with the same woman on vocals who was also very good.
I never saw footage of Marvin singing and the popularity made more sense with the visuals, and also seeing that live they pulled off the whole theatrics and nailed the music as well as the studio version that I heard on radio whenever that was that it was.
All surprising to me, then he's gone.
Not sure why my wife was watching either, she loves cheesy Rock but I didn't realize she liked this stuff.
By the end of the '70s I just removed myself from pop culture, more to avoid the pointy polyester collar disco thing than to avoid arena rock.
As for DeVito, her vocal on the live shows was spot on IIRC, didn't notice a difference from the album/ radio version, from memory at least.