Mr Loaf died on Thursday. He was two years older than me – but had lived 20 years longer and harder!!!
I was privileged to get to know him in 1991 when we introduced our new Pepsi bottling plant / business in Australia and New Zealand. Meat Loaf headlined a tour we sponsored playing private gigs for our clients, the trade, local luminaries and Government officials. I lived with him for 14 days – and nights.
Meat Loaf was part of everyone’s life – from Prime Minister to the local Postie. Who couldn’t relate to “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”?
Meat Loaf was a rugby nut – he’d played as a teenager and was an All Blacks / Wallabies fan. He was like a kid as we introduced him to the stars of these teams – and they were like kids in front of him. Rock ‘n Roll and Rugby – how lucky we all are. (And boy, could he party – we had a couple of all-nighters that rocked Auckland and Sydney.)
Spotify’s Meat Loaf playlists are on non-stop this weekend.