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Meat Loaf: "The AFL are jerks"

Gary Busey’s nemesis Meat Loaf has responded to criticism over his abysmal performance at this year’s AFL Grand Final calling the league” jerks” and threatening to warn other singers off participating in pre-match entertainment.

According to The Age, the chunky rocker disputes being paid a hefty $500,000 for his 10 minute pre-game medley, which was widely panned by fans and media alike. Addressing the incident in an interview the singer said: “I’m sorry, they’re jerks. I do not like them [the AFL]. And I’ll tell you what, anybody that I hear announces that they’re going to play for them I’m going to write to that particular artist a letter and tell them not to. And I hope the AFL hears this and I want this everywhere. Because I will go out of my way to tell any artist do not play for them.”

Meaty has blamed the AFL for his off-key performance, saying they didn’t give him sufficient time for soundcheck nor could he hear the backing music in his earpiece.

The news will no doubt come as a personal blow to the AFL’s CEO Andrew Demetriou, who is a self-confessed fan of the Loaf. In a press conference on the eve of the Grand Final Demetriou told reporters that when he was a youngster “[Meatloaf was] on constant rotation in my tape deck in the Toyoto Corolla”.

Frankly we don’t’ know what all the fuss is about, Australian sporting events have a long history of providing us with appalling game day entertainment. From Angry Anderson to Daryl Somers you can watch some of our favourites right here.

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RAMONESelaar said on the 24th Oct, 2011

I don't think I've ever been more happy to not see the pre game entertainment.


hellboy1975 said on the 24th Oct, 2011

Actually if the pre-game entertainment were this bad every year I'd watch it every time. Generally the the music is more mediocre than terrible.


TheBeatle said on the 24th Oct, 2011

the performance could have been worse...he could have shot t shirts out of giant penises.

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Napoleon Solo said on the 24th Oct, 2011

Meatloaf was pretty bad but at least he didn't come out on a hovercraft asking everyone "if they were ready to rock?" then depart without playing a note.


batdan said on the 24th Oct, 2011

sing anthem, play footy then GTFO. Its not a circus.


Thessaly said on the 24th Oct, 2011

aw, poor female singer, i bet she had a bad time keeping up with his broken voice.

ever since i saw that attack-on-gary-busey clip, meatloaf creeps me out. i half expected him to tear the band apart in the middle of performance.

hedonism gibbon

hedonism gibbon said on the 25th Oct, 2011

"pretty bad"?!?!? shit it was pathetic, billy idol maintained more integrity not playing than meatloaf has by playing


DinkiDIDude said on the 27th Oct, 2011

haha imagine if the AFL land Bob Dylan or somone next year and they pull out at the last minute after getting 'lettered' by the loaf......HANG ON THIS DUDE STILL WRITES LETTERS???????


gumbuoy said on the 28th Oct, 2011

You are! Amirite?!

^This - it's hard to imagine anyone complaining because there wasn't a show before the game. Cheerleaders will be next...


grattan said on the 28th Oct, 2011

AFL hits back on their website:

AFL CHIEF operating officer Gillon McLachlan has returned fire at rocker Meat Loaf, dubbing his Grand Final performance "absolutely terrible".

Meat Loaf was widely criticised for his pre-game MCG set, but this week shifted the blame for his sub-par effort onto the AFL.

He called the League 'jerks', and vowed to convince other artists not to appear at the premiership decider.

Among the Bat Out of Hell singer's complaints were that he did not get a chance to do a sound check, and that he couldn't hear his backing music properly in his earpiece.

But McLachlan suggested that the issue was more straightforward.

"He was booked for a national tour, [Michael] Gudinski the promoter, like promoters do, had his house and everything on the line, and the guy turned up and just couldn't sing," McLachlan told media at a briefing on Thursday ahead of the release of the 2012 AFL fixture.

"I reckon he was absolutely terrible.

"He'd done a national sold-out tour.

"He'd been touring everywhere, in fact he's still sold out all his shows, but he just had one of those days.

"Maybe he needs a particular temperature for his vocal chords to work, I don't know."

The AFL has received its share of the heat from fans for booking the American ahead of local talent.

But McLachlan at least found one positive.

He predicted that the 2011 Grand Final entertainment would go down alongside Angry Anderson performing Bound For Glory aboard a blue 'batmobile' in 1991 as one of the most memorable.

"I think it was so bad it was almost good," he said.

"It makes it like an Angry Anderson moment."


grattan said on the 6th Feb, 2012

Both NBC and the NFL issued statements about the incident. NBC said, "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late." The NFL was quick to point a finger of its own at the network in its statement: "There was a failure in NBC's delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans." NBC quickly responded, saying, "The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers."


nos235 said on the 31st May, 2012

Meatloaf going off at Gary Busey in Celebrity Apprentice is classic.


grattan said on the 26th Oct, 2012


nos235 said on the 26th Oct, 2012

BDO should have got Meatloaf for Chow Town


sarcasm_mister said on the 31st Oct, 2012