Lots of musicians have made crazy claims over the years (Metallica suggesting their Lou Reed collaboration didn’t completely suck, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine boasting healing powers) but few can top this: Meat Loaf reveals he has talked to ghosts.
In a long and wide-ranging interview about his new Hell in a Handbasket album with the UK’s Shortlist Magazine, Meat (as he insists on being called) says he has communicated with spirits in the afterworld for years.
The magazine notes that the ace musician/actor (see Fight Club, Rocky Horror Picture Show) has had several near-death experiences over the years and asks, “Did you ever see ‘the light’? Did your life flash before your eyes?”
Meat Loaf answers: “Nah, I’ve never seen that stuff. But I believe there’s something when you die because there are ghosts. I’ve seen them, I’ve been around them. Some are just energy left behind, and some are intelligent.
“I’ve had conversations with them using a K2 meter, which lets them answer 'yes' or 'no.' I chased one across the room once. And when we were making Bat out Of Hell I saw a blonde girl in a white dress. I went downstairs and told the guys, ‘There’s a groupie up on the balcony,’ and they go, ‘How would she get up there?’ Everybody went up and no one was there.”
Well, there you have it, rock fans. While you were busy wondering what, exactly, Mr. Loaf wouldn’t do for love, Meat was busy communicating with the not-quite-deceased. Or as the members of Journey calls them, “fans.”
It’s worth noting that in the same interview, Meat admits he’s led a fairly virtuous life largely free of rock star excess and drug and alcohol (ab)use which would seem to make his ghost claims more believable.
Meat says: “I never was Steve Tyler or Ozzy [Osbourne]. I tried drugs, but I don’t really drink. I get horrific stage fright, so I have a shot of tequila to calm my nerves, but that’s three hours before I go on. I despise the taste of beer. I don’t like vodka, don’t like Scotch. Champagne makes me want to gag. I’ve never been that clichéd rocker.”
No argument here. But hates vodka? I shudder to think…