Meat Loaf has Died

“Rest in peace my soul brother, soul music blood brother,” said Ted Nugent, who collaborated with Meat Loaf on the 1976 album Free-For-All album. “A great man, great American rock solid in the asset column of the American Dream,” Nugent continued, “The wonderful Meatloaf force of nature will be with us forever.”

If you haven’t heard the track “Hammerdown” from off the Free-for-All album, then get your ass somewhere where you can blast it. It’s one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time (Nugent’s guitar solo is smoking). Check out the whole album. Meat Loaf wrote half of it.

Meatloaf in 1978

Meat Loaf’s career and legacy is there for all to see. I won’t cover that in this essay. As you might have guessed, they’re making a thing about Meat Loaf and COVID. Apparently that’s what got him. At this point, they’re “unsure of his vaccine status.” With these people, right now, everything must be wrapped in the COVID narrative.

Okay. Since it’s on the table. Let’s go down that road. For, as it happens, they have given freedom-lovers a platform to celebrate the spirit of life Meat Loaf exuded in the midst of a campaign to stop us from living. Who is “they”? The purveyors of pandemic. The authoritarians.

Meat Loaf recently shared Eric Clapton’s anti-lockdown song “Stand and Deliver.” They’ve worked hard to cancel Clapton and Meat Loaf wasn’t having any of it. Meat Loaf also came out against masks, saying they’re useless, which of course they are. In an interview with the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Meat Loaf describes a situation at an airport where a “Nazi” (his word) screamed at him: “Get a mask on now!”

“They’re power-mad now,” Meat Loaf told the interviewer. After the interviewer replied, “Oh, God. We’re being controlled by everybody,” Meat Loaf responded, “Yeah, I know. But not me. If I die, I die,” adding, “I’m not going to be controlled.”

Was Meat Loaf afraid of COVID? At that age, given his health situation, he’d have to be. And he said as much. But a full life was more important to him. “I hug people in the middle of COVID,” he told the interviewer; “they cannot continue to stop life because of politics. And right now they’re stopping because of politics.”

That’s the spirit. Life is not merely existing. Life is about being alive—and being alive means not being controlled by irrational fear and corporate state policy.

Wrap that in your COVID narrative.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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