Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

My 'Roid Rage Hell Doomed My Last Concert; Star Tells All about THAT Show: EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

My 'Roid Rage Hell Doomed My Last Concert; Star Tells All about THAT Show: EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: GORDON BARR

ROCKER Meat Loaf has told for the first time about his gig from hell in Newcastle.

The singer has revealed he was high on steroids during his ill-fated show at the Metro Radio Arena three years ago when he stopped the gig less than an hour into it, telling everyone he was going to retire. In an exclusive interview with the Chronicle, Meat divulged he had since sacked most around him following that and he was furious fans did not get their money back afterwards.

"I have been on a quest ever since that night in Newcastle to make it up to the people," he said.

"I had a cyst on my vocal chords and the bottom line is I shouldn't even have been in Newcastle, we shouldn't have gone back into Europe.

"The managers at that time were ones who booked that and put the tickets on sale before I knew anything about it, and I would have fought them.

"They did it again to me and after that they were fired, they were gone. Everybody was gone: lawyers, managers, agents - the whole nine yards.

"We got to Newcastle and I warmed up and it was fine.

The piano player came in and I started to sing and we went to do something else and all of a sudden my voice just went away.

"We called a doctor and I said to the doctor, I'm a little hoarse and I want to be OK so can you please give me a cortisone shot. That's how you get through the shows.

"You should only get a 20cc shot of cortisone, he gave me a 100cc shot.

"100cc of a steroid will make you completely nuts. It will make you crazy. You are taking a drug and you see the pavement breaking up.

"I was in the room by myself and my assistant came back in and said 'you gave him 20cc right?', he said 'no, 100' and she started yelling at him, 'you did what? Are you nuts?'.

"I went out and it started OK but after the first couple of songs it fell apart. By the time I got to Anything For Love nothing would come out of my throat.

"I was so distressed and so distraught plus I am on 100cc of this cortisone. You know how you get people and when they get drunk they get really nasty? Cortisone will make you really not yourself, it really makes you mean, it makes you snappy. …

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