Well, this is shitty. Obviously for the person it happened to, but it’s also a little shitty for the audience as well. Nobody should be denied the raw operatic power ballad emotion of the legendary Meat Loaf.
TMZ says that 68-year-old Meat Loaf collapsed on stage at a show in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada last night. It all happened during an encore performance of “I’d Do Anything For Love.” Meat Loaf just sort of lays his mic stand down (always such a goddamn gentleman, that Meat Loaf), and rolls onto the floor. A bunch of musicians and roadies then rush to his side. And as you can see from the video below, it was a really awful, crappy moment for everyone involved.
— Sean Amato (@JSJamato) June 17, 2016
Rolling Stone says Meat Loaf was rushed to an Edmonton hospital, where he’s currently listed in “stable and in good condition.” His rep added that he’s “responsive and recovering well” and that his collapse was due to severe dehydration. Meat Loaf hadn’t been doing well all evening. An audience member tells AP that Meat Loaf was “forgetting words” and wasn’t “on cue.” Maybe he went to the West Edmonton Mall earlier that day and was all fucked up from riding the Mindbender? Riding a roller coaster inside a mall will do that to you.
Before his collapse last night, Meat Loaf had to cancel two previous shows for health reasons, but didn’t get specific on what those “health reasons” were. He’s scheduled to perform another show in Alberta on Saturday night.
See, this is why it’s so important to stay hydrated. I know it sucks to be running back and forth to the bathroom all the time, but you’ve got to drink that water. Meat Loaf, don’t worry – the audience loves you. They won’t care if you have to stop twice in the middle of a long-ass song like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” to take a piss. If it means hearing the whole song, they’ll be cool with a couple bathroom breaks.