Longtime Meat Loaf Guitarist Pays Tribute to His Late Singer: ‘There Were No Limits’ | Q104.3
Pierce’s first record with Meat Loaf was in 1993. Bat Out of Hell II: Back to Hell. He is one of the guitarists on the album’s most popular single, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. The collaboration was so successful that Pierce made three more albums with Meat Loaf over the next 20 years.
“I had so much fun with him and he was such a nice guy. It was really, really fun music to make because the songs were long, the arrangements were explosive,” Pierce explained. “There were no limits, and that’s one of the reasons he was so huge.”
He says Meat Loaf always made it a point to show his appreciation to the musicians he worked with.
“I remember Meat and his wife sitting with me in a nightclub after one of the [Welcome to the Neighbourhood] sessions, and he was very sincere in saying thank you for the work we had done on Bat Out of Hell II, because he was hugely successful again at that time,” Pierce recalled. “Here we were making another record, and he was very, very grateful. I think he was like that with all his musicians.”
But the admiration was mutual. Despite his many other professional successes, Pierce noted that working with Meat Loaf was still a big deal.
“When an artist as great as Meat Loaf makes music, makes records and goes on tour, it changes the lives of everyone involved. I know people I haven’t known. [otherwise] know because of Meat Loaf. I went to places I wouldn’t have gone. I traveled. Meat, thank you for the honor and privilege of making music with you. Rest in peace. We miss you. We love you and I’ll see you on the other side.”