“There’s a promoter that’s interested in bringing us back [to Australia], and if we can go back, I’m going back. Not for the AFL, but I’m going back to tour and kick their ass,” he added.
No news on whether it was those touring plans or the upcoming release of a his 16th studio album Braver Than We Are album In March that so moved him, but Meatloaf soon had change of heart over the comments, taking to Facebook to pen a lengthy apology, saying he was “truly sorry.”
He explains that because Australia was the first country to break his acclaimed 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell, he feels his actions were “extremely inappropriate”.
“I can’t take it back. It happened and I am truly sorry . I have learned one lesson from now on no matter what happens or when it happens . there is only one person to blame and that is myself . Stand like a man and say I am sorry,” he wrote.
“I may never see you again and I can never repay what the people of Australia have given too me. I betrayed your trust , I Apologize for any feelings that I have hurt, My behavior was extremely inappropriate, immature, and lacked the respect for the people of Australia and the Australian football league.”
Meat Loaf’s 12-minute 2011 AFL Grand Final performance reportedly cost the AFL $600,000, but it lives on eternally thanks to the internet.
The AFL has come under fire this year, since unveiling its 2015 Grand Final performance lineup which features X Factor Judge Chris Isaak, British electro-pop star Ellie Goulding, your mum’s teenage crush, Bryan Adams, and not a single Australian act.
While, the AFL did enjoy a brief love affair with Aussie artists, including The Temper Trap and Birds Of Tokyo, in 2012 and 2013, as a palate cleanser following THAT Meat Loaf incident, they’ve taken another turn away from the local this year and music fans have noticed.
Read Meat Loaf’s full statement, and if you’re so sadistically inclined, relive his AFL performance in full, below.
Gallery: 15 Aussie Acts The AFL Should Have Booked For The Grand Final, But Didn’t
Tonight Alive: They're one of Australia's finest pop punk exports and as anyone present during their Soundwave sets can attest, they put on one hell of a show.
TISM: This IS Serious Mum. Who better to pump up a legion of footy-mad punters than seven masked lunatics singing and dancing to 'Whatareya? (You’re A Yob or You’re A Wanker)'. It’s basically the ultimate rival team sledge anthem.
AC/DC: This one’s a gimme. How could you go past the most legendary Aussie rock act of all time? Every one of their songs is basically its own sporting anthem. They’ve even got a new single actually called 'Play Ball'. Case dismissed.
Courtney Barnett: This earth-conquering Melbourne muso’s trademark ocker accent would, if nothing else, put the “Aussie” in “Aussie Rules”.
King Parrot: OK, so this would never, in a million years, happen. The Melbourne grind-thrash devils would terrify footy families to within an inch of their sausage roll-eating lives. BUT JUST THINK OF HOW AWESOME IT WOULD BE.
Shannon Noll: Nollsy is a total no-brainer. OK forget the NRL debacle, your mum still loves him just as much as Bryan Adams. Plus, he’s still a better singer than Meat Loaf and he probably owns more motorcycles.
Heaven The Axe: This Melbourne metal powerhouse – who you may or may not know as the architects of the hilarious 'Bogan Hunters' theme song- is packing one of the only Aussie female singers who can truly inflict some damage with her vocals. Heaven The Axe would inject some much-needed girl power into proceedings, but with the kind of rock n' roll ferocity that would make Ellie Goulding – and probably your favourite AFL team – crap their pants.
5SOS: Would help thousands of dads realise their teenage daughters actually have a keen interest in Aussie Rules.
Adalita: Not only does the Magic Dirt frontwoman boast one of the best voices in Aussie rock, she's also got solid AFL ties, having played the Reclink Community Cup twice now. That's two more times than Chris Isaak, btw.
Grinspoon: They're (thankfully) already reuniting for the Cold Chisel tour, what's one more show for the sake of the rest of the country? Who's up for a mass 'More Than You Are' sing-a-long?
Taxiride: THEY ARE HERE BECAUSE WE MISS TAXIRIDE AND FRANKLY WOULD JUST LIKE TO SEE TAXIRIDE PLAY AGAIN PLEASE.
Pond: Apart from being total elite musos, Pond have already shown their passion for the game with a cover of the their local team Fremantle’s theme song. Plus what better way to fire up before the Granny than a trip down the psychedelic rabbit hole?
Spiderbait: They're noted footy fiends - like they even have a song called 'Footy' - as well as being, you know, Australian rock royalty. Plus, last year Kram played as part of an Aussie supergroup in Brazil for the World Cup festivities. Maybe let's follow South America's lead on this Australia.
Stonefield: The #AFLGF is a family-friendly day and therefore needs more family bands. There's no-one better to fill that quota than The Findlay sisters aka Stonefield aka purveyors of sweet vintage rock ‘n’ roll guitar licks.
Smith Street Band: We owe one of the best moments of Splendour in The Grass to these god damn legends, who belted out their majestically titled anti-Abbott tune 'Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face' in front of this powerful banner. Now's the perfect time for the country to hear that message once more.
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