Meat Loaf talks about retirement from touring before final Scottish show

It is almost time to pack up for Meat Loaf, one of the world's most successful recording artists – but first he has one more date at Glasgow’s SECC on Sunday (April 7).

Meat Loaf is heading to Europe this month with his Last At Bat tour to say a final goodbye to his fans but is looking forward to focussing on acting in the near future.

He explained: "Mostly what I want to concentrate on is film, because I am an actor.

“I have never thought of myself as a singer in my life, I have even thought of myself as an American football player or an actor."

Asked if he will miss touring, the singer is adamant he will not. “No, I am tired of hotel rooms," he explained.

"I don't come to a show to have the audience applaud me, I come for them and their reaction and even at the end of the show when they are standing up I am still applauding them, I really appreciate it and I am glad they enjoyed it, but it is really about them it is not about me."

The singer has had his share of accidents along the way and performing is getting increasingly tricky.

"I have had 18 concussions, my knees are bad, I had one knee replacement and I will have to have the other one done, my equilibrium is off," he added.

"People expect perfection, I don't blame them, they pay a lot of money for their tickets, but you just don't recover as fast, because vocal cords are nothing but muscles.

“If you go to the gym you work out really hard, you are sore, and it takes a while to recover – the older you are the slower it is to recover, and the cost of touring is just escalating beyond belief, all the governments want to tax everything you get, it just does not make any sense."

Since its release in 1977, the seminal Bat Out Of Hell has sold more than 45 million copies and continues to sell around 200,000 copies each year.

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