The incredibly stupid Meat Loaf stars in this incredibly stupid movie as a redneck shit kicker who gets chosen to be a roadie for concert promoter Don Cornelius. He gets to meet Hank Williams Jr., Roy Orbison, and Blondie, but all he cares about is this jailbait groupie played by the chick from Porky’s. All she cares about is boning Alice Cooper and The Loaf sets out to help her on her quest.
Meat Loaf is kinda like an Idiot Savant in this movie (with a heavy emphasis on the “Idiot”) as he can cobble any old thing together and make it part of the stage show. At one point when the promoter doesn’t pay the electric bill, Meat Loaf goes to a nearby field and gets a bunch of cow flop and turns it into methane energy so he can keep the lights on. (This guy would’ve cleaned up in Bartertown.)
That part was kinda funny but most of Roadie is just too annoying for words. The jokes are awful, the performances are grating, and even the rock stars look like they don’t want to be there. And for a movie that’s purportedly about rock n’ roll, the music is rather sucky. There’s one scene where Blondie does a cover of “Ring of Fire"; although the IDEA of Blondie doing a cover of “Ring of Fire” is infinitely cooler than the finished product.
The reason Roadie is borderline unwatchable (it took me three days to successfully get through all of it) is because of Meat Loaf. Now he was capable of giving a good performance in his later years (anyone who’s seen Fight Club or Black Dog can tell you that), but this was back when he didn’t know his ass from his elbow when it came to acting. Christ, I’d rather watch that “I Would Do Anything for Love” video of his over and over in a two hour loop than be subjected to this turd again.