Pierce's first record with Meat Loaf was 1993's Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. He's one of the guitarist on the album's biggest hit single, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)." The collaboration was such a success that Pierce did 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 do because the songs were long, the arrangements were bombastic," Pierce explained. "There were no limits, and that's one of the reasons he was so huge."
He says Meat Loaf always made a point of showing his appreciation to the musicians he worked with.
"I remember Meat and his wife sitting with me in a night club after one of the [Welcome to the Neighbourhood] sessions, and he was very heartfelt in saying thanks for the work that we had done on Bat Out of Hell II, because he was hugely successful again at that moment," Pierce recalled. "Here we were doing another record, and he was very, very grateful. I think he was that way with all of his musicians."
But the admiration was mutual. Despite his many other career successes, Pierce noted that working with Meat Loaf was always a big deal.
"When an artist as big as Meat Loaf makes music, makes records and goes on tour, he changes the lives of everybody involved. I know people that I didn't [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."