I’ve been listening to Howard quite a bit lately and was lucky enough to hear 3 of the greatest interviews done on the show or anywhere else. The first one was with Gwyneth Paltrow, the second was with Conan O’ Brien, and the third was just the other day with Madonna. I want to talk a little bit about that interview, but first have to mention the loss of both my favorite Wack Packer and my favorite Super Fan.
Eric “The Actor” passed away last fall, he had become my favorite wack packer on the show and his constant threats of never calling back in were some of the funniest stuff on the newer years. I laughed my ass off when Eric was on the show and will miss him dearly as I’m sure many others will as well.
Last week, co-creator of The Simpsons and Howard Stern Super Fan, Sam Simon died after a long fight with cancer. If you don’t know who Sam Simon is, google him and read about him, the man was an inspiration and will also be missed by so many people.
I had just heard Sam on the HS Wrap Up Show, joking about how he should have been dead long ago and had hoped he would keep on defying the odds.
Their deaths are a loss to the show, a loss to the world, and a loss to all who knew and loved them.
Now on to the Madonna interview…
The interview aired twice, once in the afternoon last Wednesday and again in the morning on Thursday. I listened to it the first day and it was a strange day on Howard all around. Everyone was out of whack due to starting the show so late in the day… and most of the show just seemed to be waiting for that moment for Madonna to arrive… lots of music played before coming back from commercials made the whole show seem to just float on by with not much going on, as if everyone was just waiting for Madonna. And they were.
Which remember, I’m an 80’s kid… perhaps, THE 80’s kid… so I got it, I listened in and waited myself.
Howard played some songs off the new Madonna album to get ready, and in fact seemed to genuinely like the album, from what I heard, I did too.
I’m not gonna get too much into the interview, there are places to read all that kind of stuff and really, just go listen to the interview, as well as the Conan one, man, that was a great interview… there are places to hear them, right? Plus I’m guessing most of my readers are Howard listeners, so no need to go over the interview too much other than to say they needed more time! I mean this was 20 years in the making and only scratched the surface of what they could have talked about.
Howard himself knew this, and had said early on in the show, that no mater how much time they had it would not be enough, he had so much he wanted to talk to her about.
They ended up with about an hour and a half and most of it was good stuff, but remember this is Howard and Madonna, the King and Queen of all medias coming together for the first time. They took some feeling out time, and as interesting as it was to see (hear) them be coy and skirt around each other, there was lots of stuff to get to!
But they had to feel each other out… and the interview was very much the 2 of them feeling each other out… both giving a little at times, taking at others, back n forth (in a good way) slowly getting through to a very engaging interview. Just not enough time to get to it all.
Which reminds me, when Madonna finally got there, they had microphone problems. Normally I love when this happens, I should have been cracking up as Scott and Gary stumbled over getting a mic up and working, but I just yelled at the radio, “Damn it, there’s not enough time for this shit!”
In the end both Howard and Madonna delivered. And when the time came for Madonna to go, Garry coming in to ask if they could go to commercial so they could get pictures as Howard tried to close out the show with a Madonna song and get to the off air meet and greet, was just more of how the whole show was just about Madonna and everything else on it was back ground noise.
A rare and fun Howard Stern show.