Sitting down at the radio show with an acoustic guitar on his lap, Ed Sheeran covered Coldplay and 50 Cent, but Sheeran also talked about writing one of Justin Bieber’s biggest hits, “Love Yourself.” He talked about writing songs and sharing them with other artists. He developed a close phone call friendship with Elton John, which grew into frequent FaceTime calls.
He talked about getting a Best Song Grammy after being nominated 13 times before. He flew his parents out each time. Before he was big, he was taken in by Jamie Foxx after doing a gig at the Foxxhole on SiriusXM and recorded some of his first music.
Billie Eilish and Finneas
The success of “Bad Guy” surprised everyone in Billie Eilish’s camp. One of her biggest supporters, her mom, didn’t expect the song to get what it deserved, and neither did Jimmy Fallon, who felt it was great right away.
Billie and her brother, songwriter Finneas, played a moving performance of “When the Party’s Over.” The pair, who took five Grammys home in one night, also made up a song on the spot. Howard picked an idea, and with Finneas on keyboard and Billie improvising some lyrics about sleep paralysis, they said that’s how they do it.
Sarah Jessica Parker
This is wild. Sarah Jessica Parker got fired from “Antz” (1998). She said they got rid of her because she was a “bad ant.” In the animated film, SJP was going to voice Princess Bala. She found out later the part went to Sharon Stone.
SJP was also axed from another animated film in which she was supposed to voice a cow. The interview took place in 2017 and she also discussed how difficult it was dealing with behind-the-scenes “Sex and the City” rumors because SJP said they loved and supported each other very much.
Quentin Tarantino famously pays actors to say his lines, and his lines only, and Jamie Foxx can prove it. In a hilarious interview with the King of All Media, Foxx gives examples of working with Tarantino, plus a brilliant impersonation of the director. Foxx said that working on “Django Unchained,” he dealt with a “tyrant.”
The vibe was, ‘Do not [freak] my film up!’ The first time Foxx delivered his lines, Tarantino walked in, closed the door, and laid into the actor. It totally helped and Foxx said he would work with the tyrant, time and time again.
They started punk rock, they said, but didn’t get credit. It’s a little tongue-in-cheek because The Ramones are absolute legends in rock and roll lore. They defined punk as being about the things that matter, “Passion, heart and soul,” not anger.
Visiting in 1996, Joey and Marky Ramone announced to the Stern Show their retirement. Marky said he did not want to split up the band, but that Joey and John did. The backstory was Johnny’s political views veered too much to the right. Oh, and Johnny stole Joey’s girlfriend.