This interview took place before Gavin Rossdale’s life imploded. Before Gwen Stefani uncovered his… let’s call it his side hustle. Instead, in 2014, he gushed about meeting Gwen when her band No Doubt was opening for his. As the frontman for Bush, all he could see was Stefani, despite thousands of his cheering fans right there.
Rossdale said it was love at first sight. He called it magic. Stern brought up the death of rock and roll and Rossdale agreed, saying it could not be in a darker shadow. Yet, he said it’s never really dead because the next album could revive it.
Talking to the Howard Stern Show in 2019, Whoopi emphasized, again and again, how great it is to have a gig like “The View.” It’s a great day job with a major network. He complimented her on her Oscar-winning performance of the past, commended her for “The Color Purple” and “Ghost.” She has the honor of the rare EGOT, after all.
Nevertheless, he pressed her, wondering why she doesn’t do high-caliber work like that anymore. She told him that she would, but no one is knocking. But when Stern asked about the drama with Rosie O’Donnell, she only said infighting is just for publicity. ABC likes the publicity.
The first time Lady Gaga visited the Howard Stern Show was in 2011. She let him in on a lot of the meanings behind her songs. She sang “Edge of Glory” and said that it’s about her grandfather but also about knowing that we may not reach glory until after we are dead.
She sings, “...Live life on the edge, halfway between heaven and hell... let’s all dance in the middle of purgatory.”
Rock ‘n’ roll is dead. Lenny Kravitz and Howard discuss the shocking revelation. This was several years ago, and Kravitz suggested rock might have some life yet lingering, but admitted, “It’s in ICU.”
Back when the heart of rock and roll was still thumping, Kravitz said he called Madonna and told her he has her next No. 1 song. She listened to “Justify my Love,” and recorded it immediately. It was banned on MTV for being too provocative, so Madonna brilliantly sold videos of it at all the major record stores. It was Kravitz’s first No. 1 hit.
Stern kicked off the interview with Russell Brand asking about the time he took homeless people into his lavish estate. Russell found it funny because, really, he was hosting his manager, who happened to be without a home at the time.
Brand is a self-proclaimed “egomaniac and [...] narcissist,” so he tries to move toward his caring side by doing kind things. Once, Brand told Howard and Robin, he really did take in a homeless person. Partly because he wanted to prove that people are people, only lacking a home makes someone homeless.