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.
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.
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.
Robin and Howard roasted the actor who played “Star Trek’s” Captain Kirk for a full five minutes before he even entered the studio. Stern demanded to know why everyone he works with hates him. He played a clip of George Takei dissing his former castmate at a previous Stern show.
But Shatner brushed it off, claiming nothing the “Sulu” actor said is true. Stern worked hard to dig up old unflattering stories. He pressed Shatner about how much he lost in his first divorce settlement and that the proud man lived in his truck after “Star Trek” went off the air in 1969.
Howard Stern has a way of getting celebrities to share extremely private stories. When he hosted Stephen Colbert, just as the Comedy Central host was taking over the desk at “Late Night with David Letterman,” he opened up about a painful family tragedy.
His father, a dean of medicine at Yale, and two of Colbert’s older brothers died in a terrible plane crash. Colbert, the youngest of 11 children, was left traumatized from losing a father he loved deeply and his brothers. He thinks perhaps the role of keeping his mom smiling with his humor shaped his dreams of becoming a comedian.