Howard anticipated this band’s visit for months. Finally, they came into the studio, bringing the entire band and a roomful of instruments. It was the day after playing SNL and Metallica just released their new movie.
They got into the criticism about selling out. Metal fans freaked when Metallica used acoustic guitars the first time, but frontman James Hetfield decided to keep them in. The band played background riffs during the interview. Howard said it gave him chills. Plus, they played live, kicking the set off with “One.” A headbanger’s dream show.
Stern tried his darndest to get Charlie Sheen to talk about his love life, but, ironically, the actor seemed shocked, or at least overwhelmed by the explicit nature of the radio host’s questioning.
He told a wild story about why he stopped bearing arms. Once, he left a small revolver in his jeans pocket on the bathroom floor. When his girlfriend, Kelly Preston, went to use the scale, she moved his jeans and the revolver fell out, shot a hole in the toilet, and grazed her leg. It made him question why he would have such a thing around.
Bree Olson shared her frustration of being brutally betrayed by Charlie Sheen. She came by the Howard Stern Show, and it seemed like the wound was still fresh. It was in 2015. Sheen’s life was spiraling in spin cycle when she talked to Stern about how he hurt her. She said Sheen lied to her.
She also opened up about Sheen’s anger issues. She felt frightened by his violent ideations when she was living with him.
Doctors gave Tracy Morgan a 2 percent chance of living after being in a massive six-car accident. In 2014 on the New Jersey turnpike, a Walmart truck driver crashed into the van he was in. His friend and mentor, comedian James McNair, was in that van too. He didn’t survive. Morgan found out after being in the hospital for two weeks.
He told Stern he was given a second chance by god. The actor sued Walmart, looking for justice, but said there is no way to compensate for that level of trauma and loss.
MSNBC’s liberal queen Rachel Maddow surprised Stern about a friendship she had with Roger Ailes, a former CEO for Fox News. Ailes had recently passed at the time of this interview, so Maddow had a chance to tell her background with him.
She asked him for advice once and she characterized him as “gracious” and “constructive.” Ailes told Maddow he wanted to hire her. He said he’d pay her a full contract, keeping her from working anywhere else, but never allow her to go on the air.