The pop star shared her bonding moments with other female musical artists. She is very close with Joan Jett, and she tattooed a message Yoko Ono sent to her on her shoulder: “I’m proud of you, Yoko.” Dolly Parton is Cyrus’ godmother.
She’s also tight with Stevie Nicks who calls the younger singer “Smiley Baby.” Cyrus was really touched when Nicks allowed her to use her song “Edge of Seventeen.” She says Nicks gave permission to use any of her songs. While in the studio, she covered several tunes including Led Zeppelin and Courtney Love’s song “Doll Parts.”
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.
Daltrey talked about his contentious relationship with The Who cofounder Pete Townsend. Townsend wrote songs and played guitar while Daltrey only sang. The dueling egos exploded in a fight on stage once. Townsend went after Daltrey with a guitar, and Daltrey knocked him out cold. Crazy time.
The Who’s definitive song “My Generation” was written by Townsend. Roger Daltrey had trouble reading his handwriting and stuttered out the lines like, “F-f-f-f-fade away.” They were making fun of stuttering, but it stayed on the track.
Anna Nicole Smith
She said she loves the paparazzi. Her lawyer and companion Benjy was with Anna and kept Stern at bay with some of his crude questions. She was a bit on the heavy side at the time, and Howard, whose comedy isn’t above body shaming, struck again. He literally told her to weigh herself.
She talked about waiting for the settlement from her dead ex-husband’s estate. Stern wanted to know how it was intimately with her 90-year-old husband. Benjy objected, but she said he was very happy.
Eddie Vedder joined Pearl Jam in 1990. He had been discovered by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Jack Irons. His connection also found him recording with Chris Cornell’s Temple of the Dog. They released the single, “Hunger Strike,” in duet. Cornell was already established in the grunge scene with his band Soundgarden.
Howard asked Pearl Jam’s lead man about the loss of Cornell. Sadly, Vedder said his death in 2017 came on the heels of losing his youngest brother a year earlier. Vedder said it took concerted effort to not let the double loss drag him into a really dark place.