Lots of artists wanted to make music with him, but Billy Joel is not a collaborator. He paired up in a rare move with Cyndi Lauper in “Code of Silence,” the only co-writer he ever worked with. Writing music for the Piano Man legend is difficult. He suffers while writing songs but loves when it’s completed.
By 2021, he stopped writing lyrics, preferring music in its abstract form. His last album came out in 1993. Amazingly, he was only 15 when he signed his first contract. He regrets not being able to see Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock. The sanitary conditions were too disgusting, so he left.
“Parks and Recreation” funny lady Amy Poehler joined Howard Stern back in 2014. She talked about her divorce from Will Arnett. The former SNL comedian also got into her date with John Stamos.
She did not actually know if it was a date, but the two went out not long after her marriage went south. Poehler told the self-proclaimed, “King of all Media” that she could not get over how attractive the “Full House” star is. He had a part in a movie she was making, and he asked her if she wanted to hang out, but she was never sure if it was a real date.
One of James Taylor’s best moments was being in the studio while The Beatles recorded “Revolution” and other tunes from The White Album. One of his worst moments was running into John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, outside the subway station. The “Fire and Rain” singer said he was creeped out by Chapman’s demeanor – babbling, eyes dilated, and crazy-looking.
He spoke to the man for a few seconds. He remembered hearing him mumbling something about “John.” As he returned to his place in the famous Dakota building, he heard five shots ringing out.
Talking about projects Ben Stiller had passed up, Stern wanted to know which one Stiller regrets the most. It was an easy answer. The prolific actor/director replied, “Good Will Hunting.”
Stiller laughed at himself, recalling how he let his ego get in the way. When he got the script, he scoffed that the two young actors wanted to play the lead roles. As a director, he mused, only he gets to do the casting. He made fun of his hypocrisy that it’s okay for him to get attached to writing, but not Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
He went to The Actor’s Studio and has won accolades for acting and directing, including making the Oscar-winning movie “Silver Linings Playbook.” He and Jennifer Lawrence’s chemistry came out in that film. They work together great, but Cooper emphasized the point that the two would never be a couple.
When he visited the show, he was promoting “Burnt.” But he also got into it about voicing Rocket Racoon in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Stern confronted him saying he heard Cooper would not do Rocket for the second “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but Cooper said that was untrue.