At Rocks Off, we know a thing or two about interviews, for better or worse. Most of them go pretty good, alright, nothing special. Someone has something to promote and we want to talk to them and then it goes up, people read and enjoy it, and we all go about our lives. It's a pretty rare and special occasion that an interview will live on beyond that.
It does happen though. Sometimes interviews live on in infamy because they're so damn crazy, weird, or otherwise awkward that they provide entertainment long after everyone has forgotten why the celebrity was being interviewed in the first place. Those special disasters continue to capture all of our imaginations because if there's anything America loves, it's seeing a celebrity break down or blow up in public.
For the sake of that, I compiled five of the most disastrous interviews with musicians of all time, and, thankfully, none of them were done by anyone on the Rocks Off staff.
5. Tom Waits Tom Waits has given some bizarre interviews, including one which briefly became internet famous due to Waits' resemblance to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Credit where it's due though, interviewer Don Lane was a professional the whole way through.
The disaster here, then, was when Waits decided to promote his last record Bad as Me with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The future Tonight Show host Fallon has done well for himself in the Late Night seat, but he showed his youth in conducting interviews in this one where he practically breaks down because he's so starstruck interviewing Waits. Waits plays it off decently, guiding Fallon through it, but it's clear how ridiculously nervous Fallon is to be in his presence and it ends up being terribly uncomfortable.
4. Billy Bob Thornton Whatever you do, don't refer to Billy Bob Thornton as an actor when he's doing an interview as a musician. Billy Bob Thornton is a serious musician with a serious band, and you will not mention his other career.
The Q radio show on CBC found that out the hard way when Thornton's band the Boxmasters appeared and host Jian Ghomeshi briefly referred to Thornton's acting career in his introduction of the band. Apparently Thornton had instructed them not to bring that up and after it is mentioned, he refuses to answer questions until he finally simply blows up and has a fit over the whole thing.