From a New York Times interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
When you interviewed Gene Simmons in 2002, he said some really shocking things to you, like, “If you want to welcome me with open arms, I’m afraid you’re also gonna have to welcome me with open legs.” He wasn’t in the studio with you. Do you suppose he would have been such a pig had you been face to face?
He probably wouldn’t have. I’ve had guests walk out on me but never had a guest walk out on me face to face, ever.
What’s so funny about that interview is, despite saying all those filthy things, Gene Simmons sounds so much like everybody’s Jewish grandfather from Miami.
I know. That’s what I love about Howard Stern too. On the one hand he’s so out there and so radical, but within him is this kvetchy Jewish grandfather. Howard Stern is a radio genius.
You two are perhaps the best at eliciting revealing interviews out of your subjects. What do you think the biggest stylistic difference is?