CHER ON STEVE WRIGHT's "THE BIG SHOW" BBC "Radio 2" (UK) -- Monday, April 26, 2004
ON THE BIG SHOW: On Monday's Big Show, Steve and the team talk to musical diva CHER and top football pundit John Motson. Plus all the latest entertainment news, the factoids, the astrology and the Big Quiz.
And, we can listen to it on our computers!!!!
"The Big Show" with Steve Wright is on from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. UK time on BBC "Radio 2"...
If I did the time zone conversion correctly, people in the U.S. can listen to it at these times:
Eastern time zone: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central time zone: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mountain time zone: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific time zone: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
(If I did the conversion wrong, please let us know...)
To listen to the radio show on the Internet, go to this website:
Thanks for that Dann would you believe i'm here in the UK my shift at work on monday starts at 2pm till 10pm no radio at work and only get to use computer in break and that's 6pm maybe i'll phone in sick
Post by CherUniverse on Apr 26, 2004 8:58:02 GMT -5
For anyone online now, it is presently 9:07 am in my centeral time zone and I have the radio show on right now and we haven`t missed Cher yet. They announced her she`d be coming up later on. Here is the link for the broadcast. www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2.shtml
Post by Susanelizabeth28 on Apr 26, 2004 9:37:19 GMT -5
I THINK I was able to record it. The problem is I'm not sure how to edit it to just the interview and put it up. At least I have it and we can get it figured out (Unless someone who really knows what they are doing taped it , then I'm sure they will be able to get the clip up long before I will figure it out) ;D Susan
When asked about her tour, Cher said that it really is her final tour... The DJ said, "I bet that in five years, you'll probably come back and do another one"... and Cher said, "in five years, I'll probably be in an old age home!"
When asked what is the secret for her good looks, Cher said, "Two reasons: I'm very immature, and you should see my 90-year-old grandmother! She still goes to the gym. For her 90th birthday, she said she wanted collagen in her lips. She goes to church looking for a boyfriend, but she says that they all dress weird."
I loved it when the DJ asked Cher if she thought that she has "led the way" for people like Madonna and Christina Aguilera.... Cher said, "well, I could just lie and say that I didn't... but yea, I did." LOL! Cher then said that Tina Turner is the only other female who's been working as long as she has, "but I've been more naked than Tina!"
The DJ asked Cher if she considers herself the "Mistress Of Reinvention", and Cher said that she prefers " Dominatrix Of Reinvention "... She said that the word "mistress" is so dismissive... LOL!
Cher then said that the reason she "reinvents" herself is because she gets so bored... "the people in Europe don't know about the Sonny & Cher Show, but I used to wear five different wigs and twenty outfits on each show, so the people in the US know that I am pretty bizarre and have a weird sense of humour."
She then was asked if she likes Britian, and Cher said she does because it's the "first place I was ever famous"... then she talked about how she used to live in Wapping ( "before it was cool to live in Wapping" ) in an old rum warehouse above a pub. The DJ asked Cher if she took the Metro (subway) to get around, and Cher laughed and said, "No, but I used to rollerblade around there." Cher did say though that someone else owns it now, but the DJ said, "well, I'll see if the new owners will rent it out to you while you're here, and I'll even get you a pass for the Metro so that you can get around." Cher laughed and said, "Get me a cabbie's license, and then I can drive you around." LOL!
When asked if she still thinks of Sonny, Cher said that her family recently had a get-together to celebrate Mother's Day and her mom's birthday... Cher said that she was going to be in Europe then, so they celebrated it early... Cher's mom got Cher a Mother's Day present -- it's two stuffed bears hugging each other, and if you press their fingers, they sing "I Got You Babe" to each other... She thought it was really cute.
The DJ asked Cher what she thought of "American Idol". Cher said, "It's crap... it's dumb." And when she was asked what she thought of Simon Cowell, she said, "I don't think he's much of anything..."
Last Edit: Apr 26, 2004 13:26:03 GMT -5 by BostonQ
Post by Moonstruck4Cher on Apr 26, 2004 12:02:19 GMT -5
Thanks for posting that Dann! That was great!!
I think I just drove about everyone crazy this morning at work trying to get that to work on my computer. OMG....Cher's on the radio & I'm missing her!!!!!! LOL!!! OMG.... I can't get this to connect!!! They are telling me it's because of the firewall we have here at works. OMG.... and tell me again WHY you have this thing...cuz I don't want it on my computer when Cher's on the radio!!!!! LOL!! Yeh, I think I managed to drive just about everyone crazy!! LMAO!!
Post by cherfanjoann on Apr 26, 2004 15:30:06 GMT -5
Dann, Thanks a MILLION for telling us about this. I heard every word, although I can't remember much of it at all! LOL It was a wonderful interview... Steve Wright:"What are you wearing right now?".....Cher: (discussion about sweatshirt and having just been working out... "I'm not wearing any underpants..." VERY funny stuff! They had a nice talk. REALLY glad that I caught it. I have no idea how I could have recorded it... maybe if I'd been at home - my new supercomputer has a TiVo built in... Thanks Again!!!!!! P.S. Also just really enjoyed hearing the whole show! JoAnn (St. Louis)
a fist is just a hand, it can come apart... love one another!
Post by Susanelizabeth28 on Apr 26, 2004 19:49:46 GMT -5
Great! Thanks for the info Dann (And the great description from earlier today). I was hoping someone who actually knew what they were doing would put the interview up ;D Cher might have been back touring the states before I got it online. Susan
Here's the full transcript of the radio interview that Cher did (via telephone) with DJ Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, April 26th:
Steve: Good afternoon!
Cher (with a British accent): Good afternoon!
Steve: How are you?
Cher: I’m okay. I’m a little hoarse.
Steve: [laughs] I don’t think so… not from this angle.
Steve: So, you’ve got a little bit of a bad throat, have ya?
Cher: No, I just have an allergy.
Steve: Ah, it’s an allergy. Yeah… What caused that then?
Cher: [laughing] The air quality in Los Angeles!
Steve: Alright. Well, just don’t go out – just stay in. Now listen, what color is your hair at the moment, and can you describe what you’re wearing right now?
Cher: Alright. Well, my hair is my normal hair – it’s just black and long.
Cher: And I’ve got a sweatshirt on that says “BROOKLYN”, and then I’ve got a little t-shirt on under that…<br> Steve: Right.
Cher: Then I got some very snazzy sweatpants…<br> Steve: Wearing anything leather?
Cher: Just my boots! I’m wearing big, black, leather, thigh-high… [laughs]
Steve: Oh, say some more!
Cher: I just came from working out in my bad workout clothes.
Steve: Oh, even better.
Cher: I don’t have any underpants on though, if that makes ya happy! [laughs]
Steve: Oh, my God… you’re gonna have to stop. I’m gonna have to go away and come back…<br> Cher: [laughs]
Steve: So, anyway… Listen, the thing is… Is this tour… I was watching you on….
Cher: YES, IT IS! It’s the LAST tour…<br> Steve: No… What you’ll probably do is like go away for five years, and then comeback after five years… or something like that.
Cher: No, in five years, I’ll be in an old age home.
Steve: [laughs] I don’t think so. The last time I saw you, it was down at “The Lottery Show”, and you were on it that day. I was just down there with my kids because I know a few people down there, and you were on. And, as usual, you just looked like you were about 22 years old, and I know there’s talk that you might have had some work done…<br> Cher: It’s mass hypnosis!
Steve: I know, I know… you knew what I was going to say… But, apart from any rumours, what is the secret of your good looks and your youthful appearance?
Cher: First of all, I’m very immature. And secondly, you should see my 90-year-old grandmother!
Cher: I’m not kidding! She still goes to the gym. I asked her what she wanted for her 90th birthday, which we just celebrated, and she wanted collagen in her lips!
Steve: [laughs] And a biker boy!
Cher: Yeah! She went to church looking for a boyfriend, and she said they dress terribly.
Steve: [laughs] That’s funny! So here you are. Look, you’re in the fifth decade of your career. I’m a bit of an America-phile, and I know your work, and I know you from the ‘50s and ‘60s and all of that because I’m quite old myself.
Cher: Wait a minute! I was in school in the ’50s!
Steve: [laughs] Sorry, I didn’t mean it like that – it came out wrong…<br> Cher: [laughs] Alright.
Steve: But thinking back to the old TV shows that you used to do, and I saw that TV special you did recently in America, and I’m thinking you’re just so comfortable on television. You’ve been known to the American public and to the world for five decades. Do you think that you’ve kind of led the way for people like Madonna, and Christina [Aguilera], and Britney [Spears]?
Cher: Oh, I could just pretend I don’t think I didn’t… but yea, I did! Tina’s [Turner] the only person I know that’s as old as me that’s still working… but I was more naked than Tina.
Steve: Oh, yea…<br> Cher: So, that was just something that… It was a hard job, but it was one I chose to do.
Steve: But also, your style is like… you’ve been the “Mistress of Reinvention”…
Cher: I like to think of myself as the “Dominatrix of Reinvention”…
Steve: Oh my goodness.
Cher: A “mistress” is so dismissive, ya know?
Steve: [laughs] Yeah. No, that’s not what I meant… You’re showing them the way. You’ve shown these people the way and how to do it…<br> Cher: Yea, okay… It didn’t come out of real, concentrated effort. It’s just that I get so bored. And also, the people in Europe really don’t know about “The Sonny & Cher Show”, and on “The Sonny & Cher Show”, every week I had like five different hair colors and twenty different outfits. In America, people know that I have a really weird sense of humor, so that’s why I think I’m so comfortable here because I pretty much can say anything and they just know that I have this bizarre sense of humor. Like, somebody called me and said, “oh, ya know, we saw The Farewell Tour, and in it, ya know, you say mean things about JLo, and Christina Aguilera, and Britney.” And I went, “no, I didn’t.” Well, I mean, of course, yea, I did, but it’s just tongue in cheek, so get a hold of yourself.
Steve: The tour is coming to Europe, so… [reads UK tour dates] You like Britain, don’t you?
Cher: Yeah, I do. I mean, it was the first place I was ever famous, and I lived there in Wapping before it was popular and cool.
Steve: Did you?
Cher: Yup. I lived in a rum warehouse.
Steve: Good God. I didn’t know that.
Cher: I lived in a rum warehouse over a pub.
Steve: Yeah? And you used to get the Tube into the West End?
Cher: Nope, don’t be ridiculous! There’s only so far I can go.
Steve: [laughs] Did you come up on the bike? [laughs]
Cher: No. [laughs] No, but I used to do my rollerblading around there.
Steve: Oh, very, very cool. What about acting? Because I know that you’ve gone back to acting – you’re in a movie at the moment, in fact, aren’t you?
Cher: Yeah. I did a movie with The Farrelly Brothers and Matt Damon called STUCK ON YOU about these conjoined twins – one’s older and one’s younger.
Steve: Yeah… Why didn’t you when, in the early ‘90s, you had that blast of making some more movies, did you not want to stay just as a movie star?
Cher: Ya know, I did three movies in a row, I did an album, and then I did a tour, and then the movies came out so I had to go all around the world, and then I got the Academy Award… and then, I just pretty much fell apart for awhile. I got really, really sick and couldn’t work for two years.
Steve: Tell me about Sonny because you two weren’t really estranged. You were close all through your life, weren’t you?
Cher: Yeah… I mean we used to fight all the time and it didn’t make any real difference. We never fought when we were married, that’s the strange thing… I just always gave in. But, afterwards, we would fight, but, ya know, it didn’t make any difference. On the day that we got divorced, and we walked out [of the courthouse] and they want to take a picture – he kisses me, and sticks his tongue down my throat!
Cher: That was him. He was just nuts. I would visit him. I would go stay at his house.
Steve: Were you surprised, I mean, having been in the partnership and on with you for so many years, were you surprised he wound up in politics?
Cher: I wasn’t surprised that he wound up in politics at all. I was incredulous that he became a Republican! I just couldn’t imagine that.
Steve: And you miss him?
Cher: Well, yeah. We were just talking about him the other night because when we were celebrating Mother’s Day and my mother’s birthday because I’m not gonna to be here, so my Mom brought me this hysterical thing. It was two [teddy] bears, and they’re hugging, and you have to press one of their little fingers, and they sang “I Got You Babe” to each other.
Steve: That’s cute… that’s brilliant.
Cher: I have dreams about him, ya know? It’s, like, really weird – he just kinda hangs around.
Steve: Alright. What do you think of the whole “American Idol” thing?
Cher: Oh, I think it’s crap!
Steve: Do you? Why?
Cher: I just do. I think it’s just dumb!
Steve: Do you not like Simon Cowell?
Cher: Well… I didn’t think he was much of anything.
Steve: [laughs] That was almost a trick question, wasn’t it? [laughs] The UK leg of Cher’s Farewell Tour begins in Glasgow on May 11th, and visits Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, and London… So, you’ll be coming over in a couple weeks time. Will you be going back to Wapping at all, or not?
Cher: I don’t know. Somebody lives in my place.
Steve: [laughs] Do you want me to see if I can rent it out for you while you’re over here?
Cher: [laughs] Yes.
Steve: I’ll go and check it… I’ll get you a ticket for the Tube as well, if you want to get around a bit.
Cher: [laughs] Okay.
Steve: See ya when you get here.
Cher: Give me a cabbie’s license, and I can drive you.
Steve: [laughs] Look everybody, ladies and gentlemen, it was CHER on “Radio 2” on “Steve Wright in the Afternoon”…[clapping] it was Cher everybody!
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2004 11:54:59 GMT -5 by BostonQ
Hey Dorothy! Glad u made it my fellow MSG buddy!!!!!!!! Dorothy that was definitely one of my all time all time favorite favorite favorite shows on this farewell tour!!!! We had a blast..even opener when Lauper heard u scream! LOL that was too funny!!!!!!!!!! Glad u found ur way!!!!!! Miss ya..hope u maybe join us all July 4th weekend!!!!! Love ur fellow Bklyn born and raised Cher buddy! Jan:)
Thank you Dann for posting the interview - just like Julie, I'm in the UK and managed to miss the interview!! But i'll listen on Gabrielle's site - so thank you for letting us know. Only two weeks til we actually get to see her in person though - i can't wait!!!! I'm sooooo excited!! CHEeRs xx
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