Celebrating 50 years in the entertainment industry appeared to be quite exhausting for Michael Bolton!
On Tuesday, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter was set to chat with the hosts of Australia’s The Morning Show ahead of the release of his newest 50th-anniversary album, A Symphony of Hits.
Things didn’t go quite as planned for Bolton, however, when he experienced some difficulties with sound — and what appeared to be staying awake — during the live interview.
Following his grand introduction on The Morning Show, Bolton, 65, did not respond or even acknowledge the hosts and seemed to shut his eyes for an on-camera snooze. Even as they checked in again, the singer did not flinch and remained in the same position.
“Maybe he’s just updating Instagram,” joked host Larry Emdur, as the awkward silence continued.
“What time is it in Florida?” co-host Kylie Gillies asked.
“Cocktail time,” Emdur joked
At one point, Bolton sat up straight and appeared to open his eyes to announce, “It’s gone silent,” before returning to his slumped position. The hosts were ultimately unable to catch the crooner’s attention and explained that they would “check the technical side of things.”
When they were finally able to get the connection working, the hosts acknowledged the “technical difficulties,” before welcoming Bolton to the program and conducting the interview as originally planned.
“I can hear you perfectly,” the singer told the hosts, which prompted Emdur to pump his fist in victory.
The second interview was eventually shared to the morning program’s Twitter account. Other than reassuring the sound worked properly, Bolton made no mention of the awkward encounter during their conversation.
But later, he acknowledged the mishap on his social media accounts and clarified that he was not sleeping, but rather tweeting.
“I got my first record deal when I was 15 and I haven’t slept since!!” Bolton joked, alongside a GIF of him wearing pirate attire from his “Jack Sparrow” music video with The Lonely Island.
“In all seriousness there were technical issues with the live feed and they caught me tweeting!” he added. “We had a great interview once they fixed the glitch. #FakeNews #50thAnniversary #SymphonyOfHits”
I got my first record deal when I was 15 and I haven’t slept since!! In all seriousness there were technical issues with the live feed and they caught me tweeting! We had a great interview once they fixed the glitch.