Pop superstar Justin Timberlake appeared on the Graham Norton Show and told a story about a less-than-glamorous performance in his early days as a solo artist.
The former N’Sync singer was the headline guest on Norton’s couch along with actress Anna Kendrick, South African ballroom dancer Oti Mabuse and British comedian Alan Carr.
He was invited to tell his story about a charity gig he played in Canada after being invited by rock legend Mick Jagger.
Timberlake stated that he knew he was necessarily the kind of act that the audience were there to see, with rock ‘n’ roll legends the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and The Guess Who also being on the set.
However, what awaited him when he stepped out on to the stage was more than he could have anticipated.
He began his story: “We came onstage and all of a sudden from the first two rows of probably half a million people, all of a sudden, bottles of urine were then thrown on the stage.”
He paused and looked to his fellow guests: “Things weren’t always good times for me you guys.”
The brief pause gave Timberlake’s fellow guests to interject, and all three began shouting over each other to ask for more detail.
Timberlake responded: “All these questions I had going through my brain.”
He added that he struggled to remember the lyrics to his songs as he was concentrating on dodging the disgusting missiles being thrown in his direction and said: “I still have a lot of trauma.”
He continued his story and explained that the stage manager gave him an opportunity to abandon his set and leave the stage, but he was determined not to be intimidated and complete his playlist.
However, the next song required him to be seated at the piano, making it much more difficult to dodge the incoming missiles.
There was a happy ending to the story though, with a strong message for the next generation from Timberlake.
Take a look at the video below.