Robin Thicke claimed he needed a nap at the end of his visit to Chicago Tuesday — one of many stops on his promotional tour for his new album, “Love After War” — but you wouldn’t have known it from looking at him.
Thicke’s trademark poof hairstyle was perfectly in place during his in-studio visit to WGCI 107.5-FM, and any bags that had developed under his blue eyes from a lack of sleep the previous two and a half weeks were hidden behind large, designer shades. The exhausted-yet-energetic Thicke said he would have taken them off if not for the fact that the interview was being filmed for WGCI’s website.
“On camera, the glasses stay on,” Thicke announced to the room before joking, “These are medicinal …”
Thicke seems intent on making others around him laugh these days — even if it means no longer being seen as a serious artist. He said he was tired of the serious image, anyway, and has learned to embrace his sense of humor. It’s part of a transformation that has him thinking about following in the footsteps of his famous wife, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” star Paula Patton, and his dad, “Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke, and giving acting a try.
“I never used to tell jokes on stage,” Thicke told WGCI’s DJ MoonDawg. “Now I’m cutting up jokes all night long.”
After the interview, Thicke recorded a laundry list of drops (“This is Robin Thicke, and you’re listening to …”) for WGCI and fellow Clear Channel station V103 102.7-FM. His voice was strained at times — which he blamed on “too much promo” the last few weeks — but that didn’t keep him from chatting me up and asking about my career in between drops.
“You look young,” Thicke said. “You must not drink.”
As for his own looks, the 34-year-old Thicke admitted he feels pressure to look sharp at all times, even while he is lounging around in the privacy of his own home.
“I try to at least wear jeans at home,” Thicke said. “If I put on sweatpants, my wife goes: ‘No sweatpants. You’re not going to get (any) tonight if you wear sweatpants.’ I also try to comb my hair a little bit. She’s looking at Brad Pitt and all these other guys, and they’re looking good, so I’ve got to look good.”
Before he could head to the airport and return to his home in the Los Angeles area, Thicke had one more appearance to make in the building: A meet-and-greet with V103 listeners. Thicke snuck in a quick spray of cologne and then proceeded to hug each of the fans waiting in line.
He’d performed the night before at The Mid in the West Town neighborhood and canceled a show in Philadelphia days earlier to rest his voice, but he still agreed to sing a song, “Pretty Lil’ Heart” off of “Love After War,” during the V103 appearance.
Of course, the fans wanted more.
“I would love to, but my voice is ripped to shreds right now. I’m a little embarrassed because I want to sing good for ya’ll,” Thicke said before abruptly changing his mind. “You know what? Let’s try it. I hate not giving the people what they want.”