It may have been a Friday, but The Cure frontman Robert Smith sure wasn’t in love with having to summon some enthusiasm ahead of his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The musician had a hilariously deadpan response Friday for an eager red carpet journalist trying to gauge his excitement, which has since gone viral.
In the short clip, Smith, 59, and his bandmates arrive on the carpet to chat with personality Carrie Keagan ahead of the ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York City.
“Hi! Congratulations! The Cure, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, 2019!” Keagan says. “Are you as excited as I am?”
Smith, scratching his faces, responds, “Um, by the sounds of it, no.”
The hilarious moment was a hit on social media, with users praising both Smith for his blunt reply and Keagan, who didn’t let the comment stifle her own excitement and carried on chatting with Smith for five minutes.
Queen’s Brian May, who was on hand to induct Def Leppard, wrote, “Robert Smith is my hero !!! Long time since I laughed so much !!”
“The world needs a lot more Robert Smith right about now,” one user wrote.
Added another, “I didn’t think it was possible for me to like Robert Smith any more than I already did. I was wrong.”
Even Tommy Lee chimed in, commenting a laughing crying emoji on Twitter and later writing, “HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Robert rules!!!!!!”
Keagan, meanwhile, had nothing but praise for the rocker.
“He is everything my lil black heart hoped he’d be,” she said. “Wait til you see his acceptance speech!”
Smith did cheer up by the time he took the stage, where he and The Cure performed “Shake Dog Shake” as a tribute to drummer Andy Anderson, who died in February, “A Forest,” “Lovesong,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”
The musician, known as much for his makeup and wild hair as he is his heartfelt love songs, seemed to reference the exchange with Keagan backstage after his performance.
“I’m not quite sure about the whole thing. It’s probably a cultural thing. And I just don’t know. On the red carpet, they asked me, was I super excited? In a funny way, I feel like we’ve been subsumed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…,” he said, according to Vulture.
“There’s a part of me who’s like, ‘C’mon, if you were 15, you’d be like, ‘F— this.’ But, at the same time, there are people in it who are my heroes. So it would be really really wrong of me to be anything other than delighted to part of this.”
The 34th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air April 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, HBO Go, HBO Now, and On Demand.
this is the funniest start to an interview i have ever seen i love robert smith man pic.twitter.com/7H4okzPX0L— al (@_hidingwithboys) March 30, 2019
Robert Smith being English in 6 words :) https://t.co/4JVLDaipVS— Stuart Ross (@phitch40) March 31, 2019
Robert Smith is my hero !!! Long time since I laughed so much !!! Bri https://t.co/22ypCNo82u— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) March 31, 2019