There’s a black, shiny piano set up for Sam Smith in the Beverly Hilton’s Stardust Room.
The four-time Grammy-winning British singer was set to perform his new hit, Writing’s On the Wall, the theme song for the new James Bond movie Spectre, for a small group of journalists at the Beverly Hills hotel, but it was not to be.
Smith, dogged by the flu, had to cancel at the last moment.
It’s something his Australian fans also felt in April when the 23-year-old Londoner was midway through his Down Under tour, a small haemorrhage was found on his vocal cords and he underwent an operation.
While he couldn’t sing at the Beverly Hilton, Smith was still able sit down for an interview and assured fans he will be right to perform when in Australia.
“I’ll be fine (laughs). It’s just a cold. In my job you’re not allowed to have a cold and when you have a cold you need to be in bed with your mum making you soup and I haven’t had that.”
Smith can’t wait to return Down Under, with family in tow.
“My sisters are flying out. I’m so excited. They’ll get there two days before I get there so they’ll get over jet lag. Then we’re going to have a great time.
“I’ll stay three extra days after the tour so I’ll have a mini-holiday before I go back for Christmas,” Smith said.
When George Michael visited Australia he loved it so much he bought a house and Smith isn’t afraid to follow in his footsteps.
“I’m just going to copy him. Anything he does I’ll do.”
As for who will be the next James Bond when Daniel Craig retires from the coveted role, Smith believes the world is ready for a black super spy but not a gay one.
“I don’t think it would work either. I’m not sure. Maybe it would.”
How about a gay black Bond?
“Yes. Amazing. How about a gay black girl Bond? There you go. Look, after sitting on the inside a little bit with the Bond people, they know what they’re doing and will make the right moves.
*Spectre is currently playing in Australian cinemas and Smith’s tour begins in Perth on November 28.