The next day, I get on the plane and here comes Natalie Cole and her entourage of 23 people. Her kid has a keyboard, and he's playing it, and all the other passengers are annoyed, so we give him a head set. When we land in NYC, Natalie thanks me because she knew they were a big bunch to handle. And at that moment, I think: okay, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I'm doing it. 'So actually, there's this thing I'm supposed to tell you,' I said. She looks a little freaked out and asked, 'Okaaay... You want my autograph?' I tell her I'm actually apologizing for Luther Vandross and she immediately flips out and says, 'That son of a bitch! He stood me up!' And I said, 'I know, he's really sorry for missing dinner.'
Which didn't help at all because at that point she looked stunned and said: 'Oh my God, you really know!? Wait, how do you know?' I explained that Luther and I knew each other and that he asked me to apologize for him. I told her why he missed the dinner, but she just shook her head in disbelief."