Three cheers for self-deprecation. While Billy Joel was performing last weekend at the Air Canada Centre, he botched up the lyrics to “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and some longstanding self-loathing related to that particular tune reared its ugly head.
Right around the time Billy was supposed to be singing about Rosenberg’s H-Bomb, he lost the lyric, and the whole tune–well, it exploded like the bomb he should have been singing about. Suddenly, he silenced his entire band, and proclaimed “All you gotta do is f**k up one word in that song and it’s a train wreck.” He almost went ahead and skipped to the next song on his setlist, before apparently thinking better of it and completing the tune.
“It’s the same thing verse after verse. Just the words change. It’s one of the worst melodies I ever wrote,” lamented an agonized Joel. “That’ll be all over YouTube tomorrow; it’s okay. It was an authentic rock and roll f**k up.”
Truthfully, Billy hasn’t hid his long-lasting hatred for this particular song. It was a rare thing that he even included it on the set-list, as he hasn’t been playing it much this year at all.
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