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  • Billy Joel Blasts His Own Song

    "One of my worst songs ever"

    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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    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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