Billy Joel Puts Out the Fire

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This is a classic. Billy Joel commits a two-base error on the second verse of We Didn’t Start the Fire:

Okay, every singer forgets the words at some point. (The tradition of the audience singing the first verse of Hungry Heart without The Boss began when Springsteen forgot the words one night and the audience sung it for him.) But few handle it with the self-deprecating humor and grace of Billy Joel.

His sessions talking about the music business and the songwriting process (on his four-CD live album and on that old Bravo show with the guy from the Actors Studio) are treasures.

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