best moment of Billy Joel's Moscow tantrum

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OptionVotes
Billy flipping a piano 10
keytar player oblivious to the chaos around him 6
"LET ME DO MY SHOW, FOR CRISSAKES!!" 2
"STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE!" 1
Billy going ham on a mic stand 1
"STOP IT!" 0
other 0


fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 September 2018 04:32 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jKAksuhb2U

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Sunday, 2 September 2018 04:40 (three years ago) link

He's not wrong, though... (re: lighting the audience)

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 2 September 2018 04:49 (three years ago) link

Wasn't he trying to stop the security beating up the fans, re: not lighting the audience? ISTRI not being quite the superstar "tantrum" it initially seems.

canary christ (stevie), Sunday, 2 September 2018 09:29 (three years ago) link

Has to be the keytar player.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 2 September 2018 09:34 (three years ago) link

ISTRI ?

calstars, Sunday, 2 September 2018 09:38 (three years ago) link

I seem to recall it, I’d guess.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 2 September 2018 09:39 (three years ago) link

why does he care if there are lights on the audience?

why is he positioned extreme stage left?

calstars, Sunday, 2 September 2018 09:52 (three years ago) link

Wasn't he trying to stop the security beating up the fans, re: not lighting the audience?

No, he had a film crew with him shooting a documentary - to get better shots of the crowd dancing, they were lighting up the first few rows of the audience but every time they did, they froze - Joel saw it as them fucking with his show.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 2 September 2018 10:07 (three years ago) link

OK, I've never seen this before - awesome! That song though, Jesus Christ.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Sunday, 2 September 2018 10:12 (three years ago) link

Despite all the chaos, neither the band or himself miss a beat!

. (Michael B), Sunday, 2 September 2018 12:55 (three years ago) link

i kinda feel like if Billy had ripped the keytar out of the player's hands and launched it into the crowd, that the dude woulda just kept moving and fingering the air and smiling

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:02 (three years ago) link

Mr. Joel also yelled at people in the front rows who he felt were not responsive enough to his performance.

''Why are you here?'' he screamed. ''You obviously don't want to be here!''

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:41 (three years ago) link

It never occurred to me before, but his band's unflappability would suggest that they have an abundance of 'gwumpy Billy makes a boom-boom' experience under their belts.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:41 (three years ago) link

keytar guy is an all-time session muso dork, jesus christ

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:49 (three years ago) link

Must find out who he is. Be right back.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:54 (three years ago) link

Mr. Joel also yelled at people in the front rows who he felt were not responsive enough to his performance.

''Why are you here?'' he screamed. ''You obviously don't want to be here!''

― fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, September 2, 2018 1:41 PM (twelve minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This isn't quite right - he was speaking to a specific set of people with links to the then-government who had received tickets as perks and had little to no interest in being at a Billy Joel gig for any other reason.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:58 (three years ago) link

http://www.davelebolt.com/. Hero.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Sunday, 2 September 2018 14:01 (three years ago) link

wow

recorded with artists like David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Billy Joel, Power Station, Foreigner, Julian Lennon, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, as well as contributing to major film scores working with John Barry, Michel Colombier and Marvin Hamlisch.

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 2 September 2018 14:14 (three years ago) link

this guy might low key have more money than Billy

Due to a long-standing interest in technology, Dave moved to the S.F. Bay Area and ended up guiding a 15 year evolution of Pro Tools and its family of products, truly revolutionizing the audio industry and garnering an Oscar for technical achievement. He led Avid Technology’s Digidesign audio division as GM for 6 years, generating double-digit growth and managing more than 800 employees and $300M in revenue. 

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 2 September 2018 14:15 (three years ago) link

This isn't quite right - he was speaking to a specific set of people with links to the then-government who had received tickets as perks and had little to no interest in being at a Billy Joel gig for any other reason.

― Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, September 2, 2018 9:58 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah this is the article from the day after the event, they smoothed out a few of the details in later articles

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 September 2018 14:53 (three years ago) link

the fuck is he doing here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5M0xWniKNs

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 September 2018 15:47 (three years ago) link

Michael Keaton is totally playing him in the biopic isn't he

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 September 2018 15:49 (three years ago) link

Drunk and humping the piano is one way to go through life.

earlnash, Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:05 (three years ago) link

I love how he crouches in a four-point start before taking off

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:33 (three years ago) link

Blowey Hole

calstars, Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:43 (three years ago) link

I think Mark Ruffalo would also make a good Billy, but Keaton has that unhinged quality

bunny slopes, Sunday, 2 September 2018 18:40 (three years ago) link

Billy has a classier piano dismount than Connie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiMvXCp2Qvo

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 2 September 2018 20:07 (three years ago) link

Every option deserves to win but flipping a piano is next level

flappy bird, Sunday, 2 September 2018 21:22 (three years ago) link

The mic stand smash kills me too.

The piano flip is great mostly cos the musicians see it, briefly react, then just keep playing

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 September 2018 21:32 (three years ago) link

F you mic stand ! Agh!

calstars, Sunday, 2 September 2018 21:39 (three years ago) link

Wah, I’m playing in Russia and everything isn’t perfect

calstars, Sunday, 2 September 2018 21:46 (three years ago) link

The piano flip is great mostly cos the musicians see it, briefly react, then just keep playing

I hope those guys found some sort of way to use this clip in some sort of online resume/CV, because any prospective employer has got to be impressed with that level of unflappability.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Sunday, 2 September 2018 22:13 (three years ago) link

probably the most difficult thing about searching the internet for crazy billy joel footage is listening to so much billy joel. but you gotta do it

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 September 2018 22:57 (three years ago) link

xposts it's possible they had seen him done it before. billy was out of control in those days

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 September 2018 22:57 (three years ago) link

Although security in the audience was tight, hundreds of fans were allowed to crowd the stage. Some of the guards swayed to the music, although many without smiling.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 September 2018 22:59 (three years ago) link

seen him do it before. it's miller time over here, sorry

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 September 2018 22:59 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 3 September 2018 00:01 (three years ago) link

The song in the video is “fantasy” but I keep thinking it’s “pressure”

calstars, Monday, 3 September 2018 01:05 (three years ago) link

wish it was, better song

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 3 September 2018 01:12 (three years ago) link

i like the already bent mic stand prior to him finally finishing it off

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 3 September 2018 01:16 (three years ago) link

The piano flip is great mostly cos the musicians see it, briefly react, then just keep playing


Also because those Yamaha pianos weigh a fucking ton. If it had landed wrong, that’d be the end of the keytar guy.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 3 September 2018 01:31 (three years ago) link

perhaps not enough attention being paid to Billy's upper body strength

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 3 September 2018 01:32 (three years ago) link

fling up, you're strong, you're the piano man

21st savagery fox (m bison), Monday, 3 September 2018 01:51 (three years ago) link

I till cant tell what he is kicking against when he dies the kick thing, the keyboardist goes away but i do t think he was hit.

The keytarist is doofy but i think mostly in ignorance/denial of actual joel-antics.

Hunt3r, Monday, 3 September 2018 02:12 (three years ago) link

Shit iphone u suck at screenboards

Hunt3r, Monday, 3 September 2018 02:13 (three years ago) link

Re: Piano Humping

Cocaine is a hell of a... Well, you know.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 3 September 2018 02:48 (three years ago) link

It seems fortunate that no one was putting bread in his jar at that particular moment.

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 3 September 2018 03:53 (three years ago) link

If keytar man is so great, why isn’t he listed on The Ubiquitous HIred Gun Session Veteran Shout-Out Thread

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 10:28 (three years ago) link

Pardon my ignorance of Billy Joel's public persona, but was he known as a big sniffy sniffy guy at this point? Always seemed pretty clean cut and upright to me, can't really even picture him drinking but again, haven't spent a great deal of time thinking about this. All I know is that he once was married to Christie Brinkley and that most of his songs are pretty lousy

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 11:24 (three years ago) link

I remember he always used to say 'it's time to tickle the ivory.' And I would ask him, Billy, don't you mean 'tickle the ivories' with an 's'? It took me several years to realize he was referring to the mountains of coke he immediately vacuum up after saying this. I'm...I'm a very stupid man.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:03 (three years ago) link

Sorry, forgot the attribution on that quote. That would be me, because I just made it up.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:04 (three years ago) link

Coked up piano humping Billy seems like the kind of guy that would have delivered some Buddy Rich-level shitstorms backstage.

Freddy "Boom Boom" QAnon (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:53 (three years ago) link

Indeed; none of his backing musicians have beards.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 21:10 (three years ago) link

Had to be a big shot
Dint ya

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 21:32 (three years ago) link

As a kid I was startled by the lyric "I give you one hit under the jaw, then you put on a show."

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 23:52 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

the hero we need right now

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 22 October 2018 23:23 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

some days shit is mega fucked and I just need to see this video

XVI Pedicabo eam (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 02:41 (one year ago) link

original one blocked - here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3cBp_Bf43M

XVI Pedicabo eam (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 02:49 (one year ago) link

Going ham on a mic stand deserved better imo.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 02:52 (one year ago) link

Best clip ever

calstars, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 20:43 (one year ago) link

It's sweet how the crowd carry on enjoying themselves despite Billy looking like he might kill someone any minute.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 20:51 (one year ago) link

That was just day-to-day life in the USSR iirc.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 20:53 (one year ago) link

They might think this is what Western rock stars do every time they play.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 20:54 (one year ago) link

This doesn't look anywhere near as exciting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFa-riJvcZA

pomenitul, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 20:58 (one year ago) link

“Something something something middle of the ni- hi- hight....”

calstars, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 22:57 (one year ago) link

early Interpol show?

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 6 August 2020 00:25 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Saturday, 21 November 2020 05:21 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

Autographed Billy Joel photo pic.twitter.com/oFE88vj8LV

— Barney Hurley (@barneyhurley1) February 10, 2021



Saddest album photo shoot ever?

calstars, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 15:43 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:24 (three months ago) link

it's time to branch out, i need other vids like this, but not necessarily William Joel

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:24 (three months ago) link

^

calstars, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:46 (three months ago) link

Bonus points if it is BJ though

calstars, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:46 (three months ago) link

yeah, i would love to see a thread of musicians throwing childlike tantrums. the more visible drugs onstage, the better

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:49 (three months ago) link

oh shit, i've only seen 2 of these 3!

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:13 (three months ago) link

whoever got called out by the smash mouth guy should have just sprinted toward him and tackled him

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:19 (three months ago) link

Still can’t get over Billy doing the crouch start before running across the stage and jumping on the piano although I’m happy to pretend that this has happened at every BJ show ever and is just one of his ‘things’

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:28 (three months ago) link

damn the links are all dead of course

brimstead, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:28 (three months ago) link

it's haunting

hey leave that dead guy alone

― scott seward, Thursday, November 11, 2010 10:30 PM (ten years ago)

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:30 (three months ago) link

it's like the bible when some prophet wonders if there is even 1 or 5 or 10 good people left in the village. and then they check, and nope, none

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:31 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, NYC, 1983 pic.twitter.com/IJnCHbo0kN

— Barney Hurley (@barneyhurley1) September 10, 2021



Christie: flexible neck

calstars, Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

christie was like "hey billy remember the time you fucking lost it in moscow?". billy joel went "uuunnggghhh, i'm so sick of talking about that". christie's said "oh billy come'ere!" and billy went "uuunnnnggggh, hahaha, alright, alright"

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:12 (two weeks ago) link

and the guy in the back is like "billy joel in moscow tantrum is so good. god i want that on laserdisc. what a beautiful couple!"

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:13 (two weeks ago) link

lol CB’s at full exorcist neck twist O_O

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:14 (two weeks ago) link

lulz

calstars, Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:18 (two weeks ago) link

STOP LIGHTING CHRISTIES NECK

calstars, Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:21 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/75RpReE.png

pplains, Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

who is that guy?! is the muscle?

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

is *HE* the muscle

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

i need a photoshop of her head fully upside down

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

Looks like some Disney haunted mansion shit

calstars, Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:33 (two weeks ago) link

omg, in that Green Day video, there is something about Mike Dirnt dutifully smashing his bass right after Billie Joe starts smashing his guitar that is kinda sweet and absolutely fucking hilarious

alpine static, Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:11 (two weeks ago) link

ok, and then when Smash Mouth guy is pissed off and talking tough, his band launches into the limp-ass intro to "All Star" ... and then he steps out into the crowd like he's gonna fight and someone yells "Kick his ass, sea bass!"

and the Balmer video?

killer post by Old Lunch back in June, is what i'm sayin'

alpine static, Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:19 (two weeks ago) link

Always seemed pretty clean cut and upright to me, can't really even picture him drinking but again, haven't spent a great deal of time thinking about this.

That reminds me, he once showed up in the bar in Glasgow I routinely used to drink in after work on Fridays, but I missed him. I was never sure if that story was apocryphal but here's the proof:

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/THE+THIRST+JOEL%3B+Singer+Billy+pops+into+Glasgow+pub+for+a+pint.-a060565980

How does Spock's brain come into this? (Tom D.), Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:22 (two weeks ago) link

I felt a little sorry for Green Day at the time because leading up to that show they had become total fucking shills for iheartmedia. I was stuck listening to alot of car radio at the time, and their testimonial promos for the 'festival' were inescapable on all formats; I think there was even one where one of guys talked about how excited he was to see Usher! They got played so hard by ihm.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 11 September 2021 21:52 (two weeks ago) link


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