Billy Joel sent a message to Hurricane Sandy victims at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief tonight.
Stars such as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Nirvana (fronted by Sir Paul McCartney), and a bevy of other musicians and celebrities, performed at a concert tonight to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy titled 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief. None made a bigger impact than Billy Joel, who played his hit song Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) from the 1977 album The Stranger. The live audience and viewers at home were startled by the bold choice of songs, which followed Joel adressing the crowd, saying "New York. New Jersey, Long Island. We're all still here. We're all right.
"Mama, if that's movin' up, then I'm movin' out," sang Joel. "Mmmmm. I'm movin' out. Mmmm hmmm mmmm."
"I thought it was very disrespectful," said Hazel Jones, an audience member we spoke to after Joel's performance. "Kind of a screw you to the communities who were affected by the storm."
Lighting was poor onstage during the performance, so we cannot confirm whether or not Joel stood on his piano during the song and mooned the crowd. However, we also cannot confirm that he didn't.
Joel also played Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway), New York State of Mind, River of Dreams, You May Be Right, and Only the Good Die Young, as if he hadn't just insulted two entire states on a live broadcast that was simulcast on hundreds of television stations around the world and streamed on dozens of websites. Other than the unexpected attack on New Yorkers and New Jersians, the performace was absolutely rivetting, as evidenced by the throngs of white people without rythym totally rocking out in the audience. This reporter is still headbanging while writing this article.
Joel, a Long Island native and living legend, has not released a new album since 2001's Fantasies & Delusions, but still plays live. The singer has suffered from substance abuse problems in the past decade. It is unknown whether or not drugs played a part in his shocking behavior tonight. However, Miami 2017 is a song about New York City getting blown up, and Joel also played it at 2001's The Concert for New York, a 9/11 benefit concert, so this kind of reckless provocation is not uncharacteristic.
Following Joel's performance, actress Blake Lively was so visibly upset that she was unable to convincingly read the cue cards introducing Coldplay's Chris Martin. The other members of Coldplay didn't care about the victims and declined to perform. Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, who bore not only the brunt of a terrible storm, but also the indignity of being insulted by Billy Joel so soon after the disaster, and worst of all, a live performance by a deteriorated Michael Stipe.
To donate money to vicitms of Hurricane Sandy, call 1-855-465-4357 or visit http://www.121212concert.org/.