Billy Joel Goes Crazy In Concert!!
Billy Joel lost his shit once during a show in USSR

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This video is the property of JoelFan... I simply reposted it. You've never seen Billy like this! So ironic with the placing of the lyrics and his actions! Awesome job, Billy!! XD XD XD **I don't own the video, the song in the video, or the concert.** Subscribe and Sub4Sub! -m2m-



pSmall360 : This is actually incredible because he and the rest of the band keeps going on without missing a beat. Very rock n' roll.

porpus99 : The story behind this was that every time the lights came on the Russians who were dancing would just return to a neutral position and freeze, because they were so fearful of the military coming to get them. Mind you this was back in 1987, so still the Soviet Union at the time. Everytime the lights came on the guys in control of the lights sapped the energy out of the room and it was pissing Billy Joel off to the point he had a meltdown. Funny thing was that the Russians loved it and thought it was part of the show.

FightYourMother : RR: During the second show you turned a piano over. What happened? JOEL: We were filming some of the shows for a TV special and documentary. I really don't like filming during the concert because all the lights are different and it throws you off. There are no blackouts after each song. The audience is lit a lot, which takes away from their enjoyment of the show. These people are used to being watched all the time, but I wanted them to get the real experience of an American rock and roll show. Because of the filming, there were cameras on them. That's really not what should happen to the audience. The audience should be there to look, to be in the dark to do their nasty little things‑their dirty air guitar playing, whatever. I know when I'm at a concert and I get carried away, I must look like an idiot. I don't want anybody looking at me.  -from the Root Beer Rag, interview with Billy Joel, 1988

Whipper T. Snapper : STOP IT--

BuschWhacker Reviews : That was the most badass, calm, nonchalant freak out ever, and still kept the song going during it lol


CurtisAlfeld : I love how the band just ignores it.

kudjo24 : 0:39 belts out a verse, nearly whips someone in the head with a microphone stand, belts out another verse, LOL

Music Menace101 : For context, this was during a show that he was playing behind the Iron Curtain in the former Soviet Union. During the show, the Secret Police used the lighting to pick out rowdy audience members, essentially making them afraid to show any hint of having fun. Billy wasn't having a tantrum he was telling the secret police to stop ruining the fun of the concert.

Dale Maguire : You know your a born musician when you can even freak out on stage "in time" without missing a beat lol

Andrew Shultzabarger : in soviet russia, meltdowns have billy joel

Zak Bagans : He's clearly possessed by the spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis

GreatSaiyaman60h : Thank you Vinny for this

Dan Harrison King : Its 100% funnier if you think that Billy Joel is getting pissed of at the guy in front playing the keytar, because he is showing off to the audience, taking all the glory, then he topples his piano and jumps infront!

Synthemesc : I almost forgot to watch this today.

SonnyGTA : 26 people like the lights on....

thcollegestudent : Drawing attention away from the fans. This was filmed in what was then Communist Russia, they kept shining lights on the audience, they were so afraid they would stop dancing. ...or so the tale goes...

Ryan James : Quite possibly one of the most rock n' roll things I've ever seen. Thank you Billy Joel.

Voxl Valyx : I come back every month to watch this a again.

mitchattitude : It would have been even better yet if Billy had done his while singing 'Honesty'



lyesryes : 0:37 *punts bassist off stage*

friggin colonel : The Russians must've been confused. "Soooo...this is what they've been doing in America all these years?" lol

Chef Excellence : ehhh good show right guys... ehhhh you know i would had brought spongeeeehhhea but he uhhh you know

Noah Harvey : But the audience loved it. This concert was in the Soviet Union where kids had never listened to anything other than classical music. They loved Billy when he came over and this is one of the defining moments of that tour.

SoilentGr33n : "STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE." When Billy Joel asks you to stop pointing your spotlight at the audience, you stop.

Lance Hardcore : god damn i love billy joel


sir henry motherfucker : uncle vimbly brought me here :^)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Rotten Pizza : Someone needs to link the full video.

David McCoul : He wanted to have a microphone stand like Freddie Mercury's! lol

JONXLR8 : There's so much to love aboit this video. As well as the fact that the two band members in front of him are oblivious of his rage quit on the piano behind them, it's the distorted booms over the pa system as the mic stand slams into the deck that gets me. Haha. That and the lead guitar riff timed perfectly as he kicks that guy off the stage.

Scott B : Billy is truly one of the best. He can time a mic slam in perfectly within his song. Doesn't miss a beat. In all seriousness, great performer, great song, great tantrum.

AndyAnimal : This video is now MY property!

𓊈 𝐀𝐬𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐥 𓊉 : Damn, he could mess someone up.

Chabar : 0:37 did he changed the sound by kicking equipment?

Caius Cosades : Rock musicians: destroy guitar/bass Billy Joel: flips piano

Eric B : "I know i gotta take control, get ahold of my emotions".... "STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE! " *kicks piano over*

Bryan Hamill : Kurt Vile sent me

Ian Watkins : I must say, I have met a lot of Russian people, they don,t smile. there bloody hard work at times!!!

Patrick Doucette : Lmfao stop lighting the audience! STOP IT! Oh man the sound bytes for this are epic! Lol keeps signing, whips the mic stand to the floor, continues like nothing happened.

SonnyGTA : Billy is getting into Death Metal.....


Tammy Hart : I saw him throw a fit in Lexington Kentucky when he did a show with Elton John. lol

mikoto : ready 4 the chat to arrive

Victoria Strauss : Billy Joel was touring in Russia, and at the time Rock and Roll music was taboo. He was the first Rock and Roll musician to perform there. The guys operating the lights thought it would be a good idea to turn the lights off and on because they were filming the concerts. When ever the lights would go on, the Russians in the crowd would stop dancing and become serious. Billy saw what was happening and that it was ruining the concert for the Russians. It pissed him off, and he reacted like this. However, him reacting in this form was entertaining and had a good reaction. So for the rest of his tour he did fun stuff like twirling mike stands and doing back flips off the piano. He didn't go crazy. He made a huge difference in the Russian Society. Billy Joel is an inspiration. Not a crazy man

admtech69 : Even Billy's rage is pure musical genius.