Following the release of Fall Out Boy’s updated cover of We Didn’t Start The Fire, Billy Joel himself has responded to the new version.
Chatting with BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball following a massive headline performance at London’s BST Hyde Park this weekend, the Piano Man explained that he had never really fancied following up his own song – which lyrically concluded in the year 1989. So he was fine with Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz and co. giving it a go and bringing things up to the present day (albeit not in chronological order).
“Fall Out Boy, yeah I heard about this,” said Billy. “Everybody has been wanting to know when there is going to be an updated version of it, because my song started in ’49 and ended in ’89 – it was a 40-year span.
“Everybody said, ‘Are you going to do part two? When are you going to do part two?’ And I said, ‘Nah, I’ve already done part one.’ So, Fall Out Boy, go ahead. Great. Take it away.”