Did He Start the Fire?

Fans of the New York Mets are joined by Billy Joel on a sing-along to "Piano Man" during the only World Series game in which the team didn't choke, Tom Jones wants to have a DNA test to see if he is black and Phil Collins is a goddamn liar.

click to enlarge Let's (hiccup) go (hiccup) Mets (hiccup)!
Let's (hiccup) go (hiccup) Mets (hiccup)!

HOT: Did He Start the Fire?

It makes sense that quintessential New Yorker Billy Joel is a fan of the New York Mets. It makes sense that he would sing the national anthem before the team’s Game 3 win over the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. And it makes sense that Mets fans would adopt a Joel song as an unofficial sing-along anthem. What doesn’t make sense is that the sing-along was Joel’s “Piano Man,” a drunken, melancholy story-song about life in a dive bar. The new tradition of fans singing the song during the eighth inning had a special guest during Game 3 — Billy Joel! (He was there; what else would he do?) A Mets spokesperson said the song was part of a “magical season,” but the Mets were crushed in the series. Perhaps next year they’ll try something a little more uplifting, like “The Longest Time” or “Pressure.”

WARM: The Ghosts of Tom Jones

The year of “Am I Really Black?” news stories entered the entertainment realm this week when Welsh singer Tom Jones (ask your grandparents, kids) told British newspaper The Times that he wants to have his DNA tested to figure out his racial identity. (Competing paper The Daily Mail

disgustingly and bewilderingly — decided to run a racist cartoon about Jones' DNA curiosity.)

Jones said he was first tipped off to his potential blackness when he came to America and people thought he was black due to his singing voice. He also said “a lot of black people still tell me I’m just passing as white.” Their evidence? Jones says it’s “because of my hair.”

COLD: Against No Odds

Yet another reason for getting certain artists to sign contracts when they announce a “farewell tour” or “retirement” surfaced recently — Phil Collins proclaimed his un-retirement after just four short, blissful years. In 2011, Collins told The Telegraph he was quitting music, partly because health issues made drumming difficult and partly because he felt everyone was sick of him (the Charlie Brown lookalike added to his Charlie Brown-ness by saying, “I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me”). Threatening a tour and new music, Collins recently told Rolling Stone he wanted to show his children “what their dad does.” Because it's 2015, of course there is an online petition (aimed at The UN!) to ban Collins from returning to the public eye on the basis that "there is far too much suffering in the world as it is."

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