That’s right, piano fans: Rock ’n’ roll’s third-favorite ivory-tickling icon will school Vandy students, staff and faculty (folks you should hit up or befriend if you’d like to attend this Commodore-only, exclusive event) during “an evening of Questions and Answers … and a Little Music.” For real! Click here if you don’t believe me. I know, given the legendary singer, armchair historian, Paul McCartney fan and Allentown, Penn., Poet Laureate’s long-established lack of personal accountability and artistic temperament, this announcement comes as kind of a shock. Nevertheless, Joel will speak about and field questions on his life and musical career, in addition to performing a few of his masterworks.
As a service to Commodores and potential attendees, below is a list of suggested questions for the angry old piano man:
Do you feel you’ve evolved as a lyricist since retiring from songwriting?
Were the cola wars really the historical breaking point of the 20th century? If so, what made it more emotionally taxing than other wars, like perhaps the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars?
Speaking of which: Coke or Pepsi?
“We Didn’t Start the Fire” not included, what are a few of your picks for Greatest Listicle of All Time?
Have you considered a "We Didn't Start the Fire?" sequel, or perhaps updating the song with new verses and chapters a la R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet"? If so, what would the first lyric be? May I suggest: "Scooter Libby, Rachel Ray, Columbine, Flavor Flav, 9/11, Walter White, Joey Buttafuoco"?
Which lyric in “Captain Jack” are you most proud of?
Now that pot has been legalized in three states, have you considered revising "Captain Jack" as a jingle for Captain D's?
Which hurts more: Getting punched in the face night after night as a boxer, or crooning the count off to “Moment of Trust” night after night on tour?
What goes through your mind when you see that “Uptown Girl” is the next song on the set list?
How did it feel to define a generation on film? Wait — were you involved with Easy Rider, or Easy Money?
Multiple choice: The first thing alcohol impares is A) Your eyesight B) Your vocal range C) Your judgment or D) All of the above?
Speaking of which: Bottle of red? Bottle of white? … Both?!
What are three most surprising items on Elton John’s dressing-room rider?
Dying Bill and Paul, the real estate novelist: Where are they now? Are you still friends with John at the bar (Facebook doesn’t count)? Did that waitress ever get proficient at politics? Is Davy still in the Navy? Do tell.
Regarding your longevity, re: "Only the Good Die Young" ...