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VMAs: Fall Out Boy Rocks Updated Version of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”


Fall Out Boy took the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday night to perform their updated version of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

The rock group released the song earlier this summer and wrote new lyrics for Joel’s iconic hit, which included references to key events that took place between 1949 and 1989, including everything from the Cold War to the Coke Wars and Joseph Stalin to John F. Kennedy .

Fall Out Boy’s version covers the years from 1989 to 2023 and references Iron Man, MIchael Phelps, Taylor Swift, Colin Kaepernick, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, MySpace and the deaths of George Floyd, Prince and Queen Elizabeth, among others.

Bebe Rexha introduced the band at the VMAs, which are broadcast live from the Prudential Center in New Jersey. During the show, Fall Out Boy – decked out in a suit – performed outside the arena on a stage full of flames.

“I listen to Billy Joel’s (song) and so many things in it are huge moments or just kind of a shrug in history now,” bassist Pete Wentz said previously told The New York Times of the song. “It’s interesting to see what he was referring to from the ’50s and ’60s and what he wasn’t. And in some ways they’re just etchings in a cave – documentation that we existed and that these things happened, both triumphant and terrible. We made this song for ourselves and we hoped our fans would enjoy it.”

Fall Out Boy, a three-time VMA winner, was nominated for two awards: Best Alternative for “Hold Me Like a Grudge” and Best Visual Effects for “Love From the Other Side.”

The band, known for hits like “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and Thnks Fr Th Mmrs,” recently said they would expand their global So Much For (Tour) Dust next year with the announcement of So Much For (2our) ) ) Dust, a 20-plus date running across the United States, starting on February 28 in Portland, Oregon, and running through April 6 in Minneapolis. The UK and European leg of So Much For (Tour) Dust begins on October 17 in Warsaw, Poland, and ends on November 8 in Berlin.

Their eighth studio album, So much (for) stardust, debuted as the No. 1 rock album upon its release on March 24.

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