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Billy Joel Didn’t Enjoy Woodstock Because There Were No Bathrooms

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Billy Joel may have been a child of the ’60s, but the appeal of that decade’s crowning moment was lost on him. He recently told an interviewer that Woodstock wasn’t his thing because he couldn’t find a bathroom.

“I went to Woodstock,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I didn’t play there, but I went up on a motorcycle, which was a good move because the highway was just a parking lot. I wanted to see [Jimi] Hendrix and the Who. But after a day and a half with no real toilet facilities…what am I, a bear? I have to go in the woods? There was a lot of mud and people were smoking a lot of pot and taking a lot of acid.”

Woodstock, which took place from Aug. 15-18, 1969, was noted for the atmosphere, where an estimated 500,000 people created a peaceful environment despite a lack of food and sanitary conditions and an awful lot of rain, mud and drugs. But Joel said he was much more interested in the music than the party.

“I didn’t do anything back then,” he continued. “I drank a beer or something. The first day, I saw Santana. Or was it Joe Cocker? I was dirty and itchy and covered with poison ivy and I thought, ‘Just get me out of here! I’ve got to use a bathroom.'”

And although Joel repeated in the interview that he isn’t planning on coming out with an album of new songs any time soon, he still regularly writes music at his home. However, he did say that he plans to write something for his new daughter. His wife Alexis gave birth to Della Rose Joel on Aug. 12.

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