Bill Murray Recalls the Time He Crashed the Who’s Party
Bill Murray revealed how he ended up at the Who's lavish reception in honor of the New York City film opening of the Tommy movie in 1975. He and a group of Saturday Night Live-era pals, including John Belushi, simply snuck in.
"We crashed a famous party called 'the subway party' to celebrate the premiere of Tommy, in the '70s," Murray said during a Reddit AMA yesterday. "It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray – and we were all plus one, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner-circle thing."
The guest list included more than fellow rockers too. Anybody who was anybody in the Big Apple entertainment and art scene was there, rubbing elbows with the Who in an enclosed subway floor. "It was a scream," Murray added. "If you made an airport movie where everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10."
Unfortunately, Murray and his group of group of comedians "felt like we didn't belong at all" – a growing suspicion that was later confirmed when he ran into Andy Warhol, best known in rock circles for his album covers for the Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones.
In short, Murray said he blew it. "I have compassion when people say dumb stuff to me, [because] I said to Andy Warhol, 'I love the soup can,' and he looked at me like 'You don't belong here,'" he recalled. "What a time that was."
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