Squier, Eddie Money Square Off in Bar Fight Over Jukebox Selection
Dilemma of One Quarter, Two Mega-hits Leads to Fisticuffs
“Everybody Wants You” or “Shakin’”?
This was the thorny decision facing the patrons of a local bar where
both Billy Squier and Eddie Money were separately enjoying drinks
on Saturday night. What started as an almost philosophical debate
over the merits of each hit ended up a scene of broken barstools,
broken bones, and broken spirits soaked in a sticky murk of cheap
Squier and Money,
who were initially unaware of each other, overheard the discussion
over which song to play near the jukebox. The jukebox – a
local favorite – stocks both Billy Squier’s and Eddie
Money’s greatest hits packages – a sure sign to some
patrons that a heated debate was imminent. Both rockers frequent
Jake’s Party Patio but reportedly had never met.
Wants You rocks pretty hard, but Shakin’ rocks too. The Shakin’
riff is a bit of an AC/DC rip-off though,” says one regular.
“but with one quarter for one song, it’s a tough decision
on that fateful night, the opening chords to Everybody Wants You
settled comfortably over the bar. Money, who had reportedly been
drinking heavily, sauntered over to the other end of the bar, asked
Squier to identify himself, then punched him in the face. Squier
flew off the barstool while a handful of fans responded with fists
of their own. Within minutes, bottles and fists were flying.
Both men were
arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and overtly lame lyrical
offenses. 14 others were also charged in the melee. 38 Special could
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