Playing A Burning Upright Piano Until It Dies

April 3, 2018


This is a video of Youtuber James Nelson setting an upright piano on fire and playing it until it dies/the smoke is too much for him. Personally, I would have kept playing it until I caught fire myself, but that's just me and I'm a true performer. Also, Billy Joel clearly missed the opportunity to play a burning piano in the video for 'Piano Man.' "Yeah, or maybe 'We Didn't Start The Fire'?" You're such a one-upper.

Keep going for the video. Also, was that a firework that exploded at the end or part of the piano?

Thanks to K Diddie, who agrees everything is better on fire.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'm disappointed that they didn't think to play the piano outro for Faith No More's Falling to Pieces. But then again they had no clue when it was going to stop playing and the piano didn't explode.

    Edit: apparently that song is called Epic. Gotta go revisit my Faith No More discography. Just as soon as I lose my hearing I'll get right on that.

  • Alexandre Detiste
  • Doog

    Now put the burning piano on a cart and have it rolling down Main Street with a guy playing it.

  • Jonathan_Berisford

    I live for danger.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    this is such a waste of a good piano. really shameful.

  • GeneralDisorder

    The piano crisis is already upon is. That piano was almost definitely worth just about nothing and would have cost hundreds of dollars to move and tune. You could buy an electric keyboard for $100 that never needs to be tuned.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    "almost definitely worth just about nothing" is completely bogus. he was playing it just fine, and even with it being slightly out of tune or having a couple keys not work, lots of people would be incredibly thankful to have this normally expensive instrument donated to them, be it a school, a church, or a family with a musically-inclined child that can't afford a piano. ignoring the fact presented at the beginning of the video that they obviously had the means to transport it themselves with a truck and trailer, i guarantee many people would offer to pick it up and transport it themselves if it were being given away. Finally, anyone whose every played will tell you that an electric keyboard can never compare to the real thing. This is a utter waste through and through.

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Andyman7714

    I would say that was dangerous. Those strings are under some tremendous tension.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I think you drastically overestimate how much energy a piano string has.

    Beside that the strings are encased in wood. When the back burns it's not likely to snap the strings but if it doesn't they're going to expand from the heat first.

  • Geekologie

    I live for danger

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