It has been a rumor for months but now it is official: Billy Joel will perform the last concert in Shea Stadium history.The show will be held July 16, the day after the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 16. Are season ticket holders getting a first chance at seats? Unknown.
The concert is being called: “The Last Play at Shea, From the Beatles to Billy”
We have been celebrating Shea Stadium’ illustrious rock and roll history since the launch of Loge13.com. Ever since the Beatles essentially invented the stadium concert, Shea Stadium has played host to most of rock and roll’s elite. The Stones. The Who. The Police. REM. The Clash. Janis Joplin. Poco. Grand Funk Railroad. We’re talking hallowed ground.
Is Billy Joel the best choice? He is a local boy (although I think he’s a Yankee fan). He will be the only person to ever play both Yankee and Shea Stadiums. However, Joel has mostly hung up his rock & roll shoes the past dozen years. Mets brass better make sure Billy doesn’t just do a set of his latest classical compositions.
Joel used to know how to rock somewhat and has a sense of history. If he’s smart, he’ll do a medly of Beatles and maybe bring out some Shea rock veterans like Grand Funk’s Mark Farner to do a 45–minute version of “Closer to Home.”