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"Last Play At Shea," Billy Joel's documentary about the last shows ever at Shea Stadium will have its premiere at Citi Field August 21th
. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Loge13 readers should be very familiar with Shea Stadium's contribution to rock & roll. If not, check out our Shea Rocks section.
I am not the biggest Billy Joel fan but this could be a cool event to go to. It will also be the biggest outdoor movie presentation since 1919. Back then, they called them talkies.
The full press release follows after the break.
FLUSHING, N.Y., July 27, 2010 - Billy Joel's "The Last Play at Shea"
will premiere at Citi Field Saturday, August 21 at 8:00 p.m., marking
the biggest outdoor movie presentation since 1919.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public this Friday,
July 30 at 10:00 a.m. online at www.507TIXX.com and by phone at (718)
507-TIXX. All tickets are priced at $10, and each ticket carries a $2
per-ticket service charge. The show is rain or shine, and parking will
Prior to the movie, fans will be treated to special Billy Joel-themed
programming and giveaways.
On July 16 and 18, 2008, Billy Joel sold out the last concerts ever
held at Shea Stadium, before a combined 110,000 fans.
"`The Last Play at Shea' was one of the most memorable concerts I
have ever performed," said Billy Joel. "I'm proud to experience that
history with this film, participating in a musical legacy which started
at Shea and continues on at Citi Field."
"The Last Play at Shea," produced by Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair,
in conjunction with Billy Joel's Maritime Pictures and Spitfire Films,
examines the intersecting histories of a stadium, a team, and a music
legend. The movie chronicles the life and career of Long Island native
Billy Joel and parallels the history of both the Mets and their former
home, Shea Stadium. Set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts,
Last Play interweaves personal Joel interviews with exclusive concert
footage featuring guests Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Roger
Daltrey, Steven Tyler and Sir Paul McCartney plus Mets greats, past and
present. Shea Stadium's musical send-off was a fitting tribute to the
venue that hosted memorable concert events over the years, beginning
with The Beatles in 1965.
"The Last Play at Shea" debuted at The Tribeca Film Festival, the
largest film festival held in New York, on April 25, 2010. Variety says
"the pic's portrait of Joel is one of enormous sincerity and genuine
amazement ... from the shooting to the soundtrack, production values are
extraordinary." "The Last Play at Shea is great fun," said The New
York Observer. "Part music documentary, part concert film, and part
sports documentary...the film is a beautiful love letter to the musician
that brought us `Piano Man' and the building that Mets fans
affectionately call `a dump' (but it's their dump). The sections
following the team and the stadium are funny, poignant and something
anyone can enjoy...The documentary also does an incredible job of
capturing the life of Joel as he grew up in Long Island through his rise
in the music industry," said CINEMABLEND.com.
The showing of "The Last Play at Shea" at Citi Field is expected to
be the biggest outdoor movie presentation since "Motion Picture Day,"
held July 4, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. The studios of D.W. Griffith,
Paramount Pictures and Famous Players-Lasky showed many of the films
starring the most popular silent film actors of the time including Mary
Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.