Roger Sings MG At Joel's Final Shea Gig
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Sat Jul 19 01:24:34 CDT 2008
And Billy Joel smashes guitar during Roger's MG!!!
Billy Joel's Last Play At Shea
Friday, Jul 18, 2008 10:31PM
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=BILJOE&Key=Y) bade a stirring farewell to Shea Stadium on Friday during an
electrifying, sold-out final show at the same ballpark where the Beatles famously
ushered in a new era in rock 'n' roll four decades ago.
He was joined by an all-star lineup of friends including _Paul McCartney_
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=PAULMC&Key=Y) , who
told Joel, "Came here a long time ago. We had a blast that night and we're
having another one tonight."
"Good evening, Shea Stadium. Is this cool or what?" Joel told the crowd at
the New York Mets' home field, which is to be razed after the baseball season
to make way for a new stadium across the street.
"They're gonna be tearing this place down, but I wanna thank you ... for
letting me do the best job in the world," he said.
The show paid homage to Shea's baseball glories, with Mets highlights
playing on jumbo screens during "Zanzibar."
But the concert also was a mark of the stadium's place in music history.
The show came 43 years after the Beatles' legendary show at Shea - the first
concert at the ballpark. The concert came at the height of Beatlemania and
demonstrated the sheer power of rock 'n' roll and the Beatles: 55,000
screaming fans at a U.S. ballpark was virtually unheard-of at the time, and the show
gave the Fab Four even more cachet among the Beatle-crazed American public.
Joel has always strongly embraced his New York and Long Island roots, and
that makes for memory-making concerts every time he plays in the city. Throngs
of fans know his music so well they can pretty much take over any chorus they
And as if the "Piano Man" playing the last concert at Shea wasn't thrilling
enough, high-wattage guests turned up the excitement level.
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=TONBEN&Key=Y) sang "New York State of Mind" with Joel on Friday, _Aerosmith's_
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=STETYL&Key=Y) performed "Walk This Way," and _Roger Daltrey_
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=ROGDAL&Key=Y) of _The Who_
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=WHO&Key=Y) did "My
Generation. At the end of "My Generation," Joel smashed a guitar against the
stage, breaking it in two.
McCartney came on at the end. He sang "I Saw Her Standing There" while on
guitar and "Let It Be" on piano - the last song of the night. Joel sat on top
of piano and sang backup.
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=GARBRO&Key=Y) appeared on stage earlier wearing a Mets jersey, and in the
audience, one of Joel's famous fans - ex-wife Christie Brinkley - sang along,
word for word, to the chorus of "She's Always a Woman."
During the first installment of Joel's "Last Play at Shea" on Wednesday,
(http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=JOHCOU&Key=Y) came on stage to perform his hit "Pink Houses," and _Don Henley_
underscored the baseball theme with his standard "Boys of Summer."
The Beatles and baseball shared the spotlight at the concerts. Joel played
three Beatles songs ("A Hard Day's Night," "Please, Please Me" and "She Loves
You") during Wednesday's set, and introduced his signature "Piano Man" with
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame." He also played the national anthem to start the
"I want to thank the Beatles for letting us use their room. Best band that
ever was, best band that ever will be," Joel told fans Wednesday.
Diane Gentile saw the Beatles play at Shea in 1966 - their second visit to
the stadium after the historic show a year earlier. Her recollection of that
summer night 42 years ago: "Oh, my God, there are the Beatles on that stage,
and here am I."
"It was unbelievable. It was exciting; you could feel the electricity. Right
before the concert we were singing `Happy Anniversary' to John because his
anniversary was that day," Gentile recalled.
On Friday, Gentile was back at Shea to watch Joel for what she predicted
would be the best concert she'll ever see. - Associated Press
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