Billy Joel Bids Goodbye to Shea Stadium
during two star-studded concerts at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York
on July 16th and 18th of 2008 before it was torn down to make way for Citi Field
The concerts featured guest appearances
by Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Steven Tyler,
Roger Daltrey, John Mellencamp, Don Henley, and Paul McCartney
It seemed like the entire population of Long Island showed up
at New York's Shea Stadium
for the first of Billy Joel's two-night send-off to the home of the New York Mets
The opening song
Joel played to the occasion
altering the lyrics of "Miami 2017" to
"They said the Mets can stay, but they can't play at Shea"
Joel occupied the center-field stage
playing a hits-filled set that had the vast majority of the sold-out stadium
of 50,000-plus singing along note for note
Joel's clear voice never wavered
even after spirited versions of "Allentown" and "The Ballad of Billy the Kid"
Throughout the evening, Joel celebrated the Beatles
who played the first concert of their 1965 tour at Shea Stadium...
"I want to thank the Beatles for letting us use their room" Joel remarked
The tribute began
when Joel segued from "River of Dreams" into "A Hard Day's Night,"
and later included "Please Please Me" and "She Loves You"
John Mellencamp, dug into his catalog
performing a rousing version of "Pink Houses"
with an ad-libbed line about rising gas prices
Joel strapped on his electric guitar
for his two heaviest songs, "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me"
For his encore
Joel played an additional including "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and a "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sing-along that turned into the crowd favorite "Piano Man," with the band dropping out to let the crowd serenade the man who'd provided them with so many beloved hits over the years!
"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
"Angry Young Man"
"Everybody Loves You Now"
"The Ballad of Billy the Kid"
"New York State of Mind" (with Tony Bennett)
"Big Man on Mulberry Street"
"Root Beer Rag"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"This is the Time" (with John Mayer)
"Keeping the Faith"
"The Downeaster Alexa"
"Stand By Me"/"An Innocent Man"
"Boys of Summer" (with Don Henley)
"She's Always a Woman"
"River of Dreams"/"A Hard Day's Night"
"Pink Houses" (with John Mellencamp)
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
"It's Still Rock & Roll to Me"
"You May Be Right"
"Please Please Me"
"Scenes From an Italian Restaurant"
"Only the Good Die Young"
"She Loves You"
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"