This Weekend in 2008 - Billy Joel Bids Goodbye to New York's Shea Stadium

July 16, 2016

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!



Set List

"Star-Spangled Banner"
"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
"Angry Young Man"
"My Life"
"Everybody Loves You Now"
"The Entertainer"
"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)"
"Goodnight Saigon"
"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"
"Captain Jack"
"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"
"Piano Man"





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