Joel Movin' Out of Shea

Piano Man will play the last shows at iconic venue that first hosted the Beatles
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2008 7:47 AM CDT
Singer Billy Joel poses with a New York Mets jersey after a news conference announcing his upcoming concert at Shea Stadium on July 16. It has been billed the "Last Play at Shea."   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – His idols set a pop-cultural milestone by playing a concert there in 1965, and now Billy Joel will be the last musician to rock Shea Stadium, reports the New York Sun. Since the Beatles turned to sports venues to fit their legions of screaming fans, the home of the Mets has hosted everyone from The Police to The Boss to the Pope.

That makes Joel's "Last Play at Shea" concerts, on July 16 and 18, quite the events—and quite the honor. The old stadium will meet the wrecking ball at the end of this baseball season, but it's not the end of loud, elaborately staged stadium rock in Queens. Shiny new Citi Field will be ready next spring.