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The Last Play at Shea,
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This review is from: Billy Joel: The Last Play At Shea [DVD] (DVD)Shea Stadium was opened in 1964 and closed in 2008, where Billy Joel did the last ever concert on Friday, July 18th. Now, for New Yorkers, Shea was the home of the Mets, a baseball team. As Sting says, for the British that meant very little. Shea Stadium was where the Beatles played.
DVD has songs from this last concert, interspersed with interviews with Billy Joel, Sid Bernstein (who was the promoter for the Beatles concerts), Sting and Christie Brinkley, among others. It is not a concert as such, more a documentary about the stadium itself and the career of Billy Joel. If you are a fan of Billy Joel then you will enjoy this, as there is lots of great footage and rare clips of his career, interviews with his friends and bandmates and even film of him in his early band, the Hassles.
There are many guest stars at this concert, although Tony Bennett is the only one who is really heard singing, but there are short snippets of Roger Daltrey and Steven Tyler. However, there was one guest, Billy Joel really wanted - Paul McCartney. At the beginning of the concert, Billy Joel says, "I want to thank the Beatles for letting us use their room. Best band that ever was. Best band that ever will be!" I have to agree, but there was a problem. Paul was in England and didn't think he could make the concert as his schedule simply wouldn't allow it. However, when air space was cleared for his plane to land and a police escort rushed him to Shea in eleven minutes, he managed to sing "I saw her standing there" and to finish the night with "Let it Be".
This really is an amazing documentary and, for fans of Billy Joel or Paul McCartney (or both, as I am) this is a must see. Billy Joel is a great performer and it was moving to see him acknowledge that he owes his career to the Beatles and to want a Beatles song to be the last song played at Shea Stadium. Wonderful to watch, very interesting and highly recommended.