“I know, I suck,” Billy Joel told a sold-out Shea Stadium Wednesday night, apologizing for scheduling a second Last Play At Shea at the Mets ballpark two days later. I attended the first night (yes I am from Long Island) and the special guests were Tony Bennett, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, and John Mayer, who I predicted because he just seems like a Billy Joel fan. The Beatles famously played Shea’s first rock concert in ’65, and it surprised absolutely no one when Macca came on night two; the three Beatles covers played on Wedneday were a hint. Between songs (every album was represented), the Piano Man spritzed his throat and mopped his brow with a towel. It looked sad on the Jumbotron, but thank god for that Jumbotron because my seats were abysmal. The guy who put encore “Let It Be” on YouTube was in the front row.

Highlights from night one: “Allentown,” any song with a reference to the tri-state area (i.e., most songs), Carl Fisher’s fugelhorn solo on “Zanzibar,” and not having to hear “Walk This Way” (Steven Tyler was a special guest Friday, along with Garth Brooks and Roger Daltrey).

This is all going to be in a documentary/DVD in the near future. Here is John Mayer on “This Is The Time.” You thought you were reading Stereogum today, but actually Welcome To Prom you guys.

Comments (5)
  1. David  |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2008 0

    I wish that fewer people knew the lyrics to “Let It Be.”

  2. zippo  |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2008 0

    and in other, just as relevant news, my cat vomited this morning, like she usually does after eating that really rich canned food. it was mostly hairball today, but still…unpleasant to clean up.

  3. Paul McCartney is still great and I love Billy Joel. I wish I had been there.

  4. Micahel O'Shea  |   Posted on Jan 2nd, 2009 0

    WOW. I have seen ALL the giants and have never seen an audience as excited as i did when I saw McCartney walk on stage on the very last night of Shea Stadium service! You couldn’t squeeze that much audience reaction by putting 20 of the top recording acts of 2008 on stage all at once. Today’s pop music sucks…especially when compared to greats like Billy and Paul. McCartney is magic!

  5. Lazerus Long  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2009 0

    Just a short story, In 1975 I met Billy in the Mountains above Boulder Colorado and the band was watching Looney Tunes, I think, and playing one of the first video games “Tanks”. I can’t believe it’s been 33 years!! Oh I almost forgot, Billy is a great boat builder too!
    As for the legendary Paul McCartney, he was seen shopping in east Tucson back in the 70′s. I think he used to swim with his kids in the same proximity! I lived in Tucson and Oracle for many years after Colorado. My friend in Tucson looked just like Paul in the 70′s and they had a mock up Beatles band that played all over Tucson!
    Billy and Paul will be forever loved by many and they won’t be forgotten that easily!

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