Billy Joel will have those Mets fans feelin’ alright at Shea Stadium the night before the all-star game. On July 16th, “The Last Play at Shea,” starring the Top 40 star, will be the final concert at the stadium before the Mets move to their new digs at Citi Field.
“Shea Stadium is one of the most hallowed venues in rock and roll history and it’s an honor to help throw Shea the ultimate concert farewell party,” Mr. Joel said in a statement obtained by the Czar. “As a sports fan and a music lover, I will always have a place for Shea Stadium in my heart. I thank the Mets for giving me and my fans a chance to rock Shea Stadium one last time for the ages.”
According to that press release, Mr. Joel‘s July 16 performance at Shea will put a punctuation mark on America’s birthplace of stadium rock. Shea Stadium played host to the Beatles on August 15, 1965, the first concert to be held at a major sports arena. Other rock and roll hall of famers to play Shea include the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Police, Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Even Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix made a little known appearance at Shea for the 1970 Summer Festival for Peace.
Tickets for “Last Play at Shea” go on sale Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. at www.507tixx.com.