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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Last Play at Shea

One of my treasured memories is Paul McCartney's concert at Citi Field July 17, 2009  I loved every minute of that show, but one of my favorites was when Billy Joel joined him for "I Saw Her Standing There".

But what I didn't mention...How desperately I had wanted to see Billy Joel at Shea the previous year.  I tried to get tickets, but the shows sold out in minutes and secondary markets like StubHub were outrageously priced.  I cried.  Seriously/  I had not felt so bereft since I missed Simon & Garfunkel's 1981 concert in Central Park.

Over this past weekend, though, my pain was eased.  I finally got to see The Last Play at Shea.

What movie can boast a cast that includes Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Keith Hernandez, Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, Tony Bennett and Garth Brooks?    The documentary talks about Robert Moses, the building of Shea, the Mets, the music -- especially the Beatles -- a Billy Joel's biography growing up on Long Island. And pulling it all together, the concerts at Shea.  I laughed and cried my way through the documentary.

Another pain reliever, the concert video itself.  A huge chunk of it was shown on PBS tonight, and the whole show will be released on DVd tomorrow -- Drew pre-ordered 2 copies, one for me and one for him.

So while I missed out on the live experience, I can enjoy it vicariously on DVD...

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