Billy Joel Rocks Shea Stadium: An Epic Rock Show

Harris DeckerSenior Analyst IJanuary 15, 2017

I understand that Bleacher Report is all about sports, but hey, I'm as big a music fan as I am a Mets fan so I thought I would share my experience from last night's historic concert.

As I walked into Shea Stadium, a stadium that I had been to about 100 times in my life, I had no idea what to expect. A concert at Shea Stadium would be the greatest spectacle to me.

It did not let me down. Billy Joel came onstage near the center field wall at 8:30 and opened his set by asking everyone to rise for the National Anthem. After this it was a string of his greatest songs, ranging from "My Life" to "River of Dreams."

In order to make the night even more memorable he invited special guests John Mayer, Tony Bennet, Don Henley, and John Mellencamp to sing select songs. Don Henley of the Eagles played the "Boys of Summer," especially fitting being in Shea.

Amongst some of the songs there were video tributes to the Mets depicting some of the most memorable moments in Shea's history. From Endy's catch to Piazza's home runs to Tom Seavers brilliance.

At one point Billy sat at his piano and said, "I want to thank the Beatles for letting us use their room. The best band that ever was, best band there ever will be!"

Of course the legend of Shea Stadium as a music venue was started by the Beatles when they played there on August 15, 1965 to about 55,000 people.

I think it was classy of Billy Joel to incorporate a fair amount of classic Beatles songs into his set list. These songs included "Hard Day's Night," and "She Loves You."

Before he closed the show he gave his rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" before going into "Piano Man."

Billy Joel played for an incredible three plus hours! For those of you that do not usually attend concerts, this is incredible. He did not take a break, and sang every single song.

Just to give you a comparison, I saw the Steve Miller Band earlier in the week. Don't get me wrong; they were also amazing, but they played for a mere hour and a half.

Yankees Stadium is historic, we all know this. What that stadium has seen in the baseball world cannot even be described. It saw Ruth, Maris, Joe D., Jeter, and Mantle.

Not taking anything away from Yankees Stadium, but although Shea has only seen two World Series, we have seen some of the greatest concerts of all time, now adding this one to it.

I am a man that enjoys his music and his sports, and I have been to over 50 concerts in my life; this will always be remembered as being on top of that list.