About Billy Joel’s 'The Last Play At Shea'

The Last Play At Shea

”The Last Play at Shea” is a unique documentary concept intended to escape the traditional narrative and current trend of biographical rock documentaries. Through the prism of Billy Joel’s extraordinary career and blue collar perspective, “The Last Play at Shea” chronicles the waning days of Shea Stadium through a tapestry of performance, historical documentary and personal journey while at the same time providing audiences with a pop-culture snapshot of a seminal era in New York history.

The film weaves interviews with players and performers and exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer and Roger Daltrey, among others.

“The Last Play at Shea” world premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and is directed by Paul Crowder and produced by Nigel Sinclair and Steve Cohen, in cooperation with Billy Joel’s Maritime Pictures.

On March 8th, Legacy Recordings released "Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert," a full-length concert CD and DVD of Billy Joel's historic shows at Shea Stadium. "Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert" features more than two hours of Billy and his band offering definitive, and often transcendent versions of hits, rarities, deep catalog, personal favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises.

'The Last Play At Shea' and 'Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert' News

  1. 'The Last Play At Shea' On Showtime - Watch New Video - November 7, 2011
  2. 'The Last Play At Shea' To Premiere On Showtime November 11th! - October 6, 2011
  3. New Billy Joel Q&A - What Is Your Favorite Mets Moment? - May 25, 2011
  4. 'The Last Play At Shea' 3-Day Online Exclusive At Mets.com And MLB.com! - April 13, 2011
  5. New Billy Joel Q&A - How Did You And Paul McCartney Get Together? - April 13, 2011
  6. Live at Shea Stadium Rockets to #1 on Billboard Top Music DVD/Video Chart - March 21, 2011
  7. New Billy Joel Q&A - How Do You Feel When You Watch 'The Last Play At Shea?' - March 16, 2011
  8. Billy Joel's 'Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert' In Stores Now! - March 8, 2011
  9. Rolling Stone Features Billy Joel Playing 'Summer Highland Falls' - March 8, 2011
  10. AOL Music Features 'We Didn't Start The Fire' From 'Live At Shea Stadium' - March 8, 2011
  11. Watch 'Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)' from 'Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert!' - March 7, 2011
  12. Updated TV Schedule For 'Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert' Airing On PBS - March 3, 2011
  13. New Billy Joel Q&A - How Did The Movie 'The Last Play At Shea' Get Started? - March 2, 2011
  14. Watch 'Only The Good Die Young' From 'Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert!' - March 1, 2011
  15. TV Schedule For 'Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert' Airing On PBS - February 18, 2011
  16. Watch New Billy Joel 'Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert' Trailer! - February 15, 2011
  17. 'The Last Play At Shea' Now Plays On DVD, Today, February 8th! - February 8, 2011
  18. Watch Video From 'The Last Play At Shea' Documentary Film Featuring Christie Brinkley - February 8, 2011
  19. Billy Joel 'Live At Shea Stadium' Photos! - January 31, 2011
  20. 'Billy Joel - Live At Shea Stadium' To Be Released March 8th, Broadcast Edition To Air On PBS In March - January 24, 2011
  21. 'The Last Play At Shea' Rated A Critics' Pick By The New York Times! - October 29, 2010
  22. 'The Last Play At Shea' Gets Top Rating At NY1 - October 28, 2010
  23. 'The Last Play At Shea' In The New York Times - October 27, 2010
  24. 'The Last Play At Shea' is a HOME RUN in its US theatrical opening! - October 26, 2010
  25. Listen To Billy Joel On The Mark And Brian Radio Show - October 21, 2010
  26. Piano Man Billy Joel Hits A Homer With Concert Film Doc 'Last Play at Shea' - October 21, 2010
  27. Billy Joel Featured In USA Today, Previews Upcoming Projects - October 20, 2010
  28. Billy Joel Interviewed By Howard Stern - October 20, 2010
  29. 'The Last Play At Shea' Premiere Official Press Release - October 19, 2010
  30. 'The Last Play At Shea' Official Movie Trailer - October 15, 2010
  31. 'The Last Play At Shea' In Theaters October 21st - October 4, 2010
  32. Billy Joel At Hamptons International Film Festival's SummerDocs Series - September 7, 2010
  33. The Citi Field Premiere of Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" By Dana Brand - August 23, 2010
  34. Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres at Citi Field Saturday, August 21 - July 27, 2010
  35. Variety Reviews “The Last Play At Shea” - May 3, 2010
  36. First Review "The Last Play At Shea" - April 28, 2010
  37. ”Last Play at Shea” Public Screenings - April 28, 2010
  38. ”The Last Play At Shea” premieres at Tribeca - April 27, 2010
  39. Last Play At Shea: World Premiere - March 17, 2010
  40. Watch Exclusive Interview and Performance of Billy Joel on MLB.com! - July 7, 2008
  41. Billy’s ‘Last Play At Shea’ Concerts, Sold Out In 45 Minutes! - July 2, 2008

About Billy Joel

Having sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning over 40 years, Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world.

Mr. Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. He received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies, for his Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II. His other musical ventures include “Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Mr. Joel’s music, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, which garnered Mr. Joel his first Tony Award for Best Orchestrations.

Most recently, Mr. Joel became the final artist to perform at the legendary Shea Stadium. He performed to 110,000 people at the historic “The Last Play at Shea” concert on July 16 and 18, 2008. The shows sold out in a record-breaking 45 minutes. This marked the Bronx-born Long Island-raised show business legend as the only artist to perform at Yankee, Giants and Shea Stadium. In 2006, Mr. Joel broke the Madison Square Garden record for the longest sequence of sold-out shows by a single artist. On April 24, 2006, at the twelfth show of that same sold-out MSG run, Billy broke his own record and Madison Square Garden celebrated the event in true New York style, raising a banner emblazoned with “#12″ to the venue’s rafters. Mr. Joel became the first non-athlete ever to be honored with a “retired” number on the rafters of the Garden.

Mr. Joel received Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1978 for his song “Just the Way You Are,” Album of the Year in 1979 for “52nd Street,” and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1979 for “52nd Street” and in 1980 for “Glass Houses.” In 1990 Mr. Joel was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, he was also presented with the Johnny Mercer Award in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His other awards include the ASCAP Founders Award, the BMI Career Achievement Award, the American Music Awards Award of Merit, and the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.

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Comments

Re: About Billy Joel’s 'The Last Play At Shea'

Wud u believe I only got around to seeing this little masterpiecen recently inspite of the fact that I am one of Billys biggest fans and I was really impressed from start to finish. Shea Stadium was obviously alot more than a baseball stadium, it was very dear to a lot of peoples hearts for lots of different reasons and nobody could think of a better way to bring the curtain down on it than have Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and friends play there for its last show. Billys catalog of song have gems in there to suit everyones taste and this is the reason that I and so many fans fell in love with his music because we could see our very own stories and plights of everyday life reflected in these very songs and for that I thank you very much Billy but a special mention must go to the producers and directors of this film for including so many people that had a history with Shea Stadium from that great Irish man Pete Flynn to Paul McCartney. Thanks to everyone that made this film possible and may I wish Pete Flynn all the best in his retirement. Finally, may I advise everyone, wheather your from Queens, a New Yorker, an American or Irish or where ever to watch this and get ready to be moved in a wonderfull way. Thanks once again guys and thank you Billy. Enjoy everyone.

Galway Guy

Re: About Billy Joel’s 'The Last Play At Shea'

Wud u believe I only got around to seeing this little masterpiecen recently inspite of the fact that I am one of Billys biggest fans and I was really impressed from start to finish. Shea Stadium was obviously alot more than a baseball stadium, it was very dear to a lot of peoples hearts for lots of different reasons and nobody could think of a better way to bring the curtain down on it than have Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and friends play there for its last show. Billys catalog of song have gems in there to suit everyones taste and this is the reason that I and so many fans fell in love with his music because we could see our very own stories and plights of everyday life reflected in these very songs and for that I thank you very much Billy but a special mention must go to the producers and directors of this film for including so many people that had a history with Shea Stadium from that great Irish man Pete Flynn to Paul McCartney. Thanks to everyone that made this film possible and may I wish Pete Flynn all the best in his retirement. Finally, may I advise everyone, wheather your from Queens, a New Yorker, an American or Irish or where ever to watch this and get ready to be moved in a wonderfull way. Thanks once again guys and thank you Billy. Enjoy everyone.

Galway Guy

Re: About Billy Joel’s 'The Last Play At Shea'

A bittersweet watch for me. I visited the 1964 World's fair while in grammar school, grew up watching the Beatles, Billy Joel's music has always been my favorite. On July 7 1972 I attended a METS game at Shea, only to discover on my return home that night that my younger sister was killed in an accident. It has been hard to think of Shea stadium since then but I really enjoyed this,,,Thanks for good memories.

Re: About Billy Joel’s 'The Last Play At Shea'

I saw this movie several times a day after buying it. It is one of the best documentary films I have seen in a long time. An amazing movie with a great story behind it. Billy Joel was definately the perfect person to play at Shea for the final time.

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