by Clive Young.
New York (July 21, 2008)–Friday night saw Billy Joel close out the illustrious career of New York’s Shea Stadium as a concert site. The venerable venue, where the Beatles played the first stadium rock show ever in 1965, is scheduled for demolition this fall. To help celebrate the end of an era, Joel played more than 30 songs over the course of a three-hour show that included guest appearances from Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey and Paul McCartney.
Working together on the evening’s audio were (l-r): Grammy-winning producer Phil Ramone; Brian Ruggles, Billy Joel’s FOH engineer since the early 1970s; and Tom Young, longtime FOH engineer for Tony Bennett.
ClairShowco fielded its tried-and-true S4 loudspeakers for the main PA.
A Mets billboard behind the stage; facing Citi Field, currently under construction, the sign can no longer be seen by the public and has been allowed to deteriorate.
Both the FOH and monitor mix positions for the show included Studer Vista 5 consoles.
Paul McCartney’s appearance wasn’t noted on the set list for the evening; “She Loves You” and “Souvenir” were cut in favor of closing the show with “Let It Be,” performed by McCartney with Joel sitting on the piano singing backup.
Temperatures that day hit 97 degrees, but at the monitor mix position, Mike Pirich found it considerably warmer.
Joel and Bennett traded verses on “New York State of Mind” while a bright, orange, full moon rose in the distance.
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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith electrified the crowd with “Walk This Way,” ably assisted by Joel’s musical director / guitarist, Tommy Byrnes.