Classic Rock Corner

Billy Joel Safe At Home In Final Play At Shea

Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert Sony Legacy, $13.98

While not a Queens-bred boy, what better choice for a musical performer to close out Shea before its demolition than Billy Joel? Filmed over two nights in July 2008, this 2-CD/1-DVD package offers a great overview of Joel's career, and the Piano Man sings and plays with a gusto fitting for the occasion.

But while many highlights include some of his best-known songs ("She's Always a Woman," "You May Be Right," "Captain Jack"), it's the many lesser-known numbers - "Summer, Highland Falls," "Zanzibar," "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" - that really make an impression. Ultimately, the generous 25-song set list is wisely balanced to appeal to all levels of fans.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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