Billy Joel will be last Shea show

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The razing of Shea Stadium later this year marks the end of an era for baseball fans, but it's also closing the door on a chapter of pop music history that began in 1965 when the Beatles became the first pop group to play a concert at a U.S. sports stadium.

Billy Joel will play the final notes at Shea on Friday in a performance to be documented for a film and DVD titled "Last Play at Shea," slated for release next year. Several guest artists are expected at the concert, which is one of only a handful that have been held at Shea in the 43 years since the Beatles played.

Other rock acts that performed at the stadium include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

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