Just in time for the holiday season, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list is a jammer, as we will break down the greatest concerts at both Shea Stadium and Citi Field. We will conclude our Seven in Seven Concert series with none other than #1, The Beatles!
August 15, 1965 Concert Stats: The Beatles were at the height of their popularity here, as Shea was packed with over 50,000 screaming fans. The Beatles were the first pop/rock band to play a sports venue of that size.
July 17, 2009 Concert Stats: First concert at Citi Field, one of the last surviving Beatles, need I say more?….Well just a transition from thousands of screaming teens to thousands of wrinkled teens (at heart)
Analysis: Similar to the argument of what movie was better, the original or the sequel, it's hard to see which two of these had more of the significance. Nothing could ever match the musical era that the Beatles at Shea Stadium unleashed. Especially when you look at the following years when it came to their own return in 1966 to other performing/legendary artists such ones pointed out in our Seven in Seven series. The concert in '65 was so intense it lasted 30 minutes, in which that time not even the band could here what they were playing over the crowd noise.
As for McCartney's "knighting" of the new home of the Mets, this one was not only able to usher in a new generation of music but also bring a nostalgic feel to it. From playing hit Beatles favorites, to his own singles and new music from his then recent album. Including performing with Billy Joel, who "shut down" Shea stadium through performing the last concert a the old stadium. Giving his now performance and the new stadium a sense of a continuation. So while not on the same level of significance of "beatlemania," it certainly gave a sence of validation and significance to Citi Field and it's potential concert power.
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