Paul McCartney & Billy Joel, “Let It Be” at Shea Stadium

Redefining the very architecture of song writing, The Beatles are more than just a group of men; they are the soul soothing generation of revolutionary conquests and feats. The late hit, “Let It Be,” encompasses their journey as a band but also tells the story of a beloved American structure. Shea Stadium arose in 1964 as the house of the New York Mets. In August of ’65 The Beatles christened the stadium as the first concert performance to light up the hearts and bring together the fans of Shea. In October of ’08 the Stadium came to the fate of demolition, but not before a monumental event took place within those walls. Billy Joel was deemed to be the last artist to perform at Shea, until Paul McCartney took the stage with “Let It Be.”

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be

These words of wisdom from the artist who saw the birth of Shea gave peace to those beloved fans. Watching Paul McCartney give the symbolic goodbye gave me chills, as his very presence told the journey of the stadium and the meaning of “let it be.” This Beatles classic gave one last praise to Shea as all the fans joined in song at the flourishing history of a New York powerhouse.

—Meredith Cook