October 27, 2018:

Veteran guitarist Tommy Byrnes, gets the prestigious honor in a couple of weeks:

Tommy Byrnes Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Billy Joel Band, Big Shot Band

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on November 8th at The Space at Westbury.

Byrnes will be inducted by his boss, the “Piano Man” Billy Joel. Byrnes is from the South Shore of Long Island and has been in Billy Joel’s band for 28 years.

Byrnes has been Billy Joel’s musical director during those 28 years and as a guitar player, he has played over 50 times at Madison Square Garden. “I was told the other day, that I have played there more than any other guitar player, and I have never thought of it that way,” he said.

His 28 years with he band makes him the third-longest current member behind multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Crystal Taliefero and saxophonist Mark Rivera. Byrnes will be going into the Hall of Fame under the category of Long Island Hired Gun Award.

If you haven’t thought much about hired guns, check out on Netflix, the documentary titled Hired Gun. If offers an inside glimpse into the world of hired musicians and what they go through.

Besides playing in Billy Joel’s band, Tommy Byrnes is also a member of the Billy Joel tribute band, Big Shot, which is fronted by Mike DelGuidice on lead vocals and piano. DelGuidice is also in Billy Joel’s band, playing rhythm guitar and is known for his remarkably similar sounding Billy Joel voice which makes him perfectly suited for background vocals.

Want to see a snippet of Byrnes guitar abilities? Check out his guitar solo, from Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantaugh:

For more information on Billy Joel, please visit his official homepage: https://www.billyjoel.com/

To learn more about Big Shot and their tour dates, check out their official website: https://bigshottributeband.com/

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