Billy Joel’s Lead Guitarist Voted into Long Island Music Hall of Fame

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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Long Island’s D’Addario’s Marketing Could Affect Local Musicians in a Good Way

October 22, 2018:


The well-known string company is making music videos featuring great musicians you may not have heard of:


D'Addario videos


Sarah Thawer, is a self-taught drummer from Toronto, who’s not a household name (yet). A little more than a year ago, she received a call that led to her starring in a music video for an unlikely producer: D’Addario, the century-old, Long Island, family-owned maker of guitar strings and other musical accessories.

Thawer is part of a growing class of quirky virtuosos with big online followings who are helping instrument companies reach new customers. While D’Addario’s sponsored roster also includes starry names like Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer and Cage the Elephant’s Brad Shultz, the company is seeing more traction with smaller, social media-savvy musicians and has consequently been inundated with emails from managers, publicists and labels hoping to put their acts in its videos.

“There’s a lot of value in seeing the in-between, the stuff that’s not perfect, the stuff that’s just conversational,” says Yvette Young, who plays math rock — known for its unconventional time signatures — in D’Addario’s Guitar Power series and has 130,000 Instagram followers.

Could D’Addario be looking for local Long Island musicians for their next series of videos? It’s entirely possible!

Here’s a link to the comprehensive article on this story, written by Grant Rindner, that appeared recently on billboard.com: www.billboard.com/articles/business/8480512/daddario-how-to-music-videos-social-media-stars

Here’s a video that D’Addario produced, that’s part of their Guitar Power Series:



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In case you missed any of Under the Radar’s recent blogs

October 17, 2018:


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Decadia up for ‘Best of Long Island’ Awards

October 15, 2018:


The Long Island tribute band Decadia has been nominated for two “Best of Long Island” honors in the 2019 “Best of Long Island” competition:


Long Island Band Decadia


They will be competing for “Best Cover Band” and “Best Band- Noncover” in the iconic and highly acclaimed “Best of Long Island” contests.

Decadia is well-known for performing such themed shows as “80′s and Beyond,” “Grease Tribute” and “Blockbusters.”

According to the band’s website (link below):

“Although Decadia started out as an ’80s cover band, they have developed into so much more. An eight piece band fronted by three world class vocalists, they are able to perform a huge variety of material, and deliver the songs with the high energy needed to make audiences dance until they drop.

As New York’s premier ’80s cover band, a Decadia show is jam packed with your favorite hits from the ’80s but also includes ’70s classics, ’90s favorites blockbuster movie soundtracks and current hits.”


Over the weekend, Decadia performed at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, along with the band 45 RPM.

On Friday, November 30, Decadia will be returning to Mulcahy’s for their Grease tribute show, where they will perform the iconic songs from the classic play and film. Additionally on a large screen backdrop, you will see video scenes televised.

Here’s a video of the band performing Grease cover songs:



To learn more about Decadia and their music, check out their website: https://decadialive.com/home

And here’s a link to their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/decadialive/

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Taking Back Sunday – a New Album, 20th Anniversary, and World Tour

October 11, 2018:


It’s been quite a month for Long Island’s Taking Back Sunday. Besides their new album, and planned huge tour, they were just chosen to be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame:


Long Island band Taking Back Sunday


Craft Recordings is excited to announce a special collaboration with Taking Back Sunday, in recognition of the band’s 20th anniversary. As part of this year-long celebration, the band will be launching an extensive world tour.

The group will be paying tribute to their extensive catalog – and their fans – with the very unusual effort of performing full album concerts. Craft is planning to release a special career (to date)-spanning compilation, titled Twenty. The 21-song collection will be released in January 2019, and will span all seven of their full-length albums, and is also going to contain a couple of surprises.

The pre-order for Twenty will launch October 30, 2019.

Meanwhile check out the band’s official tour trailer video:



“It feels strange to say out loud…2019 marks 20 years since I joined Taking Back Sunday and my life changed forever,” remarks singer Adam Lazzara. “So, next year we will be traveling the world to celebrate the amazing brotherhood, music and life we have created together over the past 20 years. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an experience to remember.”

To see the complete article on this story, please visit the Broadwayworld.com site. click here: www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Taking-Back-Sunday-Announces-20th-Anniversary-Celebration-With-New-Album-and-World-Tour-20181009

To visit the band’s official website, click here: www.takingbacksunday.com/

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