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Big Shot’s Tommy Byrnes discusses Billy Joel and NY Rangers game (Includes interview)

A few days ago, Big Shot performed at the New York Rangers game during intermission. “The Rangers game was a lot of fun,” Byrnes said. “We also did a Knicks game, since going to a sports event at Madison Square Garden is like going to a circus. They are always doing something. It is pretty cool, and we definitely enjoyed it.”

At the New York Rangers hockey game, they performed Billy Joel’s “Pressure,” Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”

Byrnes has been Billy Joel’s musical director for 26 years. As a guitar player, he has played over 40 times at the historic 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. “We just did 28 shows, and then I did 12 Gardens live, so that’s at least 40 shows. I have probably done at least 15 times before that with Billy between his different tours, and all the benefits that we go there for and the Elton John shows.”

Digital Journal’s review of Big Shot’s performance at Mulcahy’s may be seen by clicking here.

To learn more about Big Shot and their tour schedule, check out their official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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