When a Billy Joel song is played, whether it be on the radio, in a bar, at a hotel piano lounge, or by any of the 1000's of "cover bands" that perform every night on Long Island, people pause for a second or two and pay attention... It's something that's reserved for when a listener/fan recognizes something as "their own". When lyrics hit so close to home at times that they can make the listener smile, or weep. When the music can make someone dance uncontrollably or remain completely motionless in anticipation of hearing their favorite part of the song...
The "Angry Young Men" understand that connection better than most. Billy Joel's entire catalogue is metaphorically "embedded in their souls, as well as encoded in each of their DNA."
The AYM's "Piano Man", Dean James Silva, plays and sings Billy's songs complimenting every song from the catalogue with a unique flair. The band is rounded out by Lee Nelson on Drums and Vocals, Doug Odell on Bass and Vocals, Brian McKeever on Guitars, Doug Leax on Keyboards & Synths, and Annie Moston on Harmonies and Percussion. The AYM recreates the vibe of the early days of Billy Joel's career, playing every song with that NY style grit and attitude.
In the grand scheme of "all things Billy Joel", there's no shortage of Billy Joel tribute bands worldwide. At present, the count is around 25 of them. HOWEVER, having 3 of the most notable BJTB's on the planet (not to mention BJ himself) in such close proximity, Angry Young Men knew that being Long Islanders and starting yet ANOTHER BJTB, they'd REALLY have to come to the proverbial "table" and sound amazing... or not bother at all. Coming to the table is something they have done astonishingly well. The drive behind the band and their unwavering motivation to give the best performance at every show is the key to a successful evening. All one needs to do is experience an AYM show and the precise emulation of Billy Joel's songs come through loud and clear. The band is connected to the music they play on many levels. One might say that growing up Long Islanders, they were "born with it".
Angry Young Men is a great band to see! Catch them before they're not a secret anymore...!
Several years ago, The AYM was honored to have Billy Joel's right man, Mike DelGuidice sit in for a few songs during a show!
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