On November 8th, Billy Joel will be on hand to induct his longtime guitarist Tommy Byrnes and good friend, singer/songwriter Elliott Murphy into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHOF). Newsday reported that at the ceremony at The Space at Westbury, Public Enemy’s Chuck D will join DJ Chuck Chillout to induct rappers EPMD, with this year's inductees also including folk singer Melanie, legendary New York City disc jockey Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow, Taking Back Sunday, while Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling will induct Rich Branciforte, the founder of Good Times magazine, and the Cowsills doing the honors for their producer — and Woodstock festival organizer — Artie Kornfeld.
The other 2018 LIMHOF inductees are singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Woodstock festival organizer Michael Lang, Sha-Na-Na's Jon “Bowzer” Bowman, and jazz trumpeter Glenn Drewes.
Billy Joel explained that it was written in the cards that barring a two year jaunt in L.A., playing in a piano bar — Long Island was his natural habitat: “My perspective of things all come from a Long Island point of view. I've realized that. I've traveled all over the world, I've traveled a lot in the United States — I wasn't really sure where I was gonna end up — but the more I traveled, the more I felt this is where I'm from. I'm from this island that sticks out to the East of New York City. There really isn't a lot of other places like Long Island. Sure, there's a little bit of it in Jersey, a little bit of it in New England — a little bit of it. But Long Island is an island. We're isolated from everything else. We're with each other — we all rub off on each other (laughs) for better or for worse, and that's what makes us Long Islanders.”
AUDIO: BILLY JOEL ON LONG ISLAND