New York Flyers celebrates 40 years of Rock ‘n Roll


BAND2_oThis Saturday, a piece of Central New York music history comes alive! The New York Flyers will be performing at The Palace Theater located at 2384 James St. in Syracuse. This is the 40th anniversary of one of the biggest and most influential bands to come out of the CNY music scene. In the mid-seventies, The New York Flyers burst onto the music scene with a sound and a show that was unrivaled by any other band at that time. Backed by a wall of Marshall Amplifiers, thunderous drums, powerful vocals and with unparalleled energy, the Flyers put on a performance like no one else in Central New York. From pyrotechnics, like the Wall of Fire, to confetti cannons and flaming drumsticks, they set the bar for live musical acts throughout the state, as well as up and down the east coast.


Once original members, guitarist/vocalist, Chris Tso and keyboardist, Phil Dalessandro got together with drummer Earl “The Pearl” Hamilton something special began to develop. Not long after, the final piece of the puzzle was added in the form of Mike Marzullo on bass and vocals. All natives of New York State, their chemistry was evident the first time they played together and only strengthened throughout the years. These guys didn’t just play the songs, they performed! From the 70’s right through the mid 80’s, The New York Flyers remained at the top of the heap of a local music scene that included great talent like Wail, 805, The Jimmy Carter Show, Alecstar and countless others. Four or five nights a week, this hard rocking quartet would be headlining clubs like Syracuse’s Poor House North, Club 37 and The Lost Horizon; The Waterfront and Four Acres in Utica, as well as Rochester area venues like The Penny Arcade and The Orange Monkey; Al’s Warehouse in Oswego, not to mention countless other clubs in and around the entire state of New York and up and down the east coast. They also blasted onto the stage as an opening act for a number of legendary artists, such as Loverboy, Eddie Money, Autograph and Black Sabbath as well as headlining a show in which the opening act was an up and coming Pat Benetar. The Flyers played over 1700 shows in 17 states and Canada in their ten years of existence.


BAND4_nChris’ mind blowing live performance, monster sound, great vocals and ability to write original songs that stick with you long after the show ends, is what makes him the quintessential hard rock guitar player. You can see that he doesn’t just play the guitar, he channels his energy through it and out of those massive Marshall stacks. Earl “The Pearl” Hamilton’s powerful drumming style, superb harmonies and ability to make everyone in the audience feel like they are onstage with the Flyers, are why he is widely considered one of the greatest showmen to get behind a set of drums, in Central New York. He always keeps the crowd engaged and is a joy to watch behind the kit. Phil isn’t just the driving force behind the one of a kind Flyers stage show, he’s also the man behind the keyboard and knows how to entertain an audience. With a palpable energy, he plays those keys like no other and when he straps on that keytar, watch out, because the energy level in the room hits the roof. Powerful vocals, energy and grooving bass lines are just a few of the things that make Mike Marzullo a one of a kind talent. Not only does he lay down a killer back beat and produce lead vocals that are a rare combination of powerful and silky smooth, but he also adds an aggressiveness to his playing that will not be seen elsewhere. When you combine all of that talent on one stage, the energy it produces has nowhere to go, except out into the crowd. The fans have always been the most important thing to The New York Flyers. The philosophy behind every New York Flyers show was and is simply this; “When the fans come out and see us, we want to give them double the entertainment they expect.”


BAND3_oThe New York Flyers have a wide range of individual influences that including such hard rock greats Roger Glover, Tommy Aldridge, John Lord and Ronnie Montrose. You can hear these influences in their songs as well as their individual styles. The roots of the Flyers’ music lies within the range of Judas Priest, Montrose and Deep Purple, just to name a few. Their stage show was heavily influenced by KISS, establishing the idea that you don’t just go out to hear The New York Flyers, you go out to experience them. The Flyers were a feast for the ears as well as the eyes and nothing has changed in four decades! When these guys power onto the stage at The Palace Theater this Saturday, it will be obvious to everyone in attendance that they haven’t missed a beat in forty years. There have been a few reunion shows over the years, starting in 2004, all prompted by the fans, but this will be the biggest of them all. Their set will consist of mostly originals, including all of your New York Flyer favorites and maybe a couple of signature covers sprinkled into the mix. This will be a show for the ages. Whether you’re a longtime New York Flyers devotee, a newcomer to the Flyers family or just a fan of the Syracuse music scene in general, this is a Must See Show!


This is an all age’s event and there will be a cash bar. Tickets for this show are only $12 and you can be purchased online at or at the door. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the rock starts at 8 p.m. Come experience the energy and the power of The New York Flyers at The Palace Theater in Syracuse. A 40th anniversary party like nothing you have seen before!



[symple_box color=”blue” text_align=”center” width=”” float=”none”]New York Flyers
When: 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30), Saturday, Oct. 3
Where: Palace Theater, 2384 James St., in Syracuse
Why: Because the rock never stops with The New York Flyers


Ted Snyder / The Fuze Magazine

Photos Courtesy of Rocktographer Meek and New York Flyers Facebook page 


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