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article imageReview: Big Shot kicks off fall with Billy Joel tribute show at Mulcahy's Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 23, 2018 in Music
Wantagh - On September 22, the Billy Joel tribute band Big Shot kicked off the fall season with a concert at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall.
Fronted by Mike DelGuidice (who is also a member in Billy Joe's live band as his guitar player and backup singer), Big Shot performed all of the '80s Billy Joel classics. The band's line-up for this show included Ken Cino on guitar, Nick Dimichino on bass, Mike Sorrentino on drums, John Scarpulla on saxophone and Carmine Giglio on the keyboard. The powerhouse songs of the night were the sax-driven "New York State of Mind" and "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant."
After they rocked "We Didn't Start The Fire," Steven Fileti played harmonica on the Billy Joel standard "Piano Man," which they incorporated as a crowd singalong. They picked up the pace with the upbeat "Only The Good Die Young," and he displayed his tremendous pipes on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," which was followed by a drum solo from drummer Mike Sorrentino.
DelGuidice thanked the fans at Mulcahy's for allowing them to perform at this Nassau County venue for almost 20 years. "Salud. Cheers. Thank so much for coming out all these years and supporting the band," he said. "Here's to Billy Joel for writing all these unbelievable songs," he added.
Equally fun was "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," and DelGuidice went out in the audience and serenaded them to "You May Be Right." They closed with the Beatles classic "Hey Jude." "God bless you guys. Thank you so much. We will see you next time," he said.
One of the most special moments of the night was when DelGuidice and the band dedicated "The Downeaster Alexa" to this journalist, especially since it is his all-time favorite Billy Joel recording.
Most recently, DelGuidice hosted a virtual concert as part of his "On The Porch" series, which was equally awesome as his concert at Mulcahy's.
To learn more about Big Shot and their forthcoming events, check out their official website.
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