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article imageReview: Big Shot sells out The Paramount, debuts new single 'Mona Lisa' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 1, 2017 in Music
Huntington - On March 31, the acclaimed Billy Joel tribute band, Big Shot, headlined The Paramount and it performed for a sold-out venue.
Singer-songwriter Alex Shillo served as their opening act. Prior to Big Shot taking the place, a recorded version of Mike DelGuidice's "Nessun Dorma" played in the background.
They kicked off their set with "Angry Young Man," where front-man Mike DelGuidice played piano and harmonica, with Carmine Giglio on background vocals. The opening song was well-received and it garnered them a standing ovation. "Huntington. How are you doing?" DelGuidice asked. "Salud. This is a good-looking audience."
It was followed by "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," where red and blue lights graced the stage and the drum-driven "My Life," where orange lights decorated The Paramount stage.
"Let's get some house lights. I want to see this beautiful audience," DelGuidice said. "Hey!" He immediately broke into the infectious "Say Goodbye To Hollywood," which turned into a neat sing-along. DelGuidice introduced lead guitarist Tommy Byrnes, who has played with Billy Joel for 27 years, and they delivered a charming rendition of "This Is The Time," with saxophone virtuoso John Scarpulla on shakers.
A special treat for The Paramount audience was when the band debuted DelGuidice's new single "Mona Lisa," where blue lights graced the stage. This compelling new tune ought to be enjoyed for its simplicity and tender lyrics (filled with vivid imagery).
After inquiring about the score for the Rangers game (where they were losing 0-2 at that point), DelGuidice introduced John Scarpulla who helped deliver a killer version of "New York State of Mind," with the audience reciting the lyrics verbatim.
He took Billy Joel fans on a trip to "Allentown" and he belted out Aerosmith's "Dream On." Nick Dimichino was fantastic on bass. DelGuidice introduced Chuck Burgi as a Billy Joel band member and dubbed him as a "bad-ass drummer" and rightfully so. They sang "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, which featured a killer drum solo from Burgi. "Everybody get out of here," he told the rest of his band, jokingly, as he performed his solo set. It included the lovey-dovey "She's Always a Woman," "Tiny Dancer" and "Your Song," the latter of which were by Elton John. "You're very good tonight," he told the crowd.
Another fan-favorite was the upbeat "We Didn't Start the Fire." "Sounds like you guys are ready to go home. I'm not ready to go home. Turn the lights up man. There's a lot of people in here tonight. Huntington is my home-town, but I moved to Connecticut. I was walking around tonight in the rain with a big smile on my face. Thanks for coming out tonight. I'm serious," John Scarpulla said, in his closing remarks.
The Verdict
Overall, Big Shot triumphed at The Paramount, just in time for April Fool's Day weekend. Mike DelGuidice thanked The Paramount audience for their fourth consecutive sold-out show. Mike DelGuidice's vocals were rich and remarkable, and the band rocked as a whole. They never cease to amaze. Five out of five stars for this fabulous Billy Joel tribute band.
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