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article imageReview: Big Shot terrific at Mulcahy's for rare Friday fall concert Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 8, 2016 in Music
Wantagh - On October 7, Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot performed a rare Friday night fall concert at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall, and Billy Joel music never sounded better.
DelGuidice opened with the infectious "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)." "Mulcahy's. How are you? It's great to be back," DelGuidice said. It was followed by "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and he picked up the pace with "My Life," as yellow and green lights dimmed from the stage.
"All right. Anybody looking forward to the presidential debate?" he asked, prior to breaking into "Say Goodbye To Hollywood," with vibrant blue lights.
He continued with "Vienna" and he subsequently had a toast with his Mulcahy's audience. "Let's get a little drink up," he said, referring to the positive things in the sports world, while sharing that he is a fan of the New York Mets.
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" had a neat echo effect to it, featuring DelGuidice's exquisite piano playing and captivating vocals. He went on to introduce John Scarpulla for his saxophone prowess, and had the crowd singing along to "New York State of Mind."
He picked up the pace with the upbeat "Keeping the Faith," which was incorporated as a sing-along, and he took Billy Joel fans from the 80's back to "Allentown." DelGuidice gave a shout-out to Kenny Cino on guitar. He showed us his classic rock side by covering Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," with white laser lights gracing the stage.
DelGuidice delivered an inspirational version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and after "Goodnight Saigon," everybody was chanting "U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A." His solo performance of "She's Always a Woman" was mellow, as if he were singing a tender lullaby.
Equally outstanding was his solo piano-driven rendition of "The Downeaster Alexa," where he accompanied himself on piano, and showcased his incredible three-octave range on key. It was followed by the beloved Elton John hit "Tiny Dancer."
"Mulcahy's. Thank you," he said, prior to giving a shout-out to a birthday in the house. He had everybody clapping along to "We Didn't Start The Fire," which featured a killer drum solo from Chuck Burgi and a neat guitar solo from Kenny Cino.
After "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" and "I Go to Extremes," he closed with "Only the Good Die Young" and "Piano Man," where Steven Fileti played harmonica.
The Verdict
After seeing Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot perform countless times in the Long Island area, this may have been their best show yet. It felt like a true "Billy Joel Greatest Hits" show, and all the songs were stellar, included their classic rock covers. The connection he has with his fans and audience is magnificent. DelGuidice and his band earned five out of five stars.
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