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Chatting with Carmine Giglio of Billy Joel tribute band Big Shot (Includes interview)

“‘Live on the Porch’ is amazing,” he admitted. “It’s great to be back and it’s great to be playing. I was at Mulcahy’s yesterday as well.”

On life in quarantine, Giglio responded, “It has been good. My house, my trees and my lawn have never looked better, so it has been fine.”

Quarantine has afforded him the chance to get productive in a creative and artistic standpoint. “I have been working with Mike [DelGuidice] in the studio, so he has a couple of nice things coming out, which is good. It was a privilege to play on them.”

He shared that his music is “inspired by listening to other amazing musicians and other great music as well.”

When asked about his dream collaboration choices in music, Giglio remarked, “I once heard Don Henley say that he would like to do a duo project with Billy Joel. I would love to be part of that. That would be my dream collaboration. Also, it would be great to work with LeAnn Rimes again. That was one of the highlights of my career.”

On the title of the current chapter of his life, he said, “Right now, it’s called ‘A New Chapter’.”

For Big Shot fans and supporters, he expressed his appreciation. “Thanks for your support and for coming out. Thanks for not being afraid to come out. Hopefully, we will see many more of them in the near future,” he said.

Giglio also serves as the musical director of Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Billy Joel.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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