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On the Record with Ken Cino: Lead guitar player of Big Shot (Includes interview)

On performing at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, Cino said, “It feels great. I love this place. I’ve been playing here since 1992. I have a long history with this venue, and so do Mike DelGuidice and Mike Sorretino.”

Cino, “We will definitely do Billy Joel tonight, and Mike [DelGuidice] will throw in some surprises. There will always be classic rock in our set.”

On March 4, DelGuidice’s birthday concert will take place at Mulcahy’s, where Cino noted that they are both “Pisces brothers.” “My birthday is this Monday,” Cino said.

Each day, Cino is motivated by his love for the guitar. “I love playing in a good band, and I like to keep it simple. I like great musicians and I’m very loyal to the guitar,” he said.

For aspiring bands and musicians, he said, “Practice. Keep it real. Don’t waste your time on YouTube. Get a band together and get a couple of gigs together. Start a garage band and you will learn more that way than you will ever learn in anything else.”

The key to longevity in the music industry is “talent.” “What it really comes down to is whoever’s got the most talent and puts the most into it, will get the most out of it,” he said.

He had nothing but the kindest words for Big Shot’s two merchandise ladies, Cheri and Danielle, and thanked them for all their love and support. “There was one night where I had a massive headache and I was really tired, and they ran out the door and got me coffee, and took care of me. They are more than merchandise women, they are really caring individuals and I like them a lot,” he said.

Cino concluded, “I want to thank people for always coming down to shows, and really keeping music alive, and coming out and supporting bands. Live music means a lot to me and I’m glad that it still means something to everybody else.”

Concert Review

At Mulcahy’s last night, on February 18, Big Shot opened their show with “My Life,” and they immediately broke into “All for Leyna” and “New York State of Mind.” The band was comprised of Mike DelGuidice on lead vocals and piano, Cino on lead guitar, Mike Sorrentino on drums, Carmine Giglio on keyboards and Nick Dimichino on bass. They took their fans on a trip down “Allentown,” prior to singing “Movin’ Out,” “Summer, Highland Falls” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” among other Billy Joel classics. Steven Fileti was sensational on harmonica on “Piano Man,” while the entire venue sang along with them.

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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