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Review: Big Shot amazing at Mulcahy’s for Super Bowl weekend (Includes first-hand account)

Front-man Mike DelGuidice was dressed in a white buttoned down shirt, and he kicked off his set with “A Matter of Trust.” He was joined by Ken Cino on lead guitar, Mike Sorrentino on drums, Carmine Giglio on keys, John Scarpulla on sax and Nick Dimichino on bass.

They continued with “My Life,” as Cino rocked his red guitar. “Mulcahy’s. How we doing?” DelGuidice asked, prior to introducing John Scarpulla on sax, where he played “New York State of Mind,” with his killer sax solo, as red lights dimmed from the stage.

DelGuidice displayed his tremendous vocal range on “An Innocent Man,” and equally fun was “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” as the crowd was singing along, where pink and yellow lights dimmed from the stage.

He joked that they hadn’t done “Don’t Ask Me Why” in a while, so it would “probably suck,” but the band was able to nail it as always. He noted that the Super Bowl is taking place this weekend, and inquired as to whether or not the fans want Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl victory, and the venue was evenly divided on that topic.

They immediately broke into “Keeping The Faith” and they subsequently gave the audience a history lesson with an exceptional rendition of “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” as everybody was clapping along. He went on to introduce Ken Cino on guitar.

“How many Italian people in the audience?” DelGuidice asked, prior to dedicating “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” to them. “If you’re not Italian, I apologize,” he said.

DelGuidice showcased his versatility by belting out Journey’s inspirational “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which had a neat echo effect to it, and he dedicated Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to Ricky Cappiello in the sound and lighting booth. The band played “The Downeaster Alexa” and it sounded incredible, and it was followed by solo versions of “She’s Always a Woman” and Elton John’s “Your Song.” Steven Fileti rocked on harmonica on “Piano Man,” thus complimenting Big Shot.

The Verdict

Although the New England Patriots are versing the Atlanta Falcons, the true winners of Super Bowl weekend were Big Shot at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, for delivering yet another dynamic and upbeat concert, where they tipped their hats to Billy Joel. Phenomenal, as always.

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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