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Review: Big Shot pays homage to John Mayer and Aerosmith at Mulcahy’s (Includes first-hand account)

Filling in for John Scarpulla on saxophone was Andy Snitzer, Chuck Burgi (Billy Joel’s drummer) joined them on drums, with Ken Cino on lead guitar, Carmine Giglio on keys, and Nick Dimichino on bass guitar. They kicked off their set with “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” as purple lights dimmed from the stage. Towards the end, he paraphrased the lyrics accordingly to “Sicilian Restaurant.” “Mulcahy’s. Good evening,” said DelGuidice. “We are so honored to have Andy Snitzer,” he added, prior to noting that he plays saxophone for Paul Simon.

They immediately broke into the local favorite “New York State of Mind,” and they pick up the pace with the aggressive “Movin’ Out” from Billy Joel’s The Stranger album.

“This goes out to all the Yankee fans,” DelGuidice said, jokingly, implying the Yankees being out of the World Series. He went on to belt out Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” where he hit the high notes at the end effortlessly. It earned him a standing ovation from the Mulcahy’s audience. “Thank you very much,” he said.

He paid tribute to John Mayer with a soulful rendition of “Gravity,” which he nailed, and it was followed by Billy Joel’s “Vienna,” as yellow lights graced the stage. DelGuidice’s version of “This is the Time” was uplifting and remarkable.

“Salud. Cheers!” he exclaimed, and he revealed that he likes The Mets as his favorite New York baseball team. He had the audience clapping along with him on the upbeat “My Life.”

Of course, no Big Shot concert is complete without Billy Joel’s signature song “Piano Man,” which DelGuidice performed with harmonica player extraordinaire Steven Fileti on harmonica.

“Big Shot put on a good show,” said Patrick Cattani, fan and attendee, and he gave the band two thumbs up.

“I had an amazing night last night with my friends for my early birthday celebration, and it was such a pleasure to meet Mike DelGuidice! What a nice, dream come true,” said Lauren, a dedicated fan who was celebrating her early birthday at Mulcahy’s.

The Verdict

Overall, Big Shot was able to rock out Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall yet again. This show marked this journalist’s 38th career Big Shot concert, and it is safe to say that every time there is always something new to expect. Big Shot is one of those bands whose sets never grow old. They always deliver and excel due to the eclectic songs that they perform which range from Billy Joel to Elton John to John Mayer to classic rock artists. Their show garnered an A rating.

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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