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Review: Big Shot performs at Mulcahy’s, to kick off final month of 2016 (Includes first-hand account)

After Sister Hazel’s classic track “All for You” played in the background, the band took the stage, where DelGuidice sang “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway),” as yellow lights dimmed from the stage. After “My Life,” lead singer Mike DelGuidice greeted the crowd. “Thank you very much,” he said. “How are you doing? Salud. Cheers. God bless!” and he subsequently introduced the new saxophone player, Andy Snitzer, who was absolutely phenomenal. DelGuidice praised Snitzer for being an “amazing player” who could “really play,” and it is no wonder that he is Paul Simon’s saxophone player.

Speaking of Snitzer, he accompanied DelGuidice on saxophone as he belted out “New York State of Mind,” as red and purple lights graced the stage. They picked up the pace with “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” and they took their fans on a trip down memory lane to Joel’s The Stranger album with “Vienna.” It was followed by “Keeping the Faith” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” the latter of which garnered him a standing ovation. Tommy Byrnes rocked the lead guitar, and Carmine Giglio delivered on the keyboards, as always.

He continued with “Movin’ Out,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” as well as the 80’s classic “I Go To Extremes.” Towards the end of the venue’s favorite tune “Allentown,” DelGuidice gave a shout-out to lead guitarist Tommy Byrnes.

DelGuidice showed us his classic rock side, which he described as “epic music” by paying homage both to Aerosmith (“Dream On”) and Led Zeppelin (“Whole Lotta Love”). He serenaded the Mulcahy’s audience to “She’s Always a Woman” and he went into his solo by tipping his hat to Elton John with “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer,” both of which did justice to the originals.

Other powerhouse performances of the night included “Piano Man,” with Steven Fileti on harmonica, as well as the feel-good “Only the Good Die Young.”

The Verdict

Overall, Big Shot put on another fantastic concert at Mulcahy’s that exceeded two hours. It was great to see Tommy Byrnes joining them for this show, Nick Dimichino rocked the bass, and Andy Snitzer was exceptional on saxophone. It is safe to say that they did Billy Joel and Elton John proud. Their show garnered five out of five stars.

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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