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Review: Long Island band nails Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ (Includes first-hand account)

They were joined by Mark Feinberg on saxophone and Decadia’s Lenny Rocillo on bass who filled in for John Scarpulla and Nick Dimichino respectively, as well as a talented horn section, which were important for them to perform “Tell Her About It” and “Easy Money.”

“Cheers to Billy Joel for writing this great music, which is why I have a gig,” DelGuidice said. They continued with “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.”

Feinberg was sensational on the sax solos of “New York State of Mind,” and they immediately broke into the beloved ballad “Vienna” and “Movin’ Out.” They also tackled the Billy Joel-penned “Shameless,” which became a smash hit in the country music world for Garth Brooks. As always, DelGuidice and the band kept their faith with “Keeping the Faith,” with its infectious hooks.

Of course, no performance at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall is complete without Big Shot taking us a trip to “Allentown.” Carmine Giglio was delightful on the keyboard. It is great to hear DelGuidice’s original music over the course of the night, and he delivered with his gorgeous love ballad “Mona Lisa.”

Jill Gioia helped bring the soundtrack of A Star is Born to life at Mulcahy’s, where she dueted with DelGuidice on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.” Gioia also paid homage to the late Janis Joplin with a soaring rendition of “Me and Bobby McGee.”

They gave the Wantagh audience a history lesson with “We Didn’t Start the Fire” courtesy of guitarist Ken Cino, while Steven Fileti played harmonica on the Billy Joel classic “Piano Man,” and the inclusion of “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” was an added treat. DelGuidice went into the crowd during “You May Be Right.” They closed on a fitting note with The Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” which ended in a crowd singalong.

“This was my first time seeing Big Shot in person. I was taken aback by how much he actually sounds like Billy Joel. At one point during the set, I closed my eyes and I felt like I was at Madison Square Garden watching Billy Joel play live. I was really blown away,” said Ryan Deahn, fan and attendee.

The Verdict

Overall, it was a fun night at Mulcahy’s to celebrate the music of the “Piano Man” Billy Joel. One can always count on Big Shot to do that, and they nail it every time they take the stage. They also did Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” justice, where they collaborated with Jill Gioia. Their live show earned an A rating. Well done.

For more information on Big Shot and their show dates, check out their official website.

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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