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Review: Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot excellent at The Paramount (Includes first-hand account)

Miles To Dayton served as their opening act, and they were awesome. After Mike DelGudice’s soaring version of “Nessun Dorma,” which played over the sound system in the background, Big Shot took the Paramount stage, where they opened with “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway),” as blue lights dimmed from the stage.

Tonight’s Big Shot line-up was comprised of DelGuidice on piano and lead vocals, Tommy Byrnes on lead guitar, Nick Dimichino on bass, Mike Sorrentino on drums, John Scarpulla on saxophone, as well as Carmine Giglio on keyboards.

“Paramount. How are you doing?” DelGuidice asked the audience, prior to picking up the pace with “Pressure,” where orange lights graced the stage. It was followed by the infectious “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” which featured backing vocals from Scarpulla and Byrnes. “Thank you,” DelGuidice said, effusively. “Can we get some house lights so that I can see everybody?”

He continued with “Big Man on Mulberry Street,” where he brought out the horn section. Equally fun and impressive was “Easy Money,” which he dedicated to his brother, “John,” who was in the audience tonight. He immediately broke into “Allentown,” where pine green lights graced the stage, and he went on to introduce Tommy Byrnes on lead guitar.

DelGuidice followed it up with “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” where everybody was singing along to its chorus. “Tell Her About It” was upbeat and sassy. “Paramount. How are you doing?” he reiterated. “Cheers. Salud. To health and happiness,” he wished his fans, as he raised his glass.

It was neat to hear the addition of the melancholic tune, “You’re Only Human (Second Wind),” in his set. He was able to pick up the pace yet again with “My Life,” as the crowd was clapping along. “This Is the Time” was a sentimental piano-driven ballad, accompanied with shakers, which left many fans in tears due to its bittersweet message.

After he introduced his ever-talented band, DelGuidice and the group delivered a solid, rocking version of “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, which featured a killer drum solo by drum guru Mike Sorrentino.

The Verdict

Overall, it is always a special treat to see Big Shot perform live, especially at an intimate venue as exquisite as The Paramount. They always deliver, and a Big Shot concert is the perfect way to spend a Friday or Saturday night on Long Island. All of the musicians, including the horn section, were spot on, and the sound system was incredible. Well done guys. Their live 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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