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Review: Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot play at Mulcahy’s, honor Tom Petty (Includes first-hand account)

DJ Mike Savage provided the musical entertainment for the night, prior to their show. The band’s line-up consisted of DelGuidice on lead vocals and piano, as well as Carmine Giglio on keys, Nick Dimichino on bass, Ken Cino on guitar, John Scarpulla on saxophone and Mike Sorrentino on drums. In addition, Steven Fileti joined them on stage during “Piano Man” for the harmonica parts.

As usual John Scarpulla nailed the saxophone on such Billy Joel classics as “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” thus showing his tremendous prowess on the musical instrument.

Equally infectious was their take on Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” where everybody was clapping along, enthusiastically. They immediately broke into the upbeat “Only the Good Die Young” and the aggressive “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song).” “Piano Man” was a neat sing along with their Long Island fan-base. “Give it up for Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot,” Scarpulla exclaimed.

One of the most moving performances of the night was their killer rendition of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” which would have made the late musician and his band, The Heartbreakers, proud. Many fans and audience members were left in tears after this beautiful, heart-warming version of this rock ballad.

Matty Lights, the lighting engineer, did an awesome job running the vibrant lights for the venue, thus bringing the action on the stage to life.

The Verdict

Overall, Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot never ceases to amaze. Their Thanksgiving show at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall was warm, heartfelt and captivating. The band performed these classic hits with grace. This concert marked this journalist’s 40th career Big Shot show, and each time, there is always something new to expect. One could never go wrong seeing Big Shot on a Saturday night on Long Island. Their concert garnered an A rating.

For more information on Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, check out their 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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