On June 11, Mike DelGuidice, the lead singer of the Billy Joel tribute band, Big Shot, sat down for a chat prior to their concert at Mulcahy's in Wantagh on Long Island. "It's always great to be at Mulcahy's. It's my home stage, and it actually says my name on it. That was a very nice thing forthem to do. We are going to have a great night," he said.

Last month, Big Shot played their 500th career show at Mulcahy's, which is an impressive milestone for the tribute group. "We have been playing here for 16 years," he said.

DelGuidice talks Iridium show

On June 10, DelGuidice and his full band played a 90-minute show at the Iridium in the heart of New York City.

"The Iridium was great. We played all different material, from original songs to Paul Simon. We did the best we could," he said.

DelGuidice discusses future plans

Big Shot will be performing at The Paramount in Huntington on June 24. "The Paramount is a great place to play. We get treated really nicely there. The catering is second to none. It is fantastic," he said.

Regarding his plans for the future, he said, "I always take things one day at a time, and see what happens. If I looked back five years ago, or even two years ago, and think of where I am now, I wouldn't have guessed it. I want to have fun with the creative process."

Aside from DelGuidice on lead vocals and piano, Big Shot is comprised of Tommy Byrnes on lead guitar (who is also Billy Joel's musical director), Chuck Burgi on drums and percussion, John Scarpulla on saxophone, Nick Dimichino (from Nine Days), as well as Carmine Giglio (who workswith Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray).

Most impressive is the fact that DelGuidice, Brynes, and Burgi are all members in Billy Joel's current live band.

While DelGuidice is spot-on when he performshis Billy Joel songs, his talent and covers are not only limited to the "Piano Man's" music. DelGuidice sings songs by such acclaimed artists as Elton John, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin, with equal ease.

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