Mike & Big Shot perform all of Billy Joel's greatest hits and even some of the lesser known tunes that only a true die-hard would know and appreciate. The true Billy Joel fan will be blown away after experiencing Big Shot live. On any given night they will also astonish you with songs in their set from other artists like, Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Beatles, Journey, some others and songs from Michael's original CDs.
True Billy Joel fans will be excited to know that this tour is featuring members of Billy Joel's band. Current members Guitarist Tommy Byrnes, Drummer Chuck Burgi and the newest member of Billy Joel's Band, Mike DelGuidice. Tommy has been with Billy for the last 25 years to present, and Chuck has been Billy's drummer since 2005. In addition Chuck is an original cast member of Billy Joel's Broadway musical Movin' Out Band. While playing the final shows of Movin' Out, Chuck was approached by Billy Joel to join him for a world tour. Since then, Chuck has continued performing sold out shows throughout the world with The Piano Man.
MIKE DELGUIDICE - Billy Joel has hired front-man Mike DelGuidice of the Billy Joel Tribute band "Big Shot" to join his band for all his dates including all of Billy Joel's iconic Madison Square Garden dates. When performing Billy Joel's music, he is a dead ringer sound alike. He even had Billy himself fooled.
"That's me...I know my voice...That's a tape...but it was this guy...Mike DelGuidice." - Billy Joel
"...they had a hard time convincing me it wasn't me. It's uncanny!!" - Billy Joel - The New York Times
Michael's first performance with Billy Joel was at Billy's surprise performance at The Paramount in Huntington, NY Wednesday October 16, 2013. He kicked off The US dates with Billy Joel New Years Eve at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn and continues to tour with Billy on all the US dates.
Mike is a well known Long Island Musician/ Singer/Songwriter. He has released 2 of his own original CDs.
Also joining them is John Scarpulla, original cast member of Billy Joel's Broadway musical Movin' Out Band. John has recently been on tour with Diana Ross and Huey Lewis. John is back from the tours and back with Mike and the band. John's resume includes: Tower of Power, Michael Bolton, Billy Joel and a bunch more.
The other members of the band are: Bassist Nick Dimichino the quintessential addition to the rhythm section, Nick is also an original member of the Band Nine Days. Nine Days released their debut album, The Madding Crowd, in 2000 on SONY 550 Music. The band scored a #1 hit in the United States from the album The Madding Crowd, with the single "(Absolutely (Story of a Girl)".
Carmine Giglio, Alexa Ray Joel band pianist. Carmine recently performed with Billy Joel on November 19, 2014 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Carmine accompanied LeAnne Rimes on piano as she performed Billy Joel's Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel). He then flew out to LA to record with LeAnne as well. He also recently accompanied Billy Joel for the Centennial Awards from ASCAP. Carmine also performed with Movin' Out, is a regular on Broadway performing for the production of Lion King and the Trans Siberian Orchestra is on the keyboards/Synth.
Six amazing musicians that you will not want to miss!
MIKE DELGUIDICE - Lead Vocals/Piano - Billy Joel
JOHN SCARPULLA - Saxophone/ Support Vocals - Diana Ross | Huey Lewis and many more
TOMMY BYRNES - Lead Guitar/Support Vocals - Billy Joel
CARMINE GIGLIO - Keys/Synth/Vocals - Alexa Ray Joel
CHUCK BURGI - Drums - Billy Joel
NICK DIMICHINO - Bass - From The Band "NINE DAYS"
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