Join Carroll Community College for Starry Night 2016, our annual gala fundraising event. Enjoy a one of a kind evening with an exclusive performance by Mike DelGuidice – Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel, a formal cocktail hour, silent and live auctions and dessert reception.
Mike DelGuidice was 15 years old when he started playing Billy Joel’s music, but he never imagined he’d be playing alongside him one day. DelGuidice put together Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute band that played its first gig at the Village Pub in Port Jefferson, NY in 2000. By 2011, DelGuidice was joined by Billy Joel’s long-time lead guitarist, Tommy Byrnes and soon after by Joel’s drummer, Chuck Burgi.
In 2013, Byrnes and Rosenthal pitched the idea to Billy Joel to have DelGuidice stand-in for Joel at rehearsals. Joel agreed to bring in “Mike from Big Shot” and, three days into the rehearsals, DelGuidice was asked if he had a passport and could play Joel’s catalog on acoustic guitar.
“We rehearsed without Billy for the first three days and the band sounded really tight,” recalled DelGuidice. “When Billy showed up, he asked me to play a little guitar and sing during the rehearsal. Then later that afternoon he asked to talk to me alone. We walked into the back behind the curtain and he asked me to go on the road.”
In addition to playing Big Shot gigs, DelGuidice currently tours with Billy Joel playing acoustic guitar and singing background vocals.
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