Big Shot checks into Staten Island’s Lorenzo’s Cabaret May 17 for Billy Joel tribute

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Billed as “The Ultimate Billy Joel Experience,” the tribute act Big Shot is fueled by the vocals and piano of Long Islander Mike DelGuidice.

Don’t believe us? Take it from the “Piano Man” himself.

“It’s an homage to me; Just to think that they can sustain a lot of appearances based on my music is great,” Billy Joel told the New York Times in 2002. “A friend called me and told me to listen to this band that was playing on local TV and I said, ‘That’s me.’ They said, ‘No, it’s this band,’ and they had a hard time convincing me it wasn’t me. It’s uncanny.”

A decade later, DelGuidice is racking up more than 120 live dates per year, backed by a band of seasoned pros who have worked with Joel himself, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Donna Summer, Richie Blackmore, Tower of Power, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and many more.

Up next: Big Shot and DelGuidice perform May 17 at Lorenzo’s Cabaret in the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave. at Lois Lane. Dinner: 7:30 p.m. Showtime: 9:30 p.m. Admission: $35 show charge plus the cost of dinner per patron. Reservations: 718-477-2400, ext. 5. Visit for more information.