Michael DelGuidice likes a problem. After gaining success together with his Billy Joel tribute band Huge Shot adopted by performing within the Piano Man’s precise dwell band, the Miller Place native is now singing behind the drum package in his new music outfit, From the Cans Band.
“I’m not completely satisfied until I’m pushing myself to get higher in each attainable method,” says DelGuidice, 50. “How am I even speculated to breathe to sing a word after I’m already out of breath taking part in the drums? It’s the joy of mastering that.”
From the Cans Band options fellow Lengthy Islanders John Byrne (rhythm guitar), Mike Orioes (lead guitar), Dan Wooden (keyboardist/vocalist), Terry Woodard (bassist) and Joe DeJesu (acoustic guitar/vocalist). They concentrate on songs like Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Personal Approach,” Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Band on the Run” and Genesis’ “Abacab.” Nevertheless, no Billy Joel materials.
“It’s purely a traditional rock present with me singing from the drums. Each music is an epic tune,” says DelGuidice. “This opens up different avenues for various gigs. It’ll maintain issues fascinating with a recent new kick.”
DelGuidice has been taking part in drums since age 8 and is completely satisfied to be returning to the instrument.
“The drums drive every little thing. It’s all about preserving time and having a superb really feel,” he says. “Drumming is necessary to the core of who I’m as a musician, it at all times has been. The interior clock that I’m creating on the drums comes out after I play my different devices and accompany myself.”
GROWTH DURING COVID
Throughout quarantine, DelGuidice supplied followers a biweekly livestreaming present on Fb Reside referred to as “Reside on the Porch,” the place he performs Wednesdays and Saturdays from his house when he’s not touring.
“It was simply me going exterior actually on the porch in entrance of the home with my canine and my guitar,” he says. “It began as a strategy to actually work together with followers to see the feedback and discuss to individuals immediately.”
His views grew into the 1000’s as individuals had been craving dwell music through the pandemic shutdown. DelGuidice takes requests within the second through posts that followers kind in whereas acting on his acoustic guitar or piano.
“It gave the impression to be a reciprocal factor between myself and the followers. They actually wanted to listen to music and really feel related whereas I wanted to carry out and have that feeling of an viewers,” he says. “I’m not scripted in any respect, which provides to the joy as a result of something can occur.”
By “Reside on the Porch,” DelGuidice says he bonded together with his viewers in a method that’s extra intimate than a median gig.
“When you’re in an actual room taking part in, you don’t hear the ideas of the individuals within the crowd,” he says. “Performing this manner [livestreaming on Facebook], you realize what they’re asking, considering and feeling each second. You possibly can actually join on a a lot deeper stage.”
A lot of DelGuidice’s unique songs turned common requests throughout his “Reside on the Porch” exhibits corresponding to “Mona Lisa” and “The place Do the Heroes Go?” He’s set to drop a brand new solo album, “Masks Manufacturing” later this 12 months.
“I’d say 60-70% of the requests I get now are for unique music. It’s made an enormous distinction for me,” he says. “Individuals have heard just about every little thing that’s going to be on the brand new album earlier than it even comes out by means of ‘Reside on the Porch’ and they’re prepared for it.”
In the meantime, Huge Shot has gigs booked all summer season lengthy. However even that present is getting freshened up a bit.
“The start goes to be all Billy Joel and the ending goes to be all Billy Joel. In between we’re going to have some enjoyable,” says DelGuidice. “I’ll at all times play Billy’s music. Nevertheless it’s been good including different dimensions to the set checklist like my very own materials and a few extra traditional tunes from my youth.”
BACK TO LI
Though he at the moment lives on the west coast of Florida, DelGuidice nonetheless considers Lengthy Island his house.
“It’s bittersweet after I come again. I get to see buddies I don’t often see anymore,” he says. “It’s my roots and what I grew up with.”
One venue that has been a mainstay on his efficiency roster for 26 years is Mulcahy’s Pub and Live performance Corridor in Wantagh the place Huge Shot will return to the stage June 12.
“Mike DelGuidice and Huge Shot at Mulcahy’s has turn into a traditional night time on Lengthy Island,” says Tim Murray, Mulcahy’s director of promotions. “Mike is like household to us.”
In 2010, the venue formally named its stage after DelGuidice.
“The stage dedication at Mulcahy’s was a lovely gesture by a venue that’s been so necessary to my progress as a musician,” says DelGuidice. “It was a real honor.”
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOEL
Michael DelGuidice grew up idolizing Billy Joel. At present he performs guitar and background vocals in his band and it’s not one thing he takes without any consideration.
“All of the hopes you had as a toddler and every little thing you imagined your hero to be, Billy has been to me. He’s a real instance of an individual who places others first,” says DelGuidice. “He took care of his entire crew and band all through COVID. I don’t know many different artists that will do such a factor. He stored us alive. I’m without end indebted to him.”
Collectively on stage, DelGuidice’s background vocals get blended with the Rock & Roll Corridor of Famer recreating the double tracked vocals on Joel’s older albums.
“The vocal mixing between us type of got here naturally. It’s simply one thing that’s understood,” he says. “Whereas most individuals are grabbing the concord, lots of occasions I’m grabbing the melody.”
Joel even gave DelGuidice a highlight second in his present the place the Piano Man surrenders the mic to DelGuidice who performs an Italian aria.
“Billy heard me do ‘Nessun Dorma’ on a video from my home on YouTube. Then in the course of a present in Washington, D.C., he began taking part in it and seemed over at me as if to say, ‘Properly, go forward — sing it.’ So I went for it,” says DelGuidice. “I acquired a horrible spasm in my abdomen after the excessive word. However everyone appeared very proud of it. It has remained within the set ever since.” — DAVID J. CRIBLEZ
This summer season Lengthy Islanders can have a number of possibilities to see Michael DelGuidice carry out dwell. Listed here are a few of his upcoming native gigs:
Mike DelGuidice & Huge Shot
JUNE 12, JULY 16 & AUGUST 27
Mulcahy’s Pub and Live performance Corridor
3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh
Ocean Parkway, Massapequa
Lengthy Island Group Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill
One Ski Run Lane, Farmingville
Steppingstone Waterside Theatre
38 Steppingstone Lane, Nice Neck
City Park Level Lookout
1300 Lido Blvd., Level Lookout
Mike DelGuidice’s From The Cans Band
203 Broadway, Amityville