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Mr. Big

Mr. Big
Event on 2017-06-17 20:00:00
with Tame Fury, The Steve Satchel Band
The real story often comes through in the music. Thats definitely the case for Mr. Big. Infact, their seventh full-length album, the appropriately titled The Stories We Could Tell[Frontiers Records], offers an unfiltered glimpse into the journey of these multi-platinumhard rock iconsEric Martin [vocals], Paul Gilbert [guitar], Billy Sheehan [bass], and PatTorpey [drums].Fans think they know their favorite band from the press, but theres a lot they neverrealize, explains Eric. Theres always more than meets the eye. Most folks dont knowthe trials and tribulations that went into the making of, survival of, demise of, andresurrection of our rock n roll band. We want to tell them.Its quite a tale too. After a highly successful ten-month tour behind 2011s What If, themembers took a short break to pursue various endeavors. Billy rocked with The WineryDogs, Paul released his twelfth solo album Vibrato, and Eric engaged in a neverending,as he affectionately refers to it, solo acoustic tour.In 2013, the vocalist began developing some ideas in the groups collective Dropboxaka rock vault. He regrouped with producer Pat Regan [Kiss, Deep Purple] and Torpeyat the latters home studio in North Hollywood. As they began to flesh out songstructures, it was clear that Torpey wasnt himself.I could sense something was wrong, sighs Eric. One day, we sat on the couch and hejust told me, Hey man, Ive got Parkinsons Disease. It was unbelievable. Despite it, hestill pushed through all that and recorded. That shows what kind of character he is. Heworked his ass off on this album, and he was fighting this huge adversity. Were abrotherhood, and we rallied around our friend to make this work.For the first time since their self-titled debut, the boys wrote in the same room togetherlive. Eric also had a certain vision for The Stories We Could Tell, and his comradesembraced it.I was trying to get a theme going, he says. I picked the bluesier riffs that we had beenkicking around, and everything moved in that direction. This is the first time weve reallyhad a cohesive theme.That spirit courses through the album opener and first single Gotta Love The Ride.With a distinct groove, impressive six-string shredding, and driving beat, it ignites theroller coaster for Mr. Big.Life is more about the journey than the destination, Eric adds. When you realize thegifts you have already been given, you achieve true success. Everybody wants to crossthe finish line as quickly as they can without taking in lifes beautiful moments. However,the journey is the key to paradise.At the same time, theres a swaggering funk stomp fueling The Monster In Me.Eric grins, Thats a sexual one. Its about releasing the beast. Theres a tongue-incheekelement though too.I Forget To Breathe marvels at the breadth and scope of lifes wonders, while thesoulful Just Let Your Heart Decide illuminates Mr. Bigs simultaneous instrumentalprowess and knack for a ballad. Its about being at the crossroads of love, he goes on.Its that dilemma only your heart can decide. Is it worth it to keep fighting for therelationship or to wash your hands of it?The Stories We Could Tell continues certain musical traditions Mr. Big began over 25years ago. To date, the band has played sold out songs all over the globe and releasedthree consecutive platinum albumsMr. Big [1989], Lean Into It [1991], and BumpAhead [1993]. Theyve been responsible for smashes including To Be With You, whichspent 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as Wild World,Green-Tinted Sixties Mind, Just Take My Heart, and more. However, their story isonly getting better with each passing year.This is the record we threatened to make in the beginning, concludes Eric. TheStories We Could Tell captures everything we discussed way back when we first talkedour influences over Chinese food in Hollywood during the late eighties. This is what Mr.Big was always meant to be. Rick Florino, October 2014

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