The call went out. Time for a new MR. BIG album. They convened in a Los Angeles studio and in a matter of six days, the boundless result of all that musical talent is "Defying Gravity", with the release of their ninth original studio album (Release Date: 07-07-2017) and start of a new worldwide tour.
Original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band’s 1989 self-titled debut, 1991’s "Lean Into It" and 1993’s "Bump Ahead") for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles. While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on "Defying Gravity" due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album. Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop.
“It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson,” says guitarist Paul Gilbert. “Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on "Defying Gravity". We basically played live in the studio. Over the years, we’ve all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it’s still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I’ve worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record… both melodically, and on the face-melting stuff.”
"Defying Gravity" is the follow-up to 2014’s "The Stories We Could Tell".
MR. BIG is gearing up for the launch their worldwide tour, check below for all the dates.
“2017 is filling up quickly with tour dates all around the world,” proclaims Gilbert. “I can’t wait to play the new songs, and of course our favorites from the old days like ‘Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy’ ‘Just Take My Heart,’ ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind,’ ‘Wild World,’ and ‘To Be With You.’”
Today's tune "Everybody Needs a Little Trouble" is taken from the upcoming album "Defying Gravity".
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jun 06 Jergel's Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA
Jun 07 The Newton Theatre Newton, NJ
Jun 09 The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
Jun 10 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill New York, NY
Jun 12 The Basement East Nashville, TN
Jun 14 Manchester Music Hll Lexington, KY
Jun 16 Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX
Jun 17 Scout Bar Houston, TX
Jun 19 Knuckleheads Saloon Kansas City, MO
Jun 22 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Jun 23 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Jun 24 The Rose Pasadena, CA
Aug 17 Porão do Alemão Manaus, Brazil
Aug 19 Tom Brasil Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aug 20 Music Hall Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Aug 22 Opiniao Porto Alegre, Brazil
Aug 24 Montevideo Music Box Montevideo, Uruguay
Aug 26 Multiespacio La Cupula Santiago, Chile
Aug 27 El Teatro Buenos Aires, Argentina
Aug 29 Centro de Convenciones Festiva Lima, Peru
Aug 31 Escuela de Musica Fernando Bogotá, Colombia
Sep 02 Sala Corona Cuauhtémoc, Mexico
More info @
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