Mr. Big Debut First Song From Upcoming ‘…The Stories We Could Tell’ Album
September 2, 2014
Mr. Big are back with their second studio album after the 2009 reunion with all the original members — ‘…The Stories We Could Tell’. Today the band debuted the first song from the album, a track called “Gotta Love The Ride”.
The new album was recorded under the direction of Pat Regan (Deep Purple, KISS, Warrant, Keel) and is set to be released on September 26th (September 30th in North America) on Frontiers Records and will be followed by a world tour. Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr will sit in for Pat Torpey, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, throughout the tour.
‘…The Stroies We Could Tell’ is the follow up to 2011’s successful ‘What If…’, which marked the returnof the band’s signature hard rock sound and was voted on of the best albums of the year by Sleaze Roxx readers.
Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark “shredding” musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up — vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey — produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.
Their hits included “To Be With You” (a Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 1991 that propelled the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, “Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted To That Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.
Each of the members of Mr. Big is also a reputable virtuoso in the music industry. Billy Sheehan has won dozens of “Best Bass Player” awards in numerous magazines, including an unprecedented 14 years in a row from Player Magazine, Japan’s number-one music magazine. Paul Gilbert is recognized as one of the top guitarists of this generation. Aside from the tons of albums he released since his departure from Mr. Big, he frequently holds clinics and designs guitars for Ibanez.
Pat Torpey has been conducting clinics for Tama drums and has been releasing instructional albums as well, while Eric Martin has an extremely successful solo career that produced eight original albums and is recognized as one of the most distinctive voices in the rock world.
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