It’s been a few years since Mr. Big was out and about.  With a  new album “Defying Gravity” scheduled to be released July 8th, the band decided to go out and get their wings early.  A stop at B.B. King’s in New York City this past Saturday brought in a packed house.  With some of the best musicians on the planet, many were eager to see  what the band had in store for NYC.

It’s been six years since I’ve seen the band live.  Lots of things have changed since then within the structure of the band.  Back in 2014 when the band was releasing “…The Stories We Could Tell,” drummer Pat Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  He still remains a part of the band and tours with them playing percussion.  Former Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr has been called upon to participate as the touring drummer since the diagnosis.

The band took the stage and kicked into  a very fun and interactive song “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy” where guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan added electric drills to the song.  The band was in a great mood and was spearheaded by  vocalist Eric Martin.  Martin’s voice was crisp and powerful.  He moved about slapping hands, pointing at fans and interacting with the audience throughout.

The band only gave a small sample from the upcoming album as they played “Everybody Needs a Little Trouble” and then “1992.”  Gilbert ruled the later track with a furious solo.  Gilbert and Sheehan played off of each other all night.

Sheehan was his usual self as he crushed the bass all night.  He even added a tad of playing the harmonica on “Price You Gotta Pay.”  Martin joined in on the fun as he played an acoustic guitar for the Cat Stevens classic “Wide World.”  The band paid a nice tribute to Gregg Allman as they played a snippet of “One Way Out.”

Starr was behind the kit the entire night but did exit twice when Torpey went behind the skins on “Just Take my Heart” and then when the four went to the front of the stage for the band’s biggest hit “To Be With You.”  Mr. Big is back and back in a BIG way.  Some of the best musicians on the planet in one band.  Add a Mr. Big show to your summer concert list!

 

Setlist:

Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill song)

American Beauty

Undertow

Alive and Kickin’

Temperamental

Just Take my Heart

Take Cover

Green-Tinted Sixties Mind

Everybody Needs a Little Trouble (new song)

Price You Gotta Pay

Guitar solo

Take  a Walk

Wide World (Cat Stevens cover)

Rock & Roll Over

Around the World

Bass solo

Addicted to that Rush/One Way Out (Allman Brother’s cover -snippett)

Encore:

To Be With You

Colorado Bulldog

1992

Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)

 

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About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.