MR. BIG has just released the video for “Everybody Needs a Little Trouble” from their forthcoming ninth studio album, DEFYING GRAVITY. Set for release July 7 on Frontiers Music Srl, it will be available at traditional retail and all digital service providers, as will a deluxe edition version with CD and bonus DVD that features music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album. The album will also be made available on vinyl in the coming months.
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.
DEFYING GRAVITY is the follow-up to 2014’s THE STORIES WE COULD TELL (Frontiers Music Srl), which Ultimate-Guitar.com described as “An exceptional offering of accelerated hard rock from one of the more dominant ‘supergroups’ of the late 1980s, MR. BIG return with a vengeance on THE STORIES WE COULD TELL.”
In an early album review of DEFYING GRAVITY, TheMusicUniverse.com praises: “MR. BIG aren’t afraid to stick to their guns in this ever changing world of music.   Throughout the album, the group of virtuosos play syncopated rhythms, lightning fast guitar solos, driving bass lines and pounding drums. The groups’s syncopated rhythms literally draw you in as they often match each other rhythmically, along the lines of prog rock bands. The group’s masterful harmonies that have always been a staple on their records continue here with nearly every song giving you prominent backing vocals.”
MR. BIG launched their latest worldwide tour May 31 in Milwaukee, WI. Check them out at any of the following stops:
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Leg 1:
Wed 5/31          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Fri 6/2               St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theatre
Sat 6/3              Wetland, MI                   The Token Lounge
Tue 6/6             Warrendale, PA             Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Wed 6/7            Newton, NJ                   Newton Theatre
Fri 6/9               Uncasville, CT               The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun
Sat 6/10            New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Mon 6/12          Nashville, TN                 Basement East
Wed 6/14          Lexington, KY               Manchester Music Hall
Fri 6/16             Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live
Sat 6/17            Houston, TX                  Scout Bar
Mon 6/19          Kansas City, MO           Knuckleheads Saloon
Thu 6/22            Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theatre
Fri 6/23             Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Sat 6/24            Pasadena, CA               The Rose

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.