Billy Sheehan and Mr. Big are gearing up for their ninth album, due to be released on July 7th. Defying Gravity will feature the original lineup of Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Sheehan, and Pat Torpey, although Torpey shares duties with drummer Matt Starr after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The album will also see the return of their original producer.
“It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson,” Gilbert said. “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.”
The band has released a track from the album called “1992”. The nostalgic song recalls the band’s days when their smash hit “To Be With You” was topping the charts. Sheehan is once again in top form with groove and melody overflowing in his bass lines.
Mr. Big will also be on tour starting May 31st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and covering the U.S. through June 24th. They also have a handful of Brazilian dates lined up for August.
Mr. Big 2017 Tour Dates:
|May 31||Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Northern Lights Theater||Milwaukee, WI|
|Jun 2||Arcada Theatre||Saint Charles, IL|
|Jun 3||The Token Lounge||Westland, MI|
|Jun 6||Jergel's Rhythm Grille||Warrendale, PA|
|Jun 7||The Newton Theatre||Newton, NJ|
|Jun 9||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 Hall||Lexington, KY|
|Jun 16||Gas Monkey Live!||Dallas, TX|
|Jun 17||Scout Bar||Houston, TX|
|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|