Random Chatter Music ha publicado que la formación original de MR. BIG, disuelta en el 2002, celebrará el vigésimo aniversario de su primer LP con una gira por Japón. Eric Martin (voces), Billy Sheehan (bajo), Paul Gilbert (guitarra) y Pat Torpey (batería) confirmaron su intención de reunirse a DJ Koh Sakai del programa de la radio japonesa "Heavy Metal Syndicate". Gilbert declaró en un mensaje pregrabado, "MR. BIG han vuelto, los cuatro miembros originales, y vamos a venir a Japón a tocar en directo. Así que venid a vernos. Yeah!"
Formados en 1988, MR. BIG editaron en 1989 su debut homónimo con Atlantic.
Paul Gilbert dejó la banda en 1997 para centrarse en su carrera en solitario y reformar su primera banda RACER X. Richie Kotzen, otro músico de Shrapnel y ex – guitarrista de POISON, ocupó su puesto sacando el grupo dos discos con esta formación — "Get Over It" en el 2000 y "Actual Size" en el 2001; éste último incluía el single "Shine", utilizado como tema de cierre en las series de dibujos "Hellsing".
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Mr. Big Confirms 20th Anniversary Reunion, Plans To Tour Japan
Feb. 1, 2009: It is the 20th anniversary of Mr. Big’s debut release (and also the 20th anniversary of Paul Gilbert’s first PGM signature guitar, the PGM 100). What better way to celebrate this then to re-form and then tour Japan, the beloved home-away-from-home of Mr. Big for many years? It will be exciting!
HMS interview, Jan. 31, 2009
Full Source (audio, mp3) Here
Verbatim transcript follows:
“Hello listeners of Koh Sakai, Burrrn presents Heavy Metal Syndicate. Koh Sakai, who was there at the very beginning for Mr. Big, and we’re so happy to have a friend like him in Japan. And we’re very happy, and thankful, to have all of you, as our friends. So, Mr. Big’s coming back soon to play for you, we’re excited to see you all, Koh Sakai, domo arigato, for 20 great years, my brother. Take care, see ya soon, This is Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big, over and out.”
“Hello to my brothers and sisters, of Koh Sakai, Burrrn presents Heavy Metal Syndicate. This is Eric Martin. You know, remember me? Right in the middle, between Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert, and Pat Torpey? That’s right. We’re back together again. Playing a town near you. Mr. Big is back!”
“Hello, Koh Sakai, Burrrn presents Heavy Metal Syndicate. This is Pat Torpey, from Mr. Big. We’re back together, all original guys. Paul, Billy, me, and Eric. We can’t wait to come to see everybody in Japan.”
“Hello, this is Paul Gilbert, and you are listening to Koh Sakai, on Burrrn presents Heavy Metal Syndicate. Mr. Big is back together. All original members, and we’re coming to Japan to play live. So, come check it out, and rock with us. Yeah!”
“Hello listeners, of Koh Sakai’s Burrrn presents Heavy Metal Syndicate. This is Paul Gilbert.”
“I’m Pat Torpey.”
“This is Eric Martin.”
“My name’s Billy Sheehan, and we are…”
(group) “Mr. Big!”
(Paul) “and we’re back together.”
Strong rumors began floating around the Racer X board on Jan. 29 about a possible Mr. Big reunion. Board member Retroboy (the guy who took the picture of Paul and Craig levitating :) broke the story to us.
It was not news, however. Paul Gilbert had hinted as early as October of 2008 (in print interviews, which all had to be okayed for publishing by his management team) that this was in the works and planning stages; I posted these interview hints as I found them. Paul did this hinting in his usual tantalizing, vague way. Paul also made a guest appearance on Billy Sheehan’s new CD, Holy Cow. Speculation had been running wild about whether Paul would tour with Billy because of this, and it appears as if the answer is at least partially yes.
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