MR. BIG is currently putting together ideas for the follow-up to 2014's "...The Stories We Could Tell" album, tentatively due next year.
The band's drummer, Pat Torpey, told California Rock News on Tuesday (September 13): "Eric [Martin, MR. BIG singer] is always working on [new music]. He's always got some songs. But they have to go through the MR. BIG machine. And we also all are… I mean, Billy's [Sheehan, MR. BIG bassist] always got ideas. I'm always thinking about some concept or an idea. And we get together and throw it together and see how it works out, the same way we always do it. We haven't really started that process yet. But I know we're all doing it. We're cooking up the ingredients right now."
Torpey has had limited involvement with MR. BIG on the road since he was told he had Parkinson's disease in 2014. The band hired Matt Starr to fill in, but Torpey still sang on some tracks and added percussion on others.
The 56-year-old drummer told CrypticRock.com about his diagnosis: "What was really great about it is that I found out how many people really care about me and the great support system I have around me with the guys in the band, our management, and especially my wife. My wife is my guardian angel; she basically saved me. It was tough, but I am doing much better. I found a way, and I'm trying to do it every day."
MR. BIG has three shows scheduled for the end of this month:
Sep. 28 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
Sep. 29 - The Rose - Pasadena, CA
Oct. 1-5 - Monsters Of Rock - Los Angeles, CA (cruise)
"…Stories We Could Tell" was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with DEEP PURPLE, WARRANT and KEEL.
Formed in 1988, MR. BIG forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original lineup 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" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" and "Just Take My Heart".