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Mr. Big

Mr. Big were one of the few "shredder" pop metal bands (translation: the bandmembers were highly proficient at their instruments) that prized songcraft as highly as virtuosity. The seeds for the group's formation were sown when bass player extraordinaire Billy Sheehan, often called "the Eddie Van Halen of bass," left David Lee Roth's solo band in 1988. Shortly thereafter, he began piecing together a new outfit comprised of former Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert, drummer Pat Torpey, and singer Eric Martin, the latter of whom had issued a pair of obscure solo releases in the mid-'80s. By 1989, the newly formed quartet had already inked a recording contract with Atlantic, resulting in the release of a self-titled debut the same year. Despite finding a warm reception among musicians, the album failed to cross over to a mainstream rock audience in America; however, Mr. Big was an immediate success overseas in Japan.

The quartet broadened its horizons on its sophomore effort, 1991's Lean into It, which included the melodic psychedelic rocker "Green Tinted Sixties Mind" as well as a pair of ballads that would become sizable singles: the number one smash "To Be with You" and the Top 20 hit "Just Take My Heart." Despite issuing further releases like 1993's Bump Ahead and 1996's Hey Man, Mr. Big were unable to sustain such commercial success at home, although the group's popularity continued to soar in Japan (resulting in countless sold-out tours and such Japan-only live albums as Raw Like Sushi, Raw Like Sushi 2, Japandemonium, Mr. Big in Japan, etc.). Gilbert split from the group in the late '90s to pursue a solo career and was replaced by former Poison guitarist Richie Kotzen. The new lineup issued a pair of studio recordings, Get Over It and Actual Size, before launching a "farewell tour" in Japan, which culminated in their amicable breakup in 2002.

In early 2009, with the 20th anniversary of Mr. Big's debut on the horizon, the original lineup appeared on Japanese radio to announce that the group would be reuniting. A reunion tour was launched later that year, resulting in the release of 2009's double-disc concert album Back to Budokan, and the band headed home in September 2010 to record a new studio album in Los Angeles. The resulting What If was released three months later in Japan, followed by an American release in early 2011. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Great Group!
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So glad to have discovered Mr. Big again!
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I cannot listen to Eric's voice without getting emotional.
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laurabennane
Not even close to Marriott!! Don't try and cover Steve, doesn't work
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I wonder who the man is who wants to be with me.....God, bring him back into my life whoever he is.....and this time I pray he asks me to marry him. *sigh*
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I went to high school with Paul, he never stopped dreaming.... y o u go boy !!!!!
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great band Mr Big miss them so much!
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milosdad
For the White Zombie fan. I went to see them at their prime. During one of the songs the bass player dropped her bass and exposed that there was a sound track playing behind them. HAve not liked the band since. Mr. Big? Talented musicians do not always equal good music. Never a fan of these guys but I'm not bitter about it. I simply choose not to listen.
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This band bites, just alike all the other stupid metal bands that sound exactly alike. Are they so devoid of talent that they all have to copy each other's sound and cliche'd hooks ? Thumbs down losers
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Pantera change music as we know it....Great stuff!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Mettallica, the best band and musicians compiled since....... . . w e l l . . . e v e r . If you disagree, take the plugs outta ur ears.
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Rob Zombie is not only a great musician, but an artist on paper and the screen. One may not like his genre, but they cannot deney his multi talents. This is one talented dude. His wife does well too. Any questions about his family talent....ch e c k out his brother. LOL, great stuff too. This family has change the rock and roll scene! If not faint of Heart, check out his last movie....... . f u n n y and will give U nightmares.
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Talk about a symphony, Linkin Park is very underrated. These peeps can put music together. Good listening!
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And don't start on Megadeth 2..brought upon a new era. Peace sells and apparently nobody is buying. Jest enjoy the music peeps!
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All the haters left before Paul started...by e bye. The rest of us will enjoy true rock!
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stephen_slez a k
Another underrated band just because people see hair netal as simple pop rock. If they actually took the time to evaluate them musically, they would be surprised to find that the music is just as complex as such Beethoven's fifth symphony.
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fc662004
Great band, saw them a few months ago. Kicked a**.
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come to think if it...so should billy sheehan.
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paul gilbert should be castrated for agreeing to play in this band.
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HAHA I told my ex the same thing "TAKE A WALK"
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samuraishred d e r
Paul Gilbert is the man
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I am definitely an 80's Chic!!! I will never get tired of all of the above mentioned artists. POISON = RIDE THE WIND, GUNS N ROSES = SWEET CHILE AND NOVEMBER??? DEF LEPPARD = POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME... C'MON FIRE ME UP!! JOURNEY = DON'T STOP BELIEVIN, EXTREME = ??? I CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF MY FAVORITE SONG! THESE BANDS HAVE ADDED SOOO MUCH TO MY LIFE. THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME. I LOVE THIS ERA OF MUSIC!!!
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One of my favorite bands of all time. Great vocals, everyone a master at their instrument. A true supergroup
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rockocycle
Mr. Big Is back together. Check it out @ www.melodicr o c k . c o m
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PAUL GILBERT!
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they fn suck
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paul gilbert has an amazing imagination
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Never knew Mr Big was this good... Thanks for the info, I will have a look at what they did in more depth.

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