MR. BIG Are Defying Gravity With New Album

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 1:27 PM

Out July 7, 2017 On CD, CD/DVD And Digital. Vinyl Out At A Later Date

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Defying Gravity deftly showcases that patented MR. BIG blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut "Open Your Eyes" to the harmony-laden wonderment of "Damn I'm In Love Again" to the grateful/wistful nostalgia of "1992" (recalling the days when the band was flying high atop the singles charts with their international #1 smash "To Be With You") to the barnburning slide-blues closer, "Be Kind". Overall, Defying Gravity is prime evidence that the only thing MR. BIG remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence.

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 has also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop.

“It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson,” says guitarist Paul Gilbert. “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.”

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.”

MR. BIG is gearing up for the launch their latest worldwide tour which starts May 31 in Milwaukee, WI at the Potowatami Casino. For all the latest tour dates, fans should check the band’s official website: www.mrbigsite.com

“2017 is filling up quickly with tour dates all around the world,” proclaims Gilbert. “I can’t wait to play the new songs, and of course our favorites from the old days like "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Just Take My Heart", "Green Tinted Sixties Mind", "Wild World", and "To Be With You".”

Here’s the complete track listing for Defying Gravity:

  • "Open Your Eyes"
  • "Defying Gravity"
  • "Everybody Needs A Little Trouble"
  • "Damn I’m In Love Again"
  • "Mean To Me"
  • "Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)"
  • "Forever And Back"
  • "She’s All Coming Back To Me Now"
  • "1992"
  • "Nothing At All"
  • "Be Kind"
Check out MR. BIG at any of the following tour stops (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED):

Leg 1:

  • 5/31 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
  • 6/2 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
  • 6/3 Wetland, MI The Token Lounge
  • 6/6 Warrendale, PA Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
  • 6/7 Newton, NJ Newton Theatre
  • 6/9 Uncasville, CT The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun
  • 6/10 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
  • 6/12 Nashville, TN Basement East
  • 6/14 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall
  • 6/16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
  • 6/17 Houston, TX Scout Bar
  • 6/19 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads Saloon
  • 6/22 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
  • 6/23 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
  • 6/24 Pasadena, CA The Rose

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