Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

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

- advertisement -
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


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
BLACK STAR RIDERS Release Video For Second Single "Ain't The End Of The World"
PUDDLE OF MUDD Reveal New Album Welcome To Galvania
BLACK TUSK And CLOAK Announce U.S. Tour Dates
UNDEROATH Release New Track "Loneliness"
BUCKCHERRY Announce Leg 3 Of US Warpaint Tour
EXHORDER To Release First New Album In 27 Years, Mourn The Southern Skies
OPETH Launches New Single "Hjartat Vet Vad Handen Gor/Heart In Hand"
NEBULA Announces U.S. Headlining Tour
CERBERUS Debuts Party Anthem Video "Tekilla"
Supergroup KXM Set To Release Third Album Circle Of Dolls
DAMN YOUR EYES Reveals New Video For "Low Road"
1349 Premiere New Single "Through Eyes of Stone"
WAGE WAR Unveil New Album Pressure
KIKO SHRED Launches "Alchemy’s Fire" Lyric Video
DRAGONFORCE Announces North American, UK, European Tour Dates
RAM Reveals Details For New Album, The Throne Within
CLUTCH Release New Single "Precious And Grace"
GEDDY LEE Set To Kick Off Big Beautiful Book of Bass US Book Signing Tour
NARNIA Drop "You Are The Air That I Breathe" Video
SILVERTUNG Announce New Tour Dates
THE OFFERING Launch "Ultraviolence" Video
LACUNA COIL Announces New Album Black Anima
SLAYER Announces 'The Final Campaign', The Final Leg Of Farewell Tour
TURILLI/LIONE RHAPSODY Debut New Album Title Track Video
BLIND GUARDIAN Reveal Cover Artwork For Orchestral Album Legacy Of The Dark Lands
CARNIFEX Unleash "World War X" Video
STEEL PANTHER Unveil New Album Heavy Metal Rules
THY ART IS MURDER Drop "Make America Hate Again" Video
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS Announces European 'Parasite Tour'
FAITHSEDGE Drop "Angelic" Lyric Video
MOB RULES To Release Beast Over Europe Live Album
ECLIPSE Release New Single "United"
L.A.'s SKUMLOVE Releases New Song, "Filthy"
HELLOWEEN To Release Live Album And DVD, United Alive
THE CULT Reveal Sonci Temple 30th Anniversary Reissues
METALACHI Announce North American Summer Tour Dates
MASS To Release Long-Shelved Original Debut Album Fighter
EXODUS Announce Intimate Performance At COMIC-CON 2019
THE ORIGINAL MISFITS To Headline Saturday Of 2019 PSYCHO LAS VEGAS
ALEX COLE Announces Support Dates With TED NUGENT
IRON MAIDEN Set For Third Set Of CD Digipak Albums, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor, Virtual XI And Brave New World
SABATON Releases New Single, Video, "Great War"
THE WIZARDS OF WINTER Celebrate 10th Anniversary With 2019 Holiday Season Tour
MONOLORD Announce Fall Europe, US Headline Tour Dates
SUICIDE SILENCE Announce New Live Album Live & Mental
THE POWER OF THE RIFF Returns To Los Angeles In August
EXIT 111 Festival Welcomes ANTHRAX And KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Its Lineup
HELLYEAH Unleash New Single, Video For "Oh My God"
ALTER BRIDGE Drop "Wouldn't You Rather" Video
KADAVAR Reveal New Album Cover, Release Date
GOATWHORE Announces August Tour Surrounding PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Appearance
MEAN MACHINE Set For Rock'n'Roll Up Your Ass Album
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS Drop New Single, Music Video And Album Details
OBITUARY Announce Headline North American Fall Tour
KORN Unveil New Album The Nothing
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH Reveal Summer Tour Dates
DAVE NAVARRO, BILLY MORRISON Join Forces For The 2nd Annual "Above Ground" Concert Benefitting MUSICARES®
GWAR Announces Killer "Use Your Collusion" Fall Tour
MEMORIAM Release Official Video For "The Veteran"
NAPALM DEATH Announces European Summer Tour Dates
THE CONTORTIONIST Release "Early Grave" Single, Video
GODSMACK Extend 2019 Summer Tour Into Fall
SKILLET, ALTER BRIDGE Announce Co-Headline "Victorious Sky Tour"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Reveal New Album Atonement
AGNOSTIC FRONT Announce Victim in Pain 35th Anniversary Tour
DEAD BY WEDNESDAY Drop New Video For "You & Die"
TENGGER CAVALRY Frontman NATURE G Has Died
THE DAMNED THINGS Debut "Something Good" Animated Video
MAJESTY Premiere "We Are Legends" Video
VENOM PRISON Set For North American Tour
DAMN YOUR EYES Announce New Album, "Kill The Outside"
SONATA ARCTICA Announce New Studio Album Talviyö
EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE Drop "Southern Way" Video
STITCHED UP HEART Stream New Album Title Track For "Darkness"
BLACKTOP MOJO Reveal New Album Art, Release Date For Under The Sun
ADEMA Announces New Frontman, Tour with POWERMAN 5000, (HED) P.E., THE GENITORTURERS
ANGELES Release Official Video For New Single "Freedom"
NECRONOMICON Unveil Details For New Album, Unus
SOULFLY Announce "Blood On The Street" 2019 U.S. Tour
BORKNAGAR Reveal Cover, Release Date For New Album True North
CROWN THE EMPIRE Unveil Sudden Sky Album Details
JEFF CARLSON BAND Are "Screaming Inside" With New Single, Video
THE DEFIANTS Unveil New Album, Zokusho
MAXXWELL Release "P.U.T.V." Music Video
BLACKSTAR REPUBLIC Set To Release Humanatti Album
ATREYU Launch "House Of Gold" Video
LUCIFER Announce 'North America Part II' Headline Tour
DOLL SKIN To Drop Love Is Dead and We Killed Her Album
IN THIS MOMENT Announces "Mother's House Of Horror" Fall Tour
HATRIOT Set For New Album From Days Unto Darkness
HANK VON HELL To Tour North America This Summer
SWORN ENEMY Releases "Seeds Of Hate" Video
SACRED REICH Unveil New Album, Awakening
WEAPONS OF ANEW Announces Dates With SCOTT STAPP And MESSER
FAITHSEDGE Reveal Bleed For Passion Album Details
LIKE A STORM Unleash "Out Of Control" Video
METAL & BEER FEST: LOS ANGELES Announces First Bands For 2019 Edition
EDENBRIDGE Unveil New Album Dynamind Details
BARONESS Drop New Video For "Tourniquet"
SUNN O))) Announces US West Coast September Tour Dates
3TEETH Endorse "President X" With New Video
SABATON Releases New Single For "The Red Baron"
MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Diagnosed With Throat Cancer
WEDNESDAY 13 Reissues Album Back Catalog
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Debut Brand New Single, Video For "Satellite"
HARM'S WAY Announces North American Summer Headlining Tour
DEVIN TOWNSEND Reveals Eras Part 4 Vinyl Box Set
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST "Rock Steady" With New Single, Video
NONPOINT Drop "Fix This" Video
HE IS LEGEND Premiere "Boogiewoman" Video
GLORYHAMMER Stream "Masters Of The Galaxy" Track
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS Announce 'Summer Rapture' North American Tour
ALTER BRIDGE Set To Walk The Sky With New Album
HAMMERFALL Stream New Track "(We Make) Sweden Rock"
STATIC-X Adds More Dates To 'Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour'
LOVE AND WAR Reveal Edge Of The World Cover Artwork
VOLBEAT Debut "Last Day Under The Sun" Video
PERIPHERY Announce "Hail Stan: North America 2019" Tour
CROBOT Unveil New Album Motherbrain
DEMON HUNTER Announce Summer "An Evening With" Dates
GRANNY 4 BARREL Gets "Nitro Sexy" With New Video
3rd Annual LAS RAGEOUS Music Festival Announces Music Lineup & Onsite Activations
JOHN 5, THE ARISTOCRATS Team Up For Co-Headline Los Angeles Show
REV JONES Drops "Bakwash" Video
NEW YEARS DAY Announce Tour Dates With GODSMACK
CLUTCH Stream New Single "Evil"
KADAVAR Reveal New Album's Title, European Tour
SHIPROCKED Goes To 11: 2020 Cruise Bands Revealed
GENERATION AXE Stream "Highway Star" Track





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2019 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News