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BREAKING NEWS: Mr Big's new album, "Defying Gravity" will be released on July 7, 2017 on CD, CD/DVD and Digital. A vinyl edition will be released as well at a later date to be announced soon.

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 (singer) (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 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:

1. Open Your Eyes
2. Defying Gravity
3. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
4. Damn I’m In Love Again
5. Mean to Me
6. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)
7. Forever and Back
8. She’s All Coming Back to Me Now
9. 1992
10. Nothing At All
11. Be Kind

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Sad news about Pat Torpey. I watched the video thinking, "Who's this Starr guy, and why is he playing?" But I could see something was off. I'm glad he's still a part of it, though. Would have been nice if they had more time to record, and, therefore, given him more to recover between recordings.

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Also... that is a terribly photoshopped elephant.

How so? Are the feet too big?

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Glad Torpey is still there in some way.... and really hope this is better than the last one - the first MR Big album i avoided!

 

Also... that is a terribly photoshopped elephant.

 

That was photoshopped?!

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Sad news about Pat Torpey. I watched the video thinking, "Who's this Starr guy, and why is he playing?" But I could see something was off. I'm glad he's still a part of it, though. Would have been nice if they had more time to record, and, therefore, given him more to recover between recordings.

 

I'm no medical genius, Karpetface, but I don't think that's how Parkinson's works. That makes me really sad to hear that about Pat Torpey - these types of diagnoses are so cruel. I too am glad he's still in the picture, but there's no way around the fact that it's just shit, and a sad thing.

 

Anyway, I really hope this one's okay. As per usual, I expect as many fillers as good songs - it is Mr Big, after all - but I hope the good stuff is great.

 

And for the record, Eric Martin looks better with short hair, but Paul Gilbert desperately needs to regrow his hair.

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Sad news about Pat Torpey. I watched the video thinking, "Who's this Starr guy, and why is he playing?" But I could see something was off. I'm glad he's still a part of it, though. Would have been nice if they had more time to record, and, therefore, given him more to recover between recordings.

I'm no medical genius, Karpetface, but I don't think that's how Parkinson's works. That makes me really sad to hear that about Pat Torpey - these types of diagnoses are so cruel. I too am glad he's still in the picture, but there's no way around the fact that it's just shit, and a sad thing.

 

Anyway, I really hope this one's okay. As per usual, I expect as many fillers as good songs - it is Mr Big, after all - but I hope the good stuff is great.

 

And for the record, Eric Martin looks better with short hair, but Paul Gilbert desperately needs to regrow his hair.

Yeah, I dunno. They just made it sound like it was too much for him to do it all, but why would that be the case? Why could he do some songs but not all?

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Great musicians, but I'd have a tough time picking ten songs that I can actually listen to from the bands discography.

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New single "1992" just dropped.

 

 

 

I liked their first two albums and "What If...", but unfortunately this track off the upcoming release isn't doing much for me

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I love songs with a lyrical subject matter like that. But let's be honest, that song is absolutely terrible. As noted, some incredible musicianship, but it's all sadly just a toss if the song is that bad.

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I was first introduced to Mr. Big in the summer of 1992 when I saw them live with Hardline opening in Salem, Oregon.

 

I was a huge fan for many years following... their new stuff has lost me somewhat, but their early albums are nothing short of fantastic.

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If I ever hear 'To Be With You' or 'Wild World' again, I swear I'm gonna murder someone...

Here ya go buddy! Happy to help:

 

https://youtu.be/5QD5n98R_nk

 

https://youtu.be/31k_DB8KVQM

:popcorn:

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If I ever hear 'To Be With You' or 'Wild World' again, I swear I'm gonna murder someone...

Here ya go buddy! Happy to help:

 

https://youtu.be/5QD5n98R_nk

 

https://youtu.be/31k_DB8KVQM

:popcorn:

 

 

I think you're probably in his sights, Kerpetnostrils.

 

I actually like their cover of 'Wild World.' ;)

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If I ever hear 'To Be With You' or 'Wild World' again, I swear I'm gonna murder someone...

Here ya go buddy! Happy to help:

 

https://youtu.be/5QD5n98R_nk

 

https://youtu.be/31k_DB8KVQM

:popcorn:

I think you're probably in his sights, Kerpetnostrils.

 

I actually like their cover of 'Wild World.' ;)

:popcorn:

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If I ever hear 'To Be With You' or 'Wild World' again, I swear I'm gonna murder someone...

Here ya go buddy! Happy to help:

 

https://youtu.be/5QD5n98R_nk

 

https://youtu.be/31k_DB8KVQM

:popcorn:

I think you're probably in his sights, Kerpetnostrils.

 

I actually like their cover of 'Wild World.' ;)

:popcorn:

 

 

:sm164:so-hard-to-be-an-alpha-male.jpg?fit=290%:bigboom:

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Bucket list band for me. Still pissed I let my wife talk me out of seeing them when I was in Dublin five years ago. Love Eric Martin's voice and yea, each is talented in their own right. I could easily compile a lengthy greatest hits mix from their cd library especially Lean Into It. WW and To Be With You are fantastic to these ears. Surprised there isn't more interest in them here. I'll pick up the new one without listening to any soundbytes. Usually at least one tune I'd add to my Big playlist.

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If I ever hear 'To Be With You' or 'Wild World' again, I swear I'm gonna murder someone...

Here ya go buddy! Happy to help:

 

https://youtu.be/5QD5n98R_nk

 

https://youtu.be/31k_DB8KVQM

:popcorn:

I think you're probably in his sights, Kerpetnostrils.

 

I actually like their cover of 'Wild World.' ;)

:popcorn:

 

 

:sm164:so-hard-to-be-an-alpha-male.jpg?fit=290%:bigboom:

 

 

Well played!!!

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