Long-running rock band Mr. Big are back, and will release a new studio record — their ninth — on July 21.
Titled Defying Gravity, the album features ten new recordings from the band, who achieved huge commercial success back in the early 1990s with the single “To Be With You.”
In fact, one of the new songs, “1992”, actually refers to the band’s breakout success a few decades back with a nostalgic tone. Said guitarist Paul Gilbert of that particular song:
That was an incredible period in our lives, right when the rumblings of grunge were starting to happen,” Gilbert points out. “So here I am writing about and tweaking something that was so positive in just about every way, but it did open the world to us. Suddenly, we were playing stadiums in Indonesia, just going all over the place. And to this day, whenever we start a tour, we end up going all around the world. That whole era, back when we all still had giant hair(!), really opened the door for us. Thankfully, people still gravitate toward the underlying thing that is still important, and that’s the music.”
For this album, the band brought in a new drummer, Matt Starr, to record for the album, as longtime drummer Pat Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a couple of years ago. Both Torpey and Starr appear in the video for the album’s lead single, “Everybody Needs a Little Trouble”:
Mr. Big is Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Torpey and Starr (drums).
Here’s the album’s track listing:
“Open Your Eyes”
“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”
“Nothing At All”
Visit Mr. Big’s website for more details and to check out their upcoming tour dates.