MR. BIG Says Goodbye To New Jersey

February 12, 2024, 4 months ago

By Rich Catino

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Mr. Big announced this year they will do one last world tour tilted "The BIG Finish". Singer Eric Martin, guitar wizard Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan without original drummer Pat Torpey who passed away in 2018, now joined by Nick D'Virgillo. This run of U.S. winter dates started out in January, and the time they arrived at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, February 2, Martin was sick, struggling through the set but soldiered on with a lot of help from his band, and the crowd. 

Speaking of, in a very cool moment, Eric spoke to the crowd about his situation and asked for some help on the hit ballad "To Be With You" and Jersey rose to the occasion. The tour also features the band playing the entire Lean Into It album, bookended by rockers like opener "Addicted To That Rush", "Take Cover", "Alive And Kicken", with Gilbert and Sheehan breaking out the electric drills for "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", and a cover of the Talas/David Lee Roth ("Eat ‘Em and Smile") song "Shy Boy". Plus, three covers to close out a nineteen song (guitar and bass solo) set, which I thought they would have cut given how Eric felt. What a trooper.  

Since a couple dates were cancelled and Martin not at full power maybe they will come thru the area one more time?

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