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Mr. Big is an internationally-acclaimed super-group that forged its place in rock history during the early 90s. The band is a quartet composed of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Pat Torpey (drums); Mr. Big also included Richie Kotzen, a reputable blues-based guitarist who replaced Paul in 1999 when Paul decided to focus on a solo career. The band is noted especially for their "shred guitar" musicianship, intense live performances, and well-crafted songs.
Identified early on as a "musicians' band", Mr. Big was able to produce numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballad, heavy metal, or blues rock. Prior to the formation of the group, each of the members already had a reputation of being virtuosos as well as established song-writers/ composers. Their songs were often marked with strong vocals and vocal harmonies, and a technical proficiency in all instruments. Their hits include "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", other ballads, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances, such as "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover", among the rest.
Mr. Big's following and reputation remained strong for over two decades, despite the band being challenged by personal internal conflicts and the changing trends in mainstream music. Over the years, through the different heights of the band's career, the fan-base of the group has remained steadfast - even after the demise of the band in 2002. Fans have always asked for the band's reunion.
In February 2009, as a result of fan-demand and also after several coincidences over the past couple of years that have gradually brought the group back together again, Eric, Pat, Paul, and Billy finally announced their decision to reunite. This announcement was marked with celebration and excitement amongst fans all over the world, especially in Japan. The band members themselves are very happy to be together again as friends, and to perform once more for fans all over the world. Their first tour is in Japan in June 2009.
In September 2010, Mr. Big recorded their seventh album "What IF..."with producer Kevin Shirley at a Los Angeles-area studio. The album was released in Japan on Dec. 15th, 2010, in Europe on Jan. 21st, 2011 and in the USA in Feb. 2011. "What If... is the first studio album in nearly 10 years. The band also toured in support of the album. The "Around the World" tour to support the album kicked off at The House of Blues, in Hollywood, CA on April 2, 2011 and ended at Makassar, Indonesia on December 10, 2011.
* Mr. Big (1989) (The Billboard 200 #46, Japan Oricon Album Chart #22, JPN - Gold)
* Lean Into It (1991) (The Billboard 200 #15, Japan Oricon Album Chart #6, US - Platinum, JPN - Platinum)
* Bump Ahead (1993) (The Billboard 200 #82, Japan Oricon Album Chart #4, JPN - Platinum)
* Hey Man (1996) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #1, JPN - 2x Platinum)
* Get Over It (2000) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #5, JPN - Gold)
* Actual Size (2001) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #5)
* What If (2010)
* Raw Like Sushi (1990) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #32)
* Mr. Big Live (Live in San Francisco) (1992) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #45)
* Raw Like Sushi II (1992) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #8, JPN - Gold)
* Japandemonium: Raw Like Sushi 3 (1994) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #11, JPN - Platinum)
* Channel V at the Hard Rock Live (1996) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #32)
* Live at Budokan (1997) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #20)
* In Japan (2002) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #12)
* Live at the Hard Rock Cafe (2007)
* Back to Budokan (2009)
* Live From the Living Room (2011 in Japan; 2012 in North America & Europe)
* Raw Like Sushi 100 (2012 in Japan)
* Addicted to That Rush (1989) (Mainstream Rock Tracks #39)
* Green-Tinted Sixties Mind (1991) (Mainstream Rock Tracks #33)
* To Be With You (1992) (The Billboard Hot 100 #1 (3 weeks), Mainstream Rock Tracks #19, Adult Contemporary #11)
* Just Take My Heart (1992) (The Billboard Hot 100 #16, Mainstream Rock Tracks #18, Japan Oricon Single Chart #68)
* Wild World (1993) (The Billboard Hot 100 #27, Mainstream Rock Tracks #33, Top 40 Mainstream #12, Japan Oricon Single Chart #40)
* Ain't Seen Love Like That (1994) (The Billboard Hot 100 #83)
* Take Cover (1996) (Japan Oricon Single Chart #1)
* Not One Night (1997)
* Superfantastic (2000) (Japan Oricon Single Chart #97)
* Static (2000) (Japan Oricon Single Chart #66)
* Where Are They Now (2000) (Japan Oricon Single Chart #47)
* Shine (2001) (Japan Oricon Single Chart #1)
* Arrow (2001) (Japan Oricon Single Chart #42)
* Undertow (2010)
* Big Bigger Biggest: Greatest Hits (1996) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #2, JPN - 4x Platinum)
* Deep Cuts (2000) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #12)
* Greatest Hits (2004) (Japan Oricon Album Chart #70)