Pat Torpey

Mr. Big Announce Fill-In Tour Drummer

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Mr. Big have announced that drummer Matt Starr will be replacing Pat Torpey after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease recently.

The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming world tour. He did complete all of the drumming on the upcoming eighth studio album, “…The Stories We Could Tell”, but, unfortunately, touring will be too difficult for him at the present time.

Matt Starr, who is the current drummer for original KISS drummer Ace Frehley will be helping out on the drums. Mr. Big expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participate in the group’s acoustic set.

“…The Stories We Could Tell” will be released on September 30 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. The band’s original lineup — comprised of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums — got together this past June to begin recording and laid down the 13 new tracks in just a month.

“…Stories We Could Tell” was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with Deep Purple, Warrant and Keel.

“…The Stories We Could Tell” track listing:

01. Gotta Love The Ride

02. I Forget To Breathe

03. Fragile

04. Satisfied

05. The Man Who Has Everything

06. The Monster In Me

07. What If We Were New?

08. East/West

09. The Light Of Day

10. Just Let Your Heart Decide

11. It’s Always About That Girl

12. Cinderella Smile

13. The Stories We Could Tell

14. Addicted To That Rush (live; exclusive bonus track)


Posted under Band News, Drummer News

One Response to Mr. Big Announce Fill-In Tour Drummer

  1. MARK BOWMAN says:

    i am and will remain so bummed to hear Pat’s diagnosis!!!!! He is one of my most influencial players. My current band…Slychosis….sends out our prayers to Pat and his family!!!! To such an amazing player,great person and lover of this crazy craft of ours….I say….We love you man and thank you for all of your amazing drumming!!!!! Stay strong my friend and always keep the faith!!!!

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