ERIC MARTIN: “PAT TORPEY Will Always Be The Most Important Part Of MR. BIG And Without Him The Band Would Not Continue”

MR. BIG (Live at Northumbria University, Newcastle, U.K., November 17, 2017)
Photo: Mick Burgess

Mr. Big were back in Europe recently in support of their latest album, Defying Gravity. Mick Burgess caught up with lead singer, Eric Martin, to talk about the tour and the new album.  He also talks candidly about the illness affecting drummer Pat Torpey and how their camaraderie and friendship and his musical creativity means that he will always be the most important part of Mr. Big and without him, the band would not continue.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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