ERIC MARTIN (MR. BIG): “[Atlantic Records] Didn’t Even Believe In “To Be With You””

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

Addicted To That Rush

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Mr. Big’s second studio album Lean In To It . To celebrate the occasion, the band’s landmark album is getting the remastering treatment, complete with bonus studio tracks, demos, and instrumentals courtesy of evoXS [review]. I had the chance to speak with Mr. Big vocalist about making the album, what he’s up to today, and a whole lot more.

Highlights Include

  • Discussion of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Lean Into It
  • Eric’s first meeting with guitarist Paul Gilbert
  • Was it the band’s idea or label’s idea to release the latest edition of the album
  • Drummer Pat Torpey’s final tour contributions
  • Memories of recording Lean Into It back in 1991
  • Meeting Ronnie James Dio at the recording studio (can’t miss story)
  • Why Dio wasn’t interested in singing the National Anthem
  • How the band’s manager politicked for “To Be With You” to be released
  • Eric’s recent tours with Trixter as his backing band
  • Eric’s idea on what to call their collaboration band
  • Why there was never a follow-up album to Tak Matsumoto Group – TMG 1 (2004)
  • Is Eric open to doing another Mr. Big album/tour?
  • … and much, much more!

Mr. Big (1991) is

Eric Martin – Vocals
Paul Gilbert – Guitar
Billy Sheehan – Bass
Pat Torpey – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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