MR. BIG announces 'The Big Finish' World Tour, unveils new touring drummer
MR. BIG is putting on their signature top hats and old shoes one last time for a worldwide tour, aptly titled “The BIG Finish”. Since the band’s original drummer and co-founder, Pat Torpey, lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease in 2018, the band now feels it’s time to mark the end of this chapter of their legacy.
The first leg will take the band to Japan and Southeast Asia in July and August, while shows in South America, Europe, and the U.S. will launch in early 2024 and will be announced soon.
After 35 years of being addicted to that perpetually electrifying performance rush, the band feels it’s finally time to collectively hang up their top hats and shoes after coming together for one final, extended curtain call — a curtain call that will take them on an all-out world tour commencing in 2023 that will go for as long as, well, as long as MR. BIG fans demand it.
One particular aspect of this upcoming final run that MR. BIG are excited about to a man is the decision to perform the entirety of their breakthrough platinum-selling 1991 album “Lean Into It” from start to finish as a featured highlight of the live setlist. (To be sure, the full setlist will encompass MR. BIG‘s entire career.) Fact is, “Lean Into It” is the perfect litmus testament to the band’s inherent dexterity at blending a variety of styles together, whether it’s the heady rocking brew of “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”, the power-drilled and power-chorded identity checklist “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, or the truly heartfelt sentiments found within “To Be With You”, MR. BIG‘s chart-topping, worldwide #1 smash hit single.
For his part, Martin the songwriter remains eternally grateful for the never-ending success of “To Be With You”, but the essence of MR. BIG goes much, much deeper than that. “That song helped put the stamps in our passports,” Martin allows, “but we really nailed it on “Lean Into It”. I’m still in awe of how Billy and Paul play on that album, because they’re such brilliant players. I used to call them the dynamic duo. And Pat Torpey was an underrated drummer, in my opinion. I mean, just listen to his tone! ‘Lean Into It’ is totally indicative of who we are as a band.”
Just like the consummate performers they are, MR. BIG still want to reach into your dreams. “I hope the people who come see our shows get to feel what it’s like when musicians get together and really play and sing the songs they wrote,” offers Sheehan. “We want the audience to be one with us, and feel our evening together was a magical and beautiful event.” Theorizes Gilbert, “Music is like time travel. You can hear something that takes you right back to 1992, and it reminds you exactly of what was happening back then. On this tour, I want to give people the opportunity to time travel like that and go, ‘These guys are on fire!’ Good music is timeless.”
Concludes Martin, “I love playing with these guys. And if I’m being honest, I don’t want it to ever end. I’m the guy who just knows we still have that special spark together, and I always want to keep the torch burning. But if it really is the end, then I want us all to have a happy ending together. We’re a great live band. I want everybody to come out and see us, because we want to blow you away and have you all think as you’re leaving, ‘MR. BIG really is the real thing.'”
Check out MR. BIG at any of the following tour stops:
July 20 – Nagoya, Japan – Nagoya Shimin Kaikan
July 22 – Osaka, Japan – Osaka Maruzen Intec Arena
July 25 – Tokyo, Japan – Budokan
July 29 – Seoul, Korea – Yes24 Live Hall
July 31 – Hong Kong, China – Southorn Stadium
Aug. 2 – Taiwan – Zepp New Taipei
Aug. 04 – Singapore – Marina Bay Sands Theater
Aug. 05 – Singapore – Marina Bay Sands Theater
Aug. 07 – Bangkok, Thailand – Show DC Hall
Aug. 09 – Manila, Philippines – Skydome
Aug. 12 – Kemayoran, Jakarta – The 90’s Festival