It doesn't take a genius to realize just how big of a deal this four-piece rock band is. They go by the name Mr. Big. Heard of 'em? If you haven't, then clearly sir, you're due for a little rock ed 101.
Comprised of the powerfully raw vocals of Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and his scorching guitar solos, a hugely influential bass-player in Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey's world-class drumming, Mr. Big most definitely doesn't suffer from any lack of talent. Nor passion for what they do. They've released 10 studio albums since they formed in 1988, from which came hits such as "Addicted to that Rush," "Wild World," "Nothing But Love," "Just Take My Heart," and every bon a fide 90s kid go-to videoke song, "To Be With You."
Also the perfect song to post in Facebook...
for when you feel like your ex-gf has started to totally ignore you.
Simply put, Mr. Big is one of the biggest acts of the 90s. And at their 2011 Manila tour press conference held last May 9 in SM North Edsa, a journalist from another publication let that fact be known quickly, starting his question with a moment of subtle appreciation. "You guys are indeed big influences to many musicians in our country..." he said. It was a moment met with many cheers, from a crowd that included a huge contingent of die-hard fans wanting to meet the band.
If anything, Mr. Big proved that you don't stay in this business for decades without the folks who listen, enjoy and love your music. And the band wasn't at all shy to tell us just that, crediting part of their longevity to "having a good relationship with the fans, and treating them as friends." They added, "We're pleased to have good friends everywhere--Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan. It's good to have friends everywhere."
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES