MR. BIG frontman Eric Martin discusses the band’s upcoming plans
Speaking with Border City Rock Talk, Eric Martin was asked to confirm that MR. BIG will indeed reunite to record new music and tour in 2023. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Yes. I’m not a hundred percent on the recording part, but, yeah, we’re gonna do it. We’re definitely gonna tour.”
When asked to confirm bassist Billy Sheehan‘s recent statement that MR. BIG has found a new touring drummer to replace Matt Starr, Eric said: “I can’t really talk about the drummer yet, but we have some somebody we’re looking at.
“We’re definitely gonna tour,” he repeated. “I don’t know when, but it will be in the middle sometime of 2023. It’s time to do it, and it might be even time to say goodbye as well.
“I don’t know where we’re going, but we’ve all agreed to do it — to go on tour. I’m excited about that,” Eric added. “It is time to do it, because there’s no better band that I’ve ever been in. I’ve played with a lot of great musicians — I mean, tons. I don’t even wanna name ’em. Tons of really talented guitar players, bass players, drummers, keyboard players, singers, but playing with my boys — Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert — they’re the best of the best.”
MR. BIG took a break from touring and recording after the death of drummer Pat Torpey, who passed away in February 2018 at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.