Gig Of The Week: Mr Big
BAND: Mr Big
WHERE: Bristol O2 Academy
WHEN: Monday, September 12
Following their successful appearance at the Download Festival in June, Mr Big return here for six headlining shows.
There’s little doubt that the combination of vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey is as potent now as it was back in the late 1980s, when the band first formed. And Gilbert is delighted fans are as enthusiastic about Mr Big as ever.
“When I decided to be a musician, I sort of braced myself for surprises. I mean everyone tells you while you’re growing up, ‘You want to be a musician? That’s not a very reliable job!’. So I’m always careful about my expectations. But so far, I’ve had 25 great years of playing guitar, and there’s still more work than I have time for. So I just have to thank people for listening to the music and coming to the shows. I am always surprised. And always thrilled to have such a cool job.”
The band now have seven albums, including the current What If…, from which to draw their live set. And Gilbert believes they’ve got the balance right.
“We want to make sure that the set has our best tunes in it, so once we feel that the set is working, we’ll stick to it. The encore is a bit looser feeling, so we’ll mix things up there a bit. And a lot of our songs have sections where we can improvise musically, so even if our set list is the same, the show will still be unique for each audience.”
After Bristol, Mr Big go to:
Tue. 13: Newcastle O2 Academy
Thu. 15: Glasgow O2 Academy
Sat. 17: Manchester Academy 2
Sun. 18: Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Tue. 20: London Shepherd’s Bush O2 Academy
Find out more at www.mrbigsite.com