American rock legends, Mr. Big, renowned for their signature blend of power-pop and hard rock, are poised to mount their top hats for a final bow with their epic “The Big Finish” World Tour.
The tour signifies a profound chapter-end for the band, following the loss of original drummer and co-founder, Pat Torpey, to Parkinson’s disease in 2018. The band will be hitting stages across Japan and Southeast Asia with performances in Singapore’s Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands on 4 and 5 August 2023.
“We wanted to do a proper farewell, and this seems like the right way to do it,” says bassist/vocalist Billy Sheehan.
Longtime friend of the band, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train), steps in for Torpey. According to Sheehan, D’Virgilio’s “great voice” and drumming finesse make him the perfect fit for Mr. Big’s harmonically heavy sound.
An exciting highlight of the tour is the performance of their 1991 Platinum-selling album, “Lean Into It,” in its entirety. This offering includes their worldwide #1 hit, “To Be With You.” The setlist will spotlight the band’s biggest hits, underscoring their prolific musical journey over the past 35 years.
“That song (‘To Be With You’) helped put the stamps in our passports, but we really nailed it on ‘Lean Into It’,” says lead vocalist Eric Martin. “‘Lean Into It’ is totally indicative of who we are as a band,” he adds.
Sheehan compares the sequencing of the album to a well-structured movie, while guitarist/vocalist Paul Gilbert is proud that the harmonies on “Lean Into It” are all done by the band, a fact that surprises some fans.
As the tour name suggests, ‘The Big Finish’ is set to be a grand finale for Mr. Big. But even as they close this chapter, the band members are grateful for the journey and the fans who’ve been a part of it.
“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,” Sheehan expresses. And Gilbert adds, “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.”
As they prepare for this last hoorah, Mr. Big invites all their fans to be a part of their farewell and to experience, one more time, the unyielding power of their rock & roll. Don’t miss out on this chance to see them before the final curtain falls.