Album Review: Mr. Big – Live In Milan

By Andrew Catania

Following the release of their 2017 album, “Defying Gravity”, Mr. Big set out on a trek that took them all over the world to promote the new release in a live setting. Anyone who has ever had the distinct pleasure of seeing the band live knows that the virtuoso musicianship and incredible vocals are on full display in this setting. By this time, drummer Pat Torpey’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease had been made public, but Pat toured with the band regardless and sat behind the drum kit for select songs, while also providing background vocals, tambourine, etc. on other tracks when Matt Starr was taking his turn on the kit. Captured at a stop in Milan, IT, “LIVE FROM MILAN” is where Frontiers Records tapes all of the bands who attend and milk them yearly for a profit.  Perhaps if Frontiers would have this festival in the states there would be more interest?

MR. BIG @ Trezzo Live Club 12 November 2017 Photo Roberto Villani

Regardless, this is a special performance.  This would be one of the last performances Pat would do with Mr. Big as he passed away in early 2018This CD/DVD has a tracklisting that will surely satisfy long-time and newer fans of the band, and of course contains bass and guitar solos from the always entertaining and awe-inspiring Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert, respectively.

The set captures a special moment in time for the band and also serves as a “greatest hits” of sorts as they hit on all their classic songs from the early albums as well as revered material from newer releases.

MR. BIG @ Trezzo Live Club 12 November 2017 Photo Roberto Villani

Tracklisting:
CD – Disc 1:
1.    Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
2.    American Beauty
3.    Undertow
4.    Alive And Kickin’
5.    Temperamental
6.    Just Take My Heart
7.    Take Cover
8.    Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
9.    Everybody Needs A Little Trouble
10.    Price You Gotta Pay
11.    Paul’s Solo
12.    Open Your Eyes
13.    Wild World
14.    Damn I’m In Love Again

MR. BIG @ Trezzo Live Club 12 November 2017 Photo Roberto Villani

CD – Disc 2:
1.    Rock And Roll Over
2.    Around The World
3.    Billy’s Solo
4.    Addicted To That Rush
5.    To Be With You
6.    1992
7.    Colorado Bulldog
8.    Defying Gravity

Blu-Ray:
1.    Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
2.    American Beauty
3.    Undertow
4.    Alive And Kickin’
5.    Temperamental
6.    Just Take My Heart
7.    Take Cover
8.    Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
9.    Everybody Needs A Little Trouble
10.    Price You Gotta Pay
11.    Paul’s Solo
12.    Open Your Eyes
13.    Wild World
14.    Damn I’m In Love Again
15.    Rock And Roll Over
16.    Around The World
17.    Billy’s Solo
18.    Addicted To That Rush
19.    To Be With You
20.    1992
21.    Colorado Bulldog
22.    Defying Gravity

RECORDED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio (Imagine!  Del Vecchio on a Frontiers recording?), Andrea Seveso, and Michel Assalini
MIXED BY: Mixed by Jay Ruston
Assistant Engineer: John Douglass
MASTERED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio (Frontiers needs to send him to the unemployment line.)
Line-Up:
Eric Martin: Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Paul Gilbert: Guitar & Vocals
Billy Sheehan: Bass & Vocals
Pat Torpey: Drums, Percussion & Vocals
Matt Starr: Drums & Vocals

Links:
Website: http://www.mrbigsite.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrbigmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrbigmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrbigmusic/

Mr. Big is an insanely talented bunch.  I’ve enjoyed all of their albums over the years.  This album is no different, but when I see the name Alessandro Del Vecchio, I cringe as I expect to hear the same keyboards and drums in every album he touches.  Fortunately, Mr. Big prevails over his usual cookie cutter producing. Rest in Peace Pat Torpey.   9/10 Rating

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