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Eric Martin: Mr. Big will reunite and tour in 2023

Martin, Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert will be joined by a 'mystery' drummer

Hard-rock supergroup Mr. Big has been on hiatus for the past few years, since the death of drummer Pat Torpey from complications due to Parkinson’s disease in 2018.

But in a new interview, singer Eric Martin has confirmed that he, bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Paul Gilbert will reunite in 2023, with a still undisclosed drummer in Torpey’s place. 

Speaking with The Metal Voice, Martin said, “Mr. Big, it's definitely gonna happen, there's no question about it. It's gonna happen in the middle of 2023. There are going to be multiple dates. We are working on the U.S. Paul Gilbert is involved, the original guitar player, Billy Sheehan and the spirit Pat Torpey.”

Regarding the fourth member, Martin stated that Matt Starr, who had previously filled in following Torpey’s diagnosis, will not be on board this time. 

“There will be a phenomenal drummer, it won't be Matt Starr. Matt is doing his own thing," he said. "We have this new drummer, I will tell you that he sends an audition video and I watched it and he played ‘Lucky This Time,' which is a song that we've hardly ever done because mainly because it was really hard to sing it. It's on the Lean Into It album."

He continued, “What he did was, he thought he would one up the audition, so he played drums on it and he sang the lead and the harmonies, on everything. It was phenomenal. I don't want to mention the guy's name until the press release comes out. But the guy really stepped up and everybody knows him and then one really, really cool thing is that he was a big fan of Pat Torpey. I think Pat, he'd approve of this new mystery man."

You can watch the full interview below.