September 6, 2023

MR. BIG are putting on their signature top hats and old shoes one last time for a worldwide tour, aptly titled The BIG Finish. Since the band’s original drummer and co-founder, Pat Torpey, lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease in 2018, the band now feels it’s time to mark the end of this chapter of their legacy.

Mr. Big (Eric Martin). Photo: Ian Jenkinson

Following their run in Japan and Southeast Asia over the summer, MR. BIG bring The BIG Finish to the UK next March, with four exclusive shows in Nottingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton and London that will see a set spanning their career, including a performance of their classic breakthrough album Lean Into It in full.

Mr. Big – The Big Finish

March 2024

  • 19.03 – Rock City, Nottingham
  • 20.03 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
  • 22.03 – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
  • 23.03 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Tickets go on sale 8 September 9am (BST)

“We wanted to do a proper farewell, and this seems like the right way to do it,” asserts bassist/vocalist Billy Sheehan.

Notes guitarist/vocalist PaulGilbert, “We’re in the process of making sure we come up with a suitably big entertainment extravaganza to go along with our music. And since our music has resonated so wonderfully in places all over the world, we’re going to play in as many of those places as we can.”

Submits lead vocalist EricMartin, “If we were in the movie business, we’d just put it all up in lights and say, ‘Welcome to The BIG Finish!’ Seriously, I’m glad we’re getting a chance to do it all onstage together as MR. BIG again and raise a flag to everything we’ve done as a band over the years.”

Joining MR. BIG on drums for this special final world tour will be longtime friend of the band NickD’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train), stepping in for founding drummer/vocalist PatTorpey. “We found a wonderful drummer in Nick, and he’s got a great voice too,” confirms Sheehan. “Nick has a vocal range similar to Pat‘s, and he’ll be able to do the parts Pat did with a similar finesse. It’s a big relief because MR. BIG has always been heavy on the harmonies. When the band began, we really relied on each other. We knew each guy would do exactly what he needed to do vocally and to do it righteously, on key, and in time. It’s difficult to find a drummer who sings in that range, but Nick has the voice we really need onstage.”

One particular aspect of this upcoming final run that MR. BIG are excited about to a man is the decision to perform the entirety of their breakthrough Platinum-selling 1991 album Lean Into It from start to finish as a featured highlight of the live setlist. (To be sure, the full setlist will encompass Mr. Big‘s entire career.) Lean Into It is the perfect litmus testament to the band’s inherent dexterity at blending a variety of styles together, whether it’s the heady rocking brew of Green-Tinted Sixties Mind, the power-drilled and power-chorded identity checklist Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy, or the truly heartfelt sentiments found within To Be With YouMR. BIG‘s chart-topping, worldwide #1 smash hit single.

When it comes to harnessing the real thing that best represents the unyielding power of rock & roll, MR. BIG have truly got what it takes. Make sure to catch them before they bring down that final curtain, because when it’s through, it’s through.


Band Members:
Eric Martin – vocals
Billy Sheehan – bass/vocals
Paul Gilbert – guitar/vocals
Nick D’Virgilio – drums/vocals


MR. BIG online:

Official Website