Mr Big – “Live From Milan” 2CD / 3LP / Blu-Ray (Frontiers Music)
Anyone who’s into this hard / soft rock super group will go insane for this amazing live release! Filmed in Milan, Italy, this 22 track monster could be a ‘best of’ by Mr Big if it were not for a greater significance – that it is the last live recording by drummer Pat Torpey (John Parr, Belinda Carlisle, The Knack), who passed away from complications due to Parkinson’s in early 2018. Bravely soldiering on through the numbers, Pat was supported by Matt Starr (Burning Rain, Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner) who has since inherited his mantle. Despite the cloud, all the band are on top form as Eric Martin leads them through classics like ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind’, ‘Rock & Roll Over’ and fan favourite ‘Addicted To That Rush’ in what by all accounts looks like a steam house of a sold out concert. With guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan all over the numbers as you might expect, both naturally get their solo pieces demonstrating virtuosic and acrobatic fret board work, proving that they’ve lost none of gifted talents despite hitting middle age and beyond – quite the opposite in fact – as acknowledged by the rapturous crowd response who chant their name on more than one occasion! As such, this gig captures a special moment in time for a band still kicking out the jams as well as a fitting epitaph to their drummer and friend. Dedicated to Pat Torpey 1953 – 2018.