Mr. Big Confirm Details of New Album ‘…The Stories We Could Tell’
Three years after breaking a decade-long recording hiatus with their reunion album 'What If...,' Mr. Big are set to continue rocking with their upcoming eighth LP, '...Stories We Could Tell.'
Due Sept. 23, '...Stories' arrives a little over 25 years after the band's self-titled debut. "This new album rocks," enthused guitarist Paul Gilbert. "After 25 years, I'm proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional."
"We wrote songs individually and collectively on this new record," added singer Eric Martin. "To me this is the album that we’ve threatened to make decades ago. A classic, groovin', blues-rock record with the spirit and spark of our rock and soul idols from the '70s. Hells to the yeah, it’s a Mr. Big album complete with all the trimmings. I think whether you've been with us from the beginning or just starting, you’re going to dig where we are coming from and where we’ve been."
'...The Stories We Could Tell' will be followed by a tour that will unfortunately find the band performing without drummer Pat Torpey, whose struggle with Parkinson's disease was recently made public. Although he handled drumming duties for the album, his condition prevents him from joining his bandmates on the road; a replacement for the tour, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 17 in London, has yet to be named.
In other Mr. Big-related news, guitarist Richie Kotzen, who was part of the lineup after Gilbert departed between 1999-2002, has announced the Sept. 2 release of 'The Essential Richie Kotzen,' a two-CD/DVD package collecting archival material, new songs, music videos, and performance footage from throughout his solo career. You can watch a video for Kotzen's new single, 'Walk With Me,' here.
Mr. Big, '...The Stories We Could Tell' Track Listing
'Gotta Love the Ride'
'I Forget to Breathe'
'The Man Who Has Everything'
'The Monster in Me'
'What If We Were New?'
'The Light of Day'
'Just Let Your Heart Decide'
'It’s Always about that Girl'
'The Stories We Could Tell'
'Addicted to that Rush' (Live – Exclusive Bonus Track)