Mr. Big will return with a new album in September. Titled…The Stories We Could Tell, the disc is slated for release on September 23 and will feature the original group lineup of guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, singer Eric Martin, and drummer Pat Torpey.
The new album is the follow-up to the band's 2011 release, What If, that marked Mr. Big's return to their signature hard rock sound.
"This new album rocks,” Gilbert says. “I love playing guitar, singing and writing with Eric, Billy and Pat. And 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," Martin says. "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 Seventies."
The band will support the album with a world tour. However, Pat Torpey will not be joining them on the road. The drummer has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and touring will be too difficult for him at this time. Torpey will, however, perform occasionally with the group, including during the band's acoustic set. Mr. Big plan to announce a drummer for the tour in the near future.