This is a reunion I cannot wait to see, “Mr. Big,” is in talks of a reunion. Formed in Los Angeles back in 1988. With an incredible lineup of Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey. Got to see them many times including at the Ritz in Roseville and Harpo’s concert theater.
Eric Martin still has those incredible vocals and has confirmed that the band will return “in the middle of 2023” with a “phenomenal” new drummer, one that the late Pat Torpey would approve of. Sadly the band’s original drummer Pat Torpey passed away in 2018 from Parkinson’s disease. The band is not releasing the new drummer’s name as of yet till the official press release is out.
My favorites from Mr. Big include hits like, “Green Tinted Sixties Mind,” “Addicted To That Rush,” “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy,” and the huge hit, “To Be With You.” The show was at the Ritz back in 1994 on a cold night in February in Roseville, Michigan. I will never forget it. I was in the Ritz front office when Eric Martin came in and sat down and we had a chat. The telephone rang and I picked up the girl on the other end of the line and asked if Mr. Big was playing at the bar that night. Eric grabbed the phone and started singing to her on the phone. All I could hear is the girl screaming with joy. The show was one of the best I had ever seen.
15 Rock Songs Turning 40 in 2023
AHH… the ’80s… I love you so much. It’s always when we reflect back to our childhood that terms like “simpler times” arise. I have a list of 15 rock songs turning 40 and I love them all. First, let’s just take a moment to reflect on 1983.
Mario Bros. was first released as an arcade game. Cabbage Patch dolls were all the rage… I think I still have one in a box in the basement. They’ll be worth money someday. lol It’s always what we trash that ends up selling on E-bay for a fortune, but those in-the-moment trends? Not so much (sorry Squishmellow fans but it’s true). In 1983, I was very busy being an awkward pre-teen. It was tough work, but I made being awkward look easy. 1983 was part of my definitive musical period. The music of the ’80s is like DNA attached to my memories of growing up and starting to find my place in the world.
MTV was HUGE by 1983. Every song on my list of 15 rock songs turning 40 in 2023 is a song I love and a video I remember (three exceptions). MTV helped make so many careers. Not that the music wasn’t great without MTV (it was), but MTV gave ACCESS to that music on a level I hadn’t known before. I always loved radio, but I never knew what I’d hear (and see) next on MTV… at least that was the case in 1983.
15 Rock Songs Turning 40 in 2023
Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock.
When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity.
“CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle