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Big news, really big as the rumors are confirmed. Mr. Big Announces a January & February U.S. Tour. So far 23 dates are set to go. Plans also for the band to play the smash album, “Lean Into In,” in its entirety and more surprises. They are calling the tour The Big Finish. Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Nick D’Virgilio will take over on drums. The band’s original drummer Pat Torpey lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease five years ago. The band now feels it’s time to go out the way they want to.  “BIG.”

Mr Big

Mr Big at Harpo’s 8-20-2011

This Will Be A Can’t-Miss Concert

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.

The Big Band Is Ready

Eric Martin still has those incredible vocals and had 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. Nicholas D’Virgilio is the new drummer or nickname, NDV. Best known as a member of the progressive rock band Spock’s Beard.

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 was the girl screaming with joy. The show was one of the best I had ever seen.


Jan. 12 – Houston, TX – Rise Rooftop
Jan. 13 – Dallas, TX – The Factory In Deep Ellum
Jan. 17 – Key West, FL – Rokisland Fest
Jan. 20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Jan. 21 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
Jan. 23 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Jan. 24 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Jan. 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Ludlow Garage
Jan. 28 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’S Rhythm Grille
Jan. 30 – Portland, ME – Aura
Jan. 31 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theater
Feb. 02 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Feb. 03 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Feb. 06 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
Feb. 07 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
Feb. 09 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Feb. 14 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
Feb. 16 – Des Plains, IL – Des Plains Theatre
Feb. 17 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
Feb. 20 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
Feb. 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Fitzgerald Theater
Feb. 23 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
Feb. 24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

Ten Famous "Joes" of Classic Rock

March 27th is National Joe Day. Do you know any Joes? You have to. It’s a mathematical impossibility if you live in the U.S.A. Maybe you are a Joe, if so, you should check out my 12 exceptionally fun Joe shirts (the definition of “Joe” shirt is my favorite). Some of my favorite people are Joes. Some of my favorite rockers are Joes too! In honor of National Joe Day, I give you ten famous Joes of classic rock… but first, let’s talk about some famous Joes that aren’t musicians.

Other Famous Joes

JOE LOUIS: You can’t be from Detroit and not know the name “Joe Louis.”  The Brown Bomber is the inspiration behind The Fist.  How many great memories do you have from Joe Louis Arena?  Joe Loius was one of the greatest and most influential boxers EVER.

JOE NAMATH: Broadway Joe… I swear most Joes have or need nicknames to differentiate themselves from all the other Joes.  The star quarterback of The Jets, Joe Namath, threw for more than 4,000 yards in 1967 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

JOE MANGANIELLO:  I think he’s Italian. lol… Joe Manganiello is an actor (True Blood… Magic Mike) and a producer and director.  He’s also married to Sophia Vergara

JOE PESCI: Is Joe Pesci funny? “I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown?”  One of the most famous movie lines ever was delivered with perfection by Joe Pesci in Goodfellas.  Joe won an Oscar for his role as Tommy DeVito.

Now on with the Joe, I mean show…

Ten Famous Joes of  Classic Rock

  • Joe Walsh

    Joe Walsh has been a member of the James Gang, The Eagles, and had a very successful solo career.  Joe Walsh is a singer and songwriter.  He is also one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Pete Townshend said in a Rolling Stone interview, “Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There’re not many like that around.”

    Joe Walsh has been sober for 30 years and even wrote a song about it to support others in recovery.  He’s also been involved in veteran charities for years.  Joe created his own 501-C3, VetsAid that raises money for Ohio veterans with an annual concert.  The 2022 VetsAid sold out and raised $650,000 for Ohio veterans.  The concert featured Dave Grohl and The Black Keys.

  • Joe Elliot

    Joe Elliot is the lead singer and a founding member of Def Leppard.  Joe first played live with Def Leppard at a spoon factory in front of six people.  They played five songs AND an encore.

    While some members of Def Leppard did have issues with substances, overall, Def Leppard was not prone to being outrageous while on tour. Joe Elliot said, “Since rock bands discovered accountants, they don’t throw TVs out of windows at 500 quid a time.”

  • Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker was one of the best frontmen in the world of rock.  Incredibly expressive, his deep growling voice was instantly distinguished.  Some of Joe Cocker’s biggest songs were covers, including “With A little Help From My Friends,” “You Are So Beautiful,” and “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” but man, did he make them his own.

    Joe’s career spanned more than four decades.  He released a total of 22 albums.

  • Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer was born a “John:”  John Graham Mellor. Joe was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist, and co-lead vocalist of one of my favorite bands, The Clash.  Joe didn’t have the easiest life growing up.  He only saw his parents once a year from ages 9-16.  He and his brother grew up in boarding schools.

    The Clash formed in 1976 and played their first show on July 4th of that same year.  They opened for the Sex Pistols.

  • Joe Perry

    Joe Perry‘s first set of strings were on a ukulele given to him by his uncle.  Joe Perry dealt with ADHD before anyone knew what it was.  His parents sent him to the Vermont Academy his junior year hoping that being surrounded by an educational environment would help his struggles with learning.  Joe said in an interview with The Burlington Free Press, “It was a real education for me and not the kind of learning they (his parents) sent me there for.”  The students were from around the world and brought some good and bad influences with them.  It was during this time that Joe became very focused on music and playing guitar.

    In the ’60s, Joe Perry formed The Jam Band with Tom Hamilton.  Steve Tyler, Brad Whitford, and our next Joe…y.

  • Joey Kramer

    Joey Kramer is one who is actually credited with creating the name “Aerosmith.” I heard that Steven Tyler would doodle on his notebook during high school and had come up with the name, but I was incorrect.  It was actually Joey Kramer that did the doodling.  Joey told UltimateClassicRock, “I was listening to an album at the time, by Harry Nilsson, called Aerial Ballet. We were listening to this record and I started really getting off on the lyrics. We started kicking around this word ‘aerial,’ and ‘aerial’ eventually came into ‘aero’ – I don’t know how that happened.”

    Side note, Joey Kramer has his own coffee brand.


  • Joey Ramone

    Joey Ramone was born Jeffrey Hyman and he was the voice of punk rock.  Joey Ramone started out on drums before moving to lead vocals. No one’s story is quite like The Ramones: multiple band members changed their last name to “Ramone.” With leather jackets, long black hair, and shades, The Ramones blasted onto the New York scene at CBGB’s… man, I would have loved to have been at one of those shows.

  • Billy Joe Armstrong

    Billie Joe Armstrong is a founding member, singer, and predominant songwriter for Green Day. Billie Joe’s love of music was encouraged early in life when, at age 5, his music teacher encouraged him to record a song.  At age ten, Billie Joe met Mike Dirnt in the school cafeteria and they bonded over music.  Billie Joe Armstrong has two sons, the oldest is another Joe.

  • Joe Jackson

    Joe Jackson was 16 when he was playing the piano in bars and winning scholarships for his musical abilities.  “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” started out as a joke.  Joe is also well known for the song “Stepping Out.”

  • Joe Satriani

    Joe Satriani is a guitar god’s god. Joe’s website lists him as “The world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer, with six gold and platinum discs to his credit… and sales in excess of 10 million copies.”

    Early on. Joe Satriani was a guitar instructor.  His pupils included Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett.

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

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