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Concert Gallery: Mr. Big at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA

August 26, 2011 by  
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Mr. Big
August 24, 2011
Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Eric Martin of Mr Big

In 2009 melodic rock fans rejoiced when the original Mr. Big line-up (Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums) announced their reunion to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their debut self-titled album.  A reunion tour in Japan followed but fans stateside were wondering if that would be it?

With so many years in the rear-view mirror the band decided to roll the dice on a new album.  The chemistry seemed to be there and with the help of producer Kevin Shirley the band was able to really get back to their roots with What If.., their first album together in fourteen years.  The album is a testament of their collective musicianship and was recorded in a way that truly captured the live, raw, energy of the band.  With a fresh new take on the genre the album ushers Mr. Big into the 21st century with a bang!

TWRY recently caught up with Mr. Big’s Eric Martin to discuss the reunion, the new album, and of course everything leading up to it.

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales
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Richie Kotzen

May 18, 2010 by  
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Triple threat singer, songwriter and monster guitarist Richie Kotzen’s latest solo release “Peace Sign” marks his 20th solo album in as many years.  An all around gifted musician, his style ranges from rock to jazz to blues with some pop and soul thrown in for good measure – clearly there are no boundaries when it comes to his creativity.

Breaking through with his instrumental albums in the late 80’s Kotzen started to make some noise around the same time as some other greats that were part of the ‘new crop’ of shredder guitarists (Tony Macalpine, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe and Jason Becker) who helped usher us into the 90’s with their amazing fretwork.  Kotzen’s guitar playing in particular made many take notice and music fans may recall his time spent playing guitar with Poison and Mr. Big. Although these gigs opened some doors for him it’s undoubtedly his solo work that truly fuels his soul. 

Richie recently embarked on a North American tour in support of “Peace Sign.” hitting up some parts of the country that he hasn’t seen in awhile.  His stops include a show on May 27th at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA which will mark his first solo show ever in the state.  I had a chance to catch up with Richie just four days into his current U.S tour to talk about his career, the tour and Ronnie James Dio.

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales
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