Following the release of his new album ‘Behold Electric Guitar, Paul Gilbert will be taking to the road and playing 9 shows through the UK in September.

The Illinois born, Mr. Big co-founder and Racer X star is now on his 15th solo studio album and continues to enthrall. His latest album was released on Music Theories Recordings in May and received a wave of critical praise with Planet Rock Magazine calling it “immaculate”, Classic Rock lauding its “fret-scorching fireworks” and Powerplay calling him an “astonishing talent” amongst others.

Talking about the upcoming tour, Gilbert says; “After a month of touring in the USA, my band and I are deep into the songs, and warmed up for our upcoming shows in Russia, Europe, and the U.K.! One of my best moments was when my old Racer X bandmate, Bruce Bouillet came to a show and afterwards wrote, ‘Paul and his band killed it… I’ll go so far as saying this is the best I’ve seen him play.’ Thanks Bruce! And thank YOU. See you on tour!”

Paul Gilbert‘Behold Electric Guitar’ September UK Tour

Tickets available from
paulgilbert.com/tour

Mon 16 Sep – The Fleece, Bristol
Tues 17 Sep – Riverside, Newcastle
Weds 18 Sep – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thurs 19 Sep – Academy 3, Manchester
Fri 20 Sep – Sub 89, Reading
Sat 21 Sep – Engine Rooms, Southampton
Sun 22 Sep – O2 Islington Academy, London
Mon 23 Sep – The Mill, Birmingham
Tues 24 Sep – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes

After his recent move to Portland, Oregon, Paul set out to connect with the best and grooviest musicians in the area, and record an album in his brand new hometown. Brian Foxworth (drums) and Asher Fulero (keyboards) were both obvious choices to play Paul’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, and pop flavors. When Paul’s regular Portland bassist Kelly Lemieux was unavailable (due to his touring with Buckcherry), Paul reached out to New Orleans bass legend, Roland Guerin. Roland came to Portland weeks before the recording dates for intense rehearsing and arranging sessions.

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Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Bannermans, Edinburgh

26 Mar 2015

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

The first time I heard Eric Martin was just after Sucker for a Pretty Face came out and both the songs and his voice just blew me away. I have been a fan ever since through his solo stuff and most of Mr Big with Paul Gilbert. In my humble opinion he has the perfect rock voice from crooning to screaming and all stops in between. Therefore, the opportunity to see him in an intimate setting such as Bannerman’s in Edinburgh doing a solo acoustic set was just too much to resist.

Mr Martin opened the evening with a Mr Big number from the last album (which I think was Where Do I Fit In?) followed by a Ritchie Kotzen album song (called Electrified I think) both of which I am not overly familiar with. But they were still awesome despite that! However, the rest of the evening we were treated to more familiar material. This included superb renditions of Voodoo Kiss and Burning in my Mind before a newer song was introduced which I didn’t quite catch the name of. This was mainly due to the delay while there were technical problems with the sound, which Mr Martin duly filled in with some hilarious rock’n’roll tales. I can’t repeat them as he ‘asked us all no to’ but they involved chicken salad and two legendary British rock vocalists! This was followed with Just Take My Heart, Take Cover, Going Where the Wind Blows and Shine from a number of Mr Big albums. We were then treated to an awesome rendition of Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song) followed by Cat Stevens Wild World which Mr Big covered on the Bump Ahead album. The place was singing in full voice when Mr Martin did a stellar version of To Be With You which nearly raised the roof. There was also time for another sing-along song in the shape of Dancin’ With My Devils with the crowd playing its part to the max. We were finally treated to an encore of Undertow which closed the evening perfectly.

I have been lucky enough to see Mr Big a few times and once back in the 90s when they first toured the UK and Mr Martin has never failed to deliver. However, I was intrigued to see what he would be like in such a small venue having played some spectacular venues in his time.

Not only did he sparkle as much as he always does vocally and proved himself a handy guitarist, we got to see what a consummate professional and excellent front man he really is. He not only comfortably filled the time while the sound problems were sorted with his amusing stories, but engaged freely with the audience throughout the gig. His one-liners were priceless and he even held some conversations with people in the audience. He came across as humorous and affable and the kind of guys you could happily spend an evening with socially, which I can’t see about many musicians, I have met, although there are some very notable exceptions! There were no airs and graces and he seemed as comfortable in this intimate setting as he is on bigger stages. Add this to his absolutely humongous voice and a back catalogue of songs that any singer would be envious of (me for one!) and I just wonder if there really is any justice in the world, as this guy should still be filling stadiums as both solo artist and Mr Big singer.

Mr Martin you are indeed Mr Vocalist and more! Awesome, just absolutely awesome!

The Stories We Could Tell

Hard rock’s original supergroup, Mr. Big are back with a vengeance with their new album …The Stories We Could Tell. The band’s eighth studio album is slated for release in the UK on Monday 22nd September, followed by North American release on Tuesday 23rd September via Frontiers Music Srl.  “This new album rocks,” says Paul Gilbert. “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,” says 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 70’s. 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 original line-up comprised of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey ( drums), are back with some of their most powerful material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release “What If,” that marked the band’s return to their signature hard rock sound. The new album is available for pre-order via Amazon UK.  Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London’s Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website to view all their 2014 tour dates.

The band recently announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour. He did complete all of the drumming on the upcoming album, but unfortunately touring will be too difficult for him at the present time. Mr. Big intends to announce a drummer in the near future who will handle most of Mr. Big’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the group’s acoustic set.

Album Track Listing:

1)            Gotta Love The Ride

2)            I Forget To Breathe

3)            Fragile

4)            Satisfied

5)            The Man Who Has Everything

6)            The Monster In Me

7)            What If We Were New?

8)            East/West

9)            The Light Of Day

10)          Just Let Your Heart Decide

11)          It’s Always About That Girl

12)          Cinderella Smile

13)          The Stories We Could Tell

14)          Addicted To That Rush (Live – Exclusive Bonus Track)

Mr Big

Mr Big

LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London’s Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 – their only show on these shores this year.

The original line up of super-piped vocalist Eric Martin, shred legend Paul Gilbert, bass god Billy Sheehan, and powerhouse drummer Pat Torpey will perform songs from their vast catalogue, spanning nearly 25 years.

With huge tunes such as “Addicted To That Rush”, “Green Tinted Sixties Mind”, “Undertow”, “Ain’t Seen Love Like That” and of course their 1991 smash hit “To Be With You”, this exclusive British Isles show is unmissable for any Mr Big fan.

Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 27th June and are available from www.kililive.com and www.seetickets.com

This will be the last show of February! The year is gathering speed………..and so I’d better get on with a playlist.

Starting off with some southern rock from  Gary Lee Jeffries, then a 3-play of new music from  Greek rockers Dope Flood, then Angel Heart & Helloween. The last two songs of the show are from Millenium & a great cover from Mr. Big.

Tune in this Sunday on either (or both) Pirate Radio KQLZ (@1pm PST /9pm GMT) & Kansas City Online Radio KCOR (@ 8am CST / 2pm GMT)