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On stage: Mr. Big



- Mr. Big - Sep. 2009 - Cologne (D) -


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- Mr. Big - September, 10th 2009 - Cologne (D), Essigfabrik -





Mr Big live in Cologne


Mr Big live in Cologne


Mr Big live in Cologne

In 1988 Mr. Big were founded and had several hits before original member guitarist Paul Gilbert left the band and was replaced by Ritchie Kotzen. In 2002 they put the band to rest, but reactivated the original line-up earlier this year due to constant fan demand. After their Japanese tour they are now on the road in Europe. The foursome kicked off the tour in the Estonian capital Tallinn and were now stopping in Cologne for one of the two German shows. Soon there a live CD / DVD will be released, but as they have no new album it was obviously a show for their long-time fans. A nostalgic evening full of Mr. Big hits.
The Americans had no support with them and so they started early - a little after 8 PM. The stage was flooded in red light when they entered the stage. Singer Eric Martin and his mates began with Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy, the song where guitarist Paul Gilbert uses an electric driller to play the guitar. While bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Paul Gilbert were focused on their playing, singer Eric Martin seemed to be in a splendid mood and were always in action. After Take Cover they presented one of their hits - Green-Tinted Sixties Mind - early in the set. And with Alive & Kickin' they cheered up the fans. A trip down memory lane... Especially songs like Just Take My Heart and Temperamental were welcome by their fans. Mr. Big is a band full of very versatile players and so everybody got the chance to shine during the set. First in line was drummer Pat Torpey who played a short, but powerful solo after It's For You. Then it was time for some Bump Ahead stuff... Price You Gotta Pay and the Cat Stevens cover Wild World. After Talk A Walk Paul Gilbert took over and showed off his skills. Part of the audience took the chance to get some fresh air - and have a cigarette - while others enjoyed his performance. A bit later it was time for Billy Sheehan to play a bass solo before the quartet finished their set with Addicted To That Rush. The fans wanted more and they should get some more of Mr. Big. No way the band plays a live show and not gonna do To Be With You - their no. 1 hit. With Colorado Bulldog they rocked the house one more time and with the fast Shyboy they closed the show.
To talk about the craftsmanship would be like carrying coals to Newcastle. To was cool to hear the songs again live and to see the guys perform, but it was more a nostalgic thing. If they really want to keep going, then Mr. Big have to present a new album with some strong songs!




Claudia Ehrhardt

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