Photo By William Hames

Drum Magazine is sad to report that drummer Pat Torpey, a founding member of Mr. Big, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Family, band, and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending.

Mr. Big (Torpey, Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, and Paul Gilbert) released its ninth original studio album, Defying Gravity, on July 21, 2017.


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The band formed in 1988 and produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, including ballads, heavy metal, and blues rock. Their hits included “Alive And Kicking,” “Just Take My Heart”, and the chart-topping ballad, “To Be With You”, which charted on Billboard’s Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries for weeks in 1991, propelling the band to international success and multi-Platinum record sales.

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