Mr. Big (band)

Mr Big is also the name of a 70s UK band, see Mr Big (UK Band)

Mr. Big was a US pop/rock band. They were founded in late 1987 by Billy Sheehan and are probably best known for their 1991 acoustic hit To Be With You. The band broke up in 2002 after selling millions of records world-wide.

Members

Eric Martin (vocals)
Pat Torpey (drums)
Billy Sheehan (bass)
Paul Gilbert (guitar 1987-1997)
Richie Kotzen (guitar 1997-2002)

Gilbert left in 1997 and Kotzen joined, giving the band more of a blues sound. He remained with the band until their break-up in 2002. All of the former members with the exception of Pat are still active in the music industry.

Discography

  • Mr. Big (1989)
  • Raw Like Sushi (1990)
  • Lean Into It (1991)
  • Raw Like Sushi II (1992)
  • Bump Ahead (1993)
  • Japandemonium: Raw Like Sushi 3 (1994)
  • Channel V At The Hard Rock Live (1996)
  • Hey Man (1996)
  • Big Bigger Biggest: Greatest Hits (1996)
  • Take Cover (1996)
  • Not One Night (1997)
  • Live At Budokan (1997)
  • Get Over It (2000)
  • Superfantastic (2000)
  • Static (2000)
  • Deep Cuts (2000)
  • Actual Size (2001)
  • In Japan (2002)

Related links

  • Official Mr. Big site (http://www.mrbigsite.com/)
  • Official Paul Gilbert site (http://www.paulgilbert.com/)
  • Official Billy Sheehan site (http://www.billysheehan.com/)
  • Official Eric Martin site (http://www.ericmartin.com/)
  • Official Richie Kotzen site (http://www.richiekotzen.com/)
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All of the former members with the exception of Pat are still active in the music industry. Pearl Jam (1991-present):. He remained with the band until their break-up in 2002. Temple of the Dog (1990-1991):. Gilbert left in 1997 and Kotzen joined, giving the band more of a blues sound. Mother Love Bone (1988-1991):. Eric Martin (vocals)
Pat Torpey (drums)
Billy Sheehan (bass)
Paul Gilbert (guitar 1987-1997)
Richie Kotzen (guitar 1997-2002)
. The group has also made the obligatory promotional appearances on television shows, such as The Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live.

The band broke up in 2002 after selling millions of records world-wide. Vedder is the president of the official Ramones fan club. They were founded in late 1987 by Billy Sheehan and are probably best known for their 1991 acoustic hit To Be With You. He also lists Neil Young as one of his greatest musical influences. Big was a US pop/rock band. Eddie Vedder is a huge fan of The Who, and has appeared several times on stage with Pete Townshend. Mr. In 2004, the band explicitly withdrew its support for Nader, with members appearing in Rolling Stone to promote the candidacy of John Kerry, and on the Vote for Change tour.

Mr Big is also the name of a 70s UK band, see Mr Big (UK Band). Pearl Jam was an outspoken supporter of Ralph Nader's presidency run in 2000. Official Richie Kotzen site (http://www.richiekotzen.com/). The band was also awarded a Grammy for best hard rock performance for this track. Official Eric Martin site (http://www.ericmartin.com/). "Spin the Black Circle", a track on Vitalogy, serves as their homage to the traditional vinyl format. Official Billy Sheehan site (http://www.billysheehan.com/). And only their first two albums, when they had little clout, were released in the standard CD jewel case.

Official Paul Gilbert site (http://www.paulgilbert.com/). No Code, for example, includes a collection of Polaroids taken by the band. Big site (http://www.mrbigsite.com/). Pearl Jam has, since their genesis, expended more than the normal effort on liner notes, producing some of the most original in the industry. Official Mr. Pundits say if Pearl Jam's move is successful, it may be the death knell of the music industry as it is known today. In Japan (2002). Pearl Jam states it has "no interest at this time" of signing with another label and is "excited about our freedom".

Actual Size (2001). This move is viewed a something of a coup and has been described as "...one institution leaving another, the most popular and important American rock band of the '90's, voluntarily rejecting the grandest label heritage...". Deep Cuts (2000). In June 2003, the band announced they were officially leaving their label of twelve years, Epic Records. Static (2000). However, the main concept for the album is love. Superfantastic (2000). In this album, the band makes numerous political statements.

Get Over It (2000). On the group's 2002 release, Riot Act, the band continued innovating and refused commercialize their music. Live At Budokan (1997). Some controversy arose over who was responsible for the accident, after Pearl Jam was blamed in the official investigation. Not One Night (1997). The two remaining dates of the tour were cancelled, and the band seriously considered retiring after this event. Take Cover (1996). Nine people died, and the band stopped playing when they realized what was happening.

Big Bigger Biggest: Greatest Hits (1996). Unfortunately, the 2000 European tour ended when on June 30 a tragic accident happened at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, where fans were crushed and suffocated as the surging crowd left them no chance to escape. Hey Man (1996). A further 72 albums were released from the 2003 tour, and they continue releasing more of these "bootlegs" to this day. Channel V At The Hard Rock Live (1996). All totalled, they released 72 albums, most of them double, and set a record for most albums to debut in the Billboard top 200 at the same time. Japandemonium: Raw Like Sushi 3 (1994). Pearl Jam released all of the albums in record stores as well as through their fan club.

Bump Ahead (1993). They originally intended to release these official bootlegs only to fan club members, but their record contract prevented them from doing so. Raw Like Sushi II (1992). After the release of Binaural, and the resulting tour of Europe and North America, the band hit upon a unique idea. Noting the popularity of illegal bootleg recordings, and the desire of fans to own a copy of the shows they attended, Pearl Jam hatched a plan to professionally record each and every show on their tour. Lean Into It (1991). It seems that by this time, grunge was irrevocably dead. Raw Like Sushi (1990). Yield, upon release, was proclaimed as a return to the band's early, straight-forward-rock sound, but it failed to sell as well as their earlier albums.

Big (1989). Brad, Gossard's side project, was formed around this time. Mr. No Code is the primary example, as is Vedder's collaboration with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the Dead Man Walking soundtrack. Also, at this time, Eddie Vedder began to steer the group in a non-commercial direction, and the music began to re-earn its alternative label. But over the next few years, their popularity declined, in part because of their unwillingness to record videos and because of a lawsuit alleging a Ticketmaster monopoly which stifled the launch of supportive tours.

Pearl Jam's first three albums were huge, commercially and critically. Their only professional video, "Jeremy", was huge hit on Mtv and won several video music awards. Their first album produced three smash hits that propelled them into the music scene (Evenflow, Alive, and Jeremy). Their debut albumTen, contains eleven tracks, many of them dealing with melancholic issues like depression, suicide, loneliness, and murder.

(See Green River). Kurt Cobain at one point angrily attacked the group because he saw them as commercial "sell outs"; however Kurt and Eddie Vedder later reconciled and reportedly became friends. Pearl Jam became a key member of the Seattle grunge explosion, along with Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. Keeping Blaylock in mind, the band decided to honor him by using his jersey number as the title of their debut album.

The name Pearl Jam was an inside joke having to do with a hallucinogenic, peyote-laced jam that Eddie's grandmother Pearl was known for. The band later changed its name to Pearl Jam after being signed to Epic. Eddie and the band hit it off and, with the addition of Dave Krusen on drums, Mookie Blaylock was formed. He sent the tape with his vocals back to the band and they were so impressed that they had Vedder fly to Seattle to try out for the band.

They formed a story of incest, madness, and murder that became known to fans as the "Mamasan trilogy". He rushed back home and in one flurry of creativity recorded the vocals to three songs (Alive, Footsteps, and Once). The songs were what Eddie would later describe as a mini-opera. While he was out in the water, the music played in his head and the lyrics came to him. Eddie listened to the tape shortly before going surfing.

This tape made it to ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, who passed it on to Eddie Vedder during one of their hiking trips. Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament recruited guitarist Mike McCready and recorded a 3 song demo tape. The album was a moderate success, and the remaining members soon formed Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder appeared as guest vocalist on the track "Hunger Strike".

As a tribute to Wood, Ament and Gossard, with old friends Matt Cameron and Chris Cornell (both of Soundgarden), released Temple of the Dog (also the name under which they played together). Mother Love Bone's EP, Shine (1989 in music) and the album, Apple (1990 in music) were released posthumously, and the band decided to discontinue the name. He was found dead of an overdose before he could quit. Wood checked himself into a rehab center in order to defeat a painful heroin addiction.

They signed to Polygram and began recording and touring. In addition to Green River's Ament, Gossard, and Bruce Fairweather (guitar), the band also featured Andrew Wood (lead singer, piano), and Greg Gilmore (drums). The band Mother Love Bone formed in 1988 out of the ashes of Green River, and immediately created a buzz among critics (see 1988 in music). Before their mainstream success as "Pearl Jam", certain members had recorded successfully as Mother Love Bone and Temple of the Dog.

Pearl Jam was one of the most popular bands of the grunge music era in the early 1990s. 2002 "I am Mine" #26 UK. from "Riot Act"

    . 2000 "Nothing as It Seems" #22 UK.

    from "Binaural"

      . 1999 "Last Kiss" #2 US. from "No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees" various artists charity album
        . 1998 "Wishlist" #30 UK.

        1998 "Given to Fly" #21 US, #12 UK. from "Yield"

          . 1996 "Hail, Hail". 1996 "Who You Are" #31 US, #18 UK.

          from "No Code"

            . 1995 "I Got ID" #25 UK. non-album single recorded with Neil Young during the "Mirror Ball" sessions
              . 1995 "Corduroy".

              1995 "Not for You" #34 UK. 1994 "Tremor Christ" #18 US. 1994 "Spin the Black Circle" #10 UK. from "Vitalogy"

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                1994 "Elderly Woman Behind A Counter in a Small Town". 1994 "Dissident" #14 UK. 1994 "Daughter" #18 UK. from "Vs."

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                  1992 "Jeremy" #7 US (1995 release), #15 UK. 1992 "Even Flow" #27 UK. 1992 "Alive" #16 UK. from "Ten"

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                    It debuted at number 55 on the Billboard Top 200, the first vinyl record album to chart since the introduction of the compact disc format. Vitalogy was released first on vinyl, on November 22, 1994. Download sample of "Daughter" from Vs.. Eddie Vedder - Guitar, Lead Vocals.

                    Mike McCready - Guitar. Stone Gossard - Guitar. Matt Cameron - Drums. Jeff Ament - Bass Guitar.

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