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.


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.


  • 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)

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  • Official Paul Gilbert site (
  • Official Billy Sheehan site (
  • Official Eric Martin site (
  • Official Richie Kotzen site (
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All of the former members with the exception of Pat are still active in the music industry. He named:. He remained with the band until their break-up in 2002. In June 2004 British newspaper The Observer asked Osbourne to name his top ten favourite British albums of all time. Gilbert left in 1997 and Kotzen joined, giving the band more of a blues sound. A number of yet unsigned bands send one member to compete in a challenge to win a spot on the 2005 Ozzfest and a possible recording contract. Eric Martin (vocals)
Pat Torpey (drums)
Billy Sheehan (bass)
Paul Gilbert (guitar 1987-1997)
Richie Kotzen (guitar 1997-2002)
. He and wife Sharon are also on yet another MTV show, this time a competition come reality show entitled "Battle for Ozzfest".

The band broke up in 2002 after selling millions of records world-wide. He takes on the Beatles, King Crimson and the Rolling Stones on this much-anticipated release. They were founded in late 1987 by Billy Sheehan and are probably best known for their 1991 acoustic hit To Be With You. It is rumoured to contain two long-awaited discs, one being a collection of outtakes, rare demos and duets, and the other being a set of cover songs. Big was a US pop/rock band. He is slated to release a box set of his solo work entitled the Bible of Ozz in February of 2005. Mr. The reputed topic is that of the Russian mad monk, Grigory Rasputin, who held sway with Russia's royal Romanov family.

Mr Big is also the name of a 70s UK band, see Mr Big (UK Band). He has also turned his hand to writing a Broadway musical. Official Richie Kotzen site ( Since the accident, he has fully recovered and headlined the 2004 Ozzfest, where he again reunited with Black Sabbath. Official Eric Martin site ( In doing so, he broke the record of the longest period between an artists's first UK chart appearance (with Black Sabbath, Paranoid, number four in August 1970) and their first number one hit — a gap of 33 years. Official Billy Sheehan site ( While in hospital, Osborne achieved his first ever UK number one single, a duet of the Black Sabbath song Changes with daughter Kelly.

Official Paul Gilbert site ( Sharon later revealed that Osbourne had stopped breathing following the crash and was resuscitated by a security guard. Hospital reports indicated that, despite the severity of his injuries, a full recovery was expected. Big site ( An operation was performed to lift the collarbone, which was believed to be resting on a major artery and interrupting blood flow to the arm. Official Mr. Osbourne broke his collar bone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. In Japan (2002). On December 8, 2003, Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgery when he was involved in an accident involving the use of his all-terrain vehicle on his estate in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, UK.

Actual Size (2001). During 2003, a member of Birmingham City Council campaigned for him to be given Freedom of the City. Deep Cuts (2000). The Osbournes, a program featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children Jack and Kelly, but not daughter Aimee, who declined to participate), has turned into one of MTV's greatest hits. Static (2000). Osbourne garnered still greater celebrity status by the unlikely success of his own bizarre brand of reality television. Superfantastic (2000). At least two titles, Speak of the Devil and The Ultimate Sin, were permitted to go out of print entirely.

Get Over It (2000). The bass guitar and drum tracks from Osbourne's first two albums were re-recorded entirely, and the original versions (which featured Daisley and Kerslake) were dropped. Live At Budokan (1997). In the wake of a lawsuit by former band members Daisley and Kerslake, reportedly for unpaid royalties, Osbourne's catalogue was "remastered" again in 2002. Not One Night (1997). Osbourne's first album of new studio material in seven years, 2001's Down to Earth met with only mediocre success, as did its live followup, Live at Budokan. Take Cover (1996). Some acts even had the pleasure to share the bill with a reformed, yet much older Black Sabbath.

Big Bigger Biggest: Greatest Hits (1996). Ozzfest was a quick hit with metal fans, spurring groups like Incubus and Papa Roach to broad exposure and commercial success. Hey Man (1996). Ozzy's biggest financial success of the 1990s was a venture named Ozzfest, created by his wife Sharon and managed loosely by his son Jack. Channel V At The Hard Rock Live (1996). A greatest hits package, The Ozzman Cometh was issued in 1997. Japandemonium: Raw Like Sushi 3 (1994). Also that year, he released Ozzmosis and went on stage again, dubbing his concert performances "The Retirement Sucks Tour".

Bump Ahead (1993). At this point Osbourne expressed his fatigue with the process of touring, and proclaimed his "retirement", which was to be short-lived. Osbourne's entire CD catalog was remastered and reissued in 1995. Raw Like Sushi II (1992). Yet another live album followed in 1993, Live and Loud. Lean Into It (1991). While quite successful as a heavy metal act in the 1980s, Osbourne began to enjoy much broader commercial success in the 1990s, starting with 1991's No More Tears, which enjoyed much radio and MTV exposure. It also initiated a practice of bringing in outside composers to pen much of Ozzy's solo material, instead of relying solely upon the recording ensemble to write and arrange the music. Raw Like Sushi (1990). The subsequent tour saw Osbourne reunited with erstwhile Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler on bass, and a live EP (entitled Just Say Ozzy) featuring this lineup was released two years later.

Big (1989). Meanwhile, Ozzy found his most enduring replacement for Rhoads to date, a guitarist named Zakk Wylde, plucked from a New Jersey bar. Wylde joined Ozzy for his 1988 effort, No Rest for the Wicked, in which Castillo remained on drums and Daisley returned to bass duties. Mr. Excellently recorded, the album cemented Rhoads's legendary stature as an imaginative and talented musician. Ozzy continued to struggle with his chemical dependencies, and commemorated the fifth anniversary of Rhoads's death with Tribute, the live recordings from 1981 that had gone unreleased for years. Lee and Osbourne parted ways in 1987, however, reportedly due to musical differences.

Jake E. Ozzy would ultimately prevail in all of the suits, which the judges would basically rule that Ozzy cannot be held accountable for a listener's actions. Soon after, Ozzy publicly acknowledged he wrote Suicide Solution about his friend, AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott, who died from alcohol abuse, and that alcohol as a solution to one's problems is not the answer (hence the song's title). In late 1986, he was the target in the first of a series of lawsuits brought against him, alleging that one of his songs, Suicide Solution, drove two teenagers to commit suicide because of its subliminal lyrics. Meanwhile, Ozzy was becoming involved in a legal battle of his own.

Lee, formerly of Ratt and Rough Cutt, was a more successful recruit than Torme, recording 1983's Bark at the Moon (with Daisley, Aldridge, and keyboard player Don Airey) and 1986's The Ultimate Sin (with bassist Phil Soussan and drummer Randy Castillo) and touring behind both albums. Jake E. Madonna asked that her vocal not be restored for the hits package, so new vocals by Kim Basinger were added to complement the Ozzy lead. Ozzy's cut was remixed and re-released in the early 1990s for a Was (not Was) Greatest Hits album in Europe and it cracked the UK pop chart.

Her original vocal today remains just one of many Unreleased Madonna Songs. He replaced the original first choice, Madonna. In 1982 Ozzy was the guest vocalist on the Was (not Was) pop dance track Shake Your Head (Let's Go To Bed). This live title, known in the United Kingdom as Talk of the Devil, was originally planned to consist of live recordings from 1981, primarily of Ozzy's solo material, but after Rhoads's death, Osbourne changed his mind, and the album ended up consisting entirely of Ozzy's Black Sabbath material, recorded with Gillis, Sarzo, and Aldridge.

Rhoads's first replacement was Bernie Torme (who reportedly could not cope with the pressures of live performance, and who never recorded with Ozzy), followed by Brad Gillis of Night Ranger, who filled in for an album called Speak of the Devil. During the 1980s and 1990s, Osbourne's career was an effort on two fronts: continuing to make music without Rhoads, and getting clean. Osbourne subsequently fell into a deep depression, compounded by the death of his father. The pilot (also the tour bus driver) clipped the parked bus and crashed into a nearby house, killing himself, Rhoads, and the band's tour hairdresser.

In March 1982, while in Florida for the Diary of A Madman tour, a light aircraft carrying Rhoads crashed while performing low passes over the band's tour bus. He later underwent a number of treatments for alcoholism and drug abuse. He was arrested after urinating on The Alamo while wearing one of his wife's dresses, for which he was banned from San Antonio, Texas for the next ten years. Ozzy was also hospitalized for rabies vaccinations after biting the head off of a stunned bat (which he later claimed to have thought was a rubber toy) thrown on stage by a fan.

He famously bit off the head of a dove during a meeting with his newly signed record company, CBS — though it has been speculated that this was a calculated stunt meant to intimidate the label executives into giving Osbourne more favorable contractual terms. According to press accounts, Osbourne's antics progressively worsened during the 1980s, his alcohol and drug abuse continuing. Undaunted, Osbourne attempted to launch a solo career, and met with considerable success on his very first effort. He divorced his first wife, Thelma, and developed bipolar disorder.

Depressed, his drug and alcohol abuse continued. Ozzy returned however, to record and tour behind 1978's Never Say Die, after which he left the group again in 1979, to be replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Osbourne was kicked out of the group briefly after the band's 1976 effort Technical Ecstasy, and Sabbath went so far as to begin writing and recording with a new singer. Over the duration, however, Iommi began to take the band's music in a more progressive and experimental direction, to Osbourne's distaste.

Nevertheless, the group remained a steadily successful act for over eight years. The rigors of touring and financial success combined to lead some of the band members to drug and alcohol abuse, including Osbourne. Black Sabbath met with swift and enduring success; their early records such as their self-titled debut, Paranoid and Master of Reality in particular are considered heavy metal canon, and selections from Ozzy's Sabbath days have featured prominently in his solo performances. Polka Tulk disbanded, to reform almost immediately as a four-piece consisting of Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, and Ward.

Iommi's style of guitar playing did not mesh well with Phillips's, however, nor with Clarke's saxophone. Ozzy came up with the name after seeing it on a can of talcum powder. At Butler's urgings, Osbourne was brought on board, along with saxophonist Alan Clarke and another guitar player, Jim Phillips, to form the Polka Tulk Blues Band. Rare Breed did not last long, but Osbourne's collaboration with Butler did; in late 1968, Butler was invited to form a new group with guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward, both formerly of a fairly successful local group called Mythology.

equipment his next gig was with a group called Rare Breed, where he met and played with future Black Sabbath bandmate, bassist Terence "Geezer" Butler. Thanks in part to the advantage of owning his own P.A. Personal differences led Ozzy to split with the group, however. Osbourne slowly began to realize his ambitions in 1967; after filling in on vocals for a band called The Music Machine, he landed the singer's duties in an outfit called The Approach, playing R&B tunes in a church basement.

He had several jobs before turning to music, including testing car horns in the Lucas car factory and on the kill floor of an abattoir. He used his time there to give himself his now famous tattoos: OZZY across his knuckles and a smiling face on each knee to cheer himself up. He was sentenced to six weeks at Winson Green Prison. He wore gloves to steal from houses and shops so as not to leave fingerprints, but they were fingerless gloves and he was soon arrested.

Ozzy was not a particulary talented criminal. Ozzy Osbourne, who earned his nickname in his youth, sought a career as a rock singer after hearing The Beatles on the radio, in hopes that it would lift him out of his difficult working-class existence, in which he had some scrapes with the law. He is also a football fan, supporting Aston Villa. Osbourne has been married twice and is father to five children: Jessica Hobbs and Louis Osbourne by first wife Thelma; and Aimee, Kelly and Jack, by current wife Sharon.

John Michael Osbourne (born December 3, 1948, in Aston, a suburb of Birmingham, West Midlands, England), better known as Ozzy Osbourne, was the lead singer of the rock band Black Sabbath and later a popular solo artist. Forenote: All references to the sport of football refer to the European sport, dubbed "soccer" by Americans. 2003 "Changes" (with Kelly Osbourne) #1 UK. 2002 "Dreamer/Gets Me Through" #18 UK.

1995 "Perry Mason" #23 UK. 1992 "Mama, I'm Coming Home" #28 US. 1991 "No More Tears" #31 UK. 1986 "Shot in the Dark" #20 UK.

1984 "So Tired" #20 UK. 1983 "Bark at the Moon" #21 UK. Bible of Ozz - 2005 (box). The Essential Ozzy Osbourne - 2003 (compilation), #21 UK, #81 US.

Live at Budokan - 2002 (live), #70 US. The Osbournes Family Album - 2002 (compilation). Ozzfsest 2001 The Second Millenium - 2001 (compilation)

    . Ozzfest - Second Stage Live - 2001 (compilation).

    Down to Earth - 2001, #19 UK, #4 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. The Ozzfest - 1997 (compilation, out of print). The Ozzman Cometh - 1997 (compilation), #13 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. Ozzmosis - 1995, #22 UK, #4 US, US Sales: 2,000,000.

    Live and Loud - 1993 (live), #22 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. No More Tears - 1991, #17 UK, #7 US, US Sales: 4,000,000. Just Say Ozzy - 1990 (live, EP), #58 US, US Sales: 500,000. Ten Commandments - 1990, (rare out of print, greatest hits).

    Best of Ozz - 1989 (compilation). No Rest for the Wicked - 1988, #23 UK, #13 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. Tribute - 1987 (live), #13 UK, #6 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. The Ultimate Sin - 1986, #8 UK, #6 US, US Sales: 2,000,000.

    Bark at the Moon - 1983, #24 UK, #19 US, US Sales: 3,000,000. Speak of the Devil - 1982 (live), #21 UK, #14 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. Diary of a Madman - 1981, #14 UK, #16 US, US Sales: 3,000,000. Blizzard Of Ozz - 1981, #7 UK, #21 US, US Sales: 4,000,000.

    Machine Head - Deep Purple. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin. Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads. Imagine - John Lennon.

    Abbey Road - The Beatles. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd. So - Peter Gabriel. Band on the Run - Paul McCartney.

    Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles. Sgt. Revolver - The Beatles.

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