Mr. Bigare best known for their hit, To Be With You, in 1992. Mr. Big combined the trends of the rock of the 1980's and their own technical mix called shredding. The group began when Billy Sheehan (bass player and also former player for guitarist Steve Vai), left David Lee Roth’s solo band in 1988. He got together with Paul Gilbert (guitarist), Pat Tropey (drums), and singer Eric Martin. Eric had released a number of albums in the 1980's with his Eric Martin Band. The quartet landed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and the same year released a debut album which was self titled. The album caused quite a buzz with other musicians but did not make any hit with the rock audience in the U. S. But it was a smash hit in Japan. In 1991,tThe group got their big breakthrough with their second album called, Lean Into It. It contained two ballads which gained the group commercial success. They were, To Be With You, and Just Take My Heart. It also contained rock songs that would remain popular for years to come. One of them was, Green Tinted Sixties Mind. Their other releases were Bump Ahead (released in 1993), and Hey Man (released in 1996), but they did not gain them the success that they had accomplished earlier. However, in Japan, they continued to perform to sell out tours which resulted in some live releases for the Japanese market. They released, From Raw Like Sushi (1991), and Mr. Big In Japan (2002).
In 1997, Paul Gilbert left the band to pursue a solo career and to eventually reform Racer X which was his former group. Richie Kotzen replaced Paul as guitarist. He also did occasional vocals. The group released two studio albums after that. They were, Get Over It (in 2000), and Actual Size (in 2001). The later featured the single, Shine, which was used as the ending theme for the animation series of Hellsing.
There was a lot of tension in the group between Billy Sheehan and the other members and this led to a breakup of the band. They did a farewell tour for the Japanese because they had a contract to do a tour so they had to comply. The group was a multi million record selling band and they broke up in 2002. All of the members are still working in the music business in one form or another. The band had also contributed to the soundtrack for Sega Mega CD release of The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin in 1993. The albums released by the group, both live and studio, were, Raw Like Sushi, Mr. Big Live, Raw Like Sushi II, Japandemonium : Raw Like Sushi 3, Channel V At the Hard Rock Live, In Japan, Mr. Big, Lean Into It, Bump Ahead, Hey Man, Get Over It, and Actual Size.
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