Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Mr. Big @ Bataclan, Paris - March 26th, 2024


Last time we saw Mr. Big they were a support act for Aerosmith, fresh off their third record "Bump Ahead". Now, over three decades later, they've journeyed through every twist and turn of rock stardom: the highs of radio hits and packed arenas, the lows of lineup changes and even tragedy. But tonight, billed as The BIG Finish, they're wrapping it all up in a blaze of glory, thanking fans spanning generations for their unwavering support.

Launching into the set with pedal-to-the-metal energy on "Addicted To That Rush," followed by the relentless drive of "Take Cover" and "Price You Gotta Pay," Mr. Big takes us back 33 years to the day with their landmark album "Lean Into It," played in full and in sequence. From the electrifying solos of "Daddy, Brother, Love, Little Boy" (complete with electric drills) to the heart-rending balladry of "Just Take My Heart," every note resonates with timeless power. And of course, the crowd erupts as they close out this nostalgic journey with the iconic "To Be With You," to the delight of every girlfriend in attendance.

Nick D'Virgilio steps into the drum throne left vacant by the late Pat Torpey, and from the first beat, he proves himself more than capable, his tenor vocals adding a new dimension to the band's harmonies. Meanwhile, Eric Martin's vocal resilience shines through despite the toll of relentless touring, supported by the talented Michele Luppi. On bass, Billy Sheehan is a force of nature, his solo a whirlwind display of virtuosity and sheer joy. And Paul Gilbert, though initially unassuming, unleashes a torrent of dazzling riffs and solos, reminding us why he's a guitar hero in every sense.

But what truly sets Mr. Big apart is their camaraderie and infectious energy on stage. From their playful cover of the classic doo-wop number "Good Lovin'", where they switched instruments, to the explosive finale of Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" and The Who's "Baba O'Reilly," they leave it all on the stage, proving that for them, it's not just about the music—it's about the shared experience of pure rock 'n' roll bliss. 

As the lights dim and the final chords fade, a sense of bittersweet nostalgia fills the air. This may be the last Parisian performance for Mr. Big, but it's a send-off worthy of their legendary status.

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