R.I.P. Pat Torpey
TORPEY, FOUNDING MEMBER OF MR.BIG, DIES AT 64
and founding member of MR. BIG, Pat Torpey, passed away Wednesday, February 7 at
the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Family, band and
management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are
BIG (Torpey, Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, and Paul Gilbert) released their ninth
original studio album, DEFYING
GRAVITY, July 21.
BIG, formed in 1988, produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array
of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included
“Alive and Kicking,” "Just Take My Heart" and the chart-topping ballad, "To Be
With You" (Billboard Hot 100 #1
single in 15 countries for weeks in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge
international success and multi-Platinum record sales).
credit: William Hames