Mr.Big got their start 

September 24 [Mon], 2007, 18:14
Growing up on U.S. military bases across Europe, the young Martin was introduced to the sounds of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Such influences never ceased to define and motivate his musical pursuits - in his three previous albums, and shaping the character of Mr.Big. The group was made complete with talents of guitarist Gilbert and drummer Torpey. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Gilbert was already a well-respected guitarist who had released four highly-touted albums with his Los Angeles-based band, Racer X. Torpey came to California after playing his dues behind the kit in the Arizona rock community. He soon became a much sought-after road horse, touring with a number of high-profile artists, most notably Robert Plant.

Mr Big first broke ground in 1989 with their self-titled Atlantic Records debut, which received extensive radio play with the "Big Love" and "Addicted To That Rush" singles - the latter of which may have prompted labelmates Rush to invite the band on tour. The band returned in 1991 with "LEAN INTO IT", an album that further strengthened their reputation, and, in the process, went RIAA platinum.

The album's "To Be With You" single went #1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, New Zeland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and in the U.S., where the three week chart-topper leapt RIAA gold. Released in 1993, the internationally acclaimed "BUMP AHEAD" garnered solid airplay with the group's deft handling of Cat Stevens' "Wild World." The subsequent tour saw the band opening for Aerosmith during dates across Europe, headlining in front of over 100,000 people at a festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and staging three sold-out shows at Tokyo's famed Budokan arena - complete with a Cheap Trick-inspired encore of "Ain't That A Shame." On "HEY MAN", the group brings forth expert chops, strong voice, and a new-found creative punch into album that reminds listeners exactly what it means rock."
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