Atlanta, GA – Even a chilly (for the South), weekday night would not deter this BIG crowd from forming a line down the sidewalk while waiting on the Variety Playhouse doors to open for an evening celebration of Mr. Big’s “The Big Finish” tour. The audience was geared up for a legacy performance bursting with a bittersweet flavor only a final tour could bring.
Mr. Big’s lineup includes original members Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar) and Billy Sheehan (bass), with Nick D’Virgilio joining on drums. The band’s original drummer, Pat Torpey, passed away due to complications of Parkinson’s disease in 2018, although his presence could be felt intertwined through the band’s over 35 years existence.
Showcasing heavy harmonies and deep running collaboration on stage, the band members also demonstrated their own individual and masterful talent. The setlist not only delivered a blend of classic favorites and hit covers, it featured a start to finish run-through of the 1991 album Lean Into It and some encore surprises.
Addicted to That Rush
Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
Alive and Kickin’
Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
CDFF-Lucky This Time (Jeff Paris cover)
Never Say Never
Just Take My Heart
My Kinda Woman
A Little Too Loose
Road to Ruin
To Be With You
Wild World (Cat Stevens cover)
Shy Boy (Talas cover)
30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie cover)
Good Lovin’ (The Olympics cover)
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
For one last time Atlanta would experience Mr. Big together on stage, embracing a magical night the crowd most certainly leaned into. As the evening drew to a close on a tour that marks the BIG finish, Eric Martin reminded the room, “It’s farewell, but it ain’t good-bye.”
More U.S. dates recently announced! Check out where the tour stops near you and plan to catch up with Mr. Big during their final lap. Additional dates and ticket information can be found HERE!