Drummer 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 pending.
Mr. Big (Torpey, Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, and Paul Gilbert) formed in 1988, produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – 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 to huge international success and multi-Platinum record sales).
Torpey, a seasoned musician who practiced every day and played on numerous sessions, toured briefly with Robert Plant in the late 80s.
In the late 90s, Torpey recorded two albums under the 'Odd Man Out' moniker -- Odd Man Out and y2K -- which were released exclusively in Japan, where Mr. Big enjoys immense popularity. Both albums, co-written with guitarist Lanny Cordola and bassist Chuck Wright, were notable in that Torpey sang lead vocals on every song, as well as played drums. He talks about the experience in 1998 Japanese interview below.