Pat Torpey of Mr Big joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering the drums, watching Buddy Rich on The Tonight Show as a kid, his years as a hired gun in various bands, what he learned from touring with Neil Peart, his initial connections with his Mr Big bandmates, how Richie Kotzen changed the complexion of the band, his initial reactions to his Parkinson’s diagnosis, what he’s learned from that, what WE should learn about that, and plenty of discussion around the fantastic new Mr Big album, Defying Gravity and so much more.
Paul Gilbert of Mr Big joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering his singing voice and how that immediately led him to guitar, his leap of faith from Pennsylvania to the music scene in California, early impressions of his Mr Big bandmates, touring with Rush in his early 20s, his thoughts on turn signals, what separates his music from that of Mr Big and a lot of discussion around the new Mr Big album, Defying Gravity.
Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his earliest years of playing bass and his influences. We talk about his offer to join Van Halen in the very early 80s, his years with David Lee Roth, the successes and pressures with Mr Big, and his relationships with his Winery Dogs bandmates, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy. And we focus quite a bit on their new record, Hot Streak.