Mr Big may not be a familiar name to everyone, but the band enjoyed worldwide success with their single, To Be With You, which topped the charts in 15 countries in 1991.
Since then, the band have had a somewhat tumultuous time, but a reunion performance with the original members in 2008 stoked the flames for this new album (their first in 10 years) and a world tour to promote it.
Local support band Rough Cut took to the stage to announce their original singer had quit just a few days prior and the new lead vocalist had been drafted in at short notice. Technically competent, the band struggled at times and need more time to develop into the band they showed only brief glimpses of.
Mr Big, however, are the real deal, a band from the time where rock music was littered with screaming guitar solos and heavy, machine-gun-like drum. They had a blistering mix of old and new material and it was quickly clear the band were just as glad to be there as the audience was to see them.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the band was the obvious talent that each member possesses: Lead singer Eric Martin is 50 years old but bounds around the stage like a man half his age, guitarist Paul Gilbert plays like a man possessed (even taking a power drill to the strings of his guitar at one point) and both Pat Torpey on drums and Billy Sheehan on bass easily keep up.
Their talent was perhaps most emphatically displayed in their performance of Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, where they all changed instruments, some twice, in doing so.
Perhaps Mr Big are a little anachronistic amongst the digitally enhanced pop music of today, but that doesn’t discount their skill or their music, which was fast, loud, precise, a little indulgent, but ultimately incredibly fun.