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  • NI ROCKS Interview with ERIC MARTIN

    Written by NI ROCKS Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:10 - Last Updated Saturday, 19 January 2019 05:37

    Eric Martin, the frontman for Mr Big, returns to Belfast on 26th October to play a solo acoustic show in The Empire Music Hall. I’d posted an e-mail interview with Eric back in 2013 ahead of a previous appearance in Belfast, but was keen to chat to him to talk about recent events and future plans. I eventually managed to catch up with Eric for a quick phone chat just before sound-check at his show in Birmingham on 21st October. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 26th October which is available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mi xcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-eric-martin-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-26th-oct-2018/

    We talk about the solo tour, the late Pat Torpey, the recent Mr Big live album, a new Mr Big release and tour in 2019, a potential solo album, recording with Avantasia and more.

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  • NI ROCKS Interview with ERIC MARTIN

    Written by NI ROCKS Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:10 - Last Updated Saturday, 19 January 2019 05:37

    The interview has been transcribed and posted below.

    Playlist for the Show

    THE DEAD DAISIES – Can’t Take It With You

    DOOMSDAY OUTLAW – Hard Times

    NORDIC UNION – Because of Us

    SCREAMING EAGLES – Devil in the Dust

    MR BIG – Alive and Kickin’ (Live)

    Interview with ERIC MARTIN Part 1 (7 min)

    MR BIG – Everybody Needs A Little Trouble

    Interview with ERIC MARTIN Part 2 (9 min)

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  • NI ROCKS Interview with ERIC MARTIN

    Written by NI ROCKS Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:10 - Last Updated Saturday, 19 January 2019 05:37

    ERIC MARTIN – Somewhere In The Middle

    Interview with ERIC MARTIN Part 3 (6 min)

    AVANTASIA – What’s Left of Me

    Interview with ERIC MARTIN Part 4 (4 min)

    MR BIG – Take Cover

    MR BIG – Temperamental

    BLACKWATER CONSPIRACY – Decadent Highway

    TOM HARTE – All Night Long

    DANNY VAUGHN – Shadowland

    GOD’S ARMY – Enemy Maker

    CASTLE – Wait for Dark

    ELECTRIC CITIZEN – Hide in the Night

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  • NI ROCKS Interview with ERIC MARTIN

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    THUNDER – Low Life in High Places

    THE QUIREBOYS – Tramps and Thieves

    NO HOT ASHES – Come Alive

    GUARDIANS OF TIME – As I Burn

    The 2013 interview can be read here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/1146-ni-rocks-interview-with-mr-big-frontman-eric-martin.html

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  • NI ROCKS Interview with ERIC MARTIN

    Written by NI ROCKS Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:10 - Last Updated Saturday, 19 January 2019 05:37

    NI ROCKS – Hi Eric, thanks for taking the time to talk to Rock Radio NI.

    ERIC – Thank you. You know where I am right now? I’m in the bathroom of the Hampstead Hotel in Birmingham, England (laughs), because it has better acoustics. It’s ironic as I did one of our songs; I can’t remember which record it was, it might have been a song called “Mr Gone” on “Bump Ahead”, I think it was, and I sang it in the shower of the recording studio because it had better reverb! Anyway, food for thought!

    NI ROCKS - Before we start talking about the European solo tour that you’re currently on, I wanted to chat about Mr Big. I just played the track “Alive And Kickin” from the recently released album “Live From Milan”. That album of course includes some of the last recordings with the late great Pat Torpey on drums. The album release must be slightly bittersweet for you?

    ERIC – It is a little bit. I wish that wasn’t his last. I wish we’d also done another recording with Pat. I think the last real drumming recording was one of those “Live at Budokan” and Pat only played “Just Take My Heart”. But you know it wasn’t just his drumming, it was his vocals. He was my second and then it was Billy and Paul; the harmony guys, they would harmonise to me. He had a voice like Paul McCartney and his energy and his spirit were great. I totally miss the guy so much. When he was on stage with us I knew he was hurting. I could see it right before he would come out for that song “Alive and Kicking”. He would come out and I could see him over there, breathing a little hard and doing his thing, shuffling a little bit. Then he’d come out and it was show time; he was the consummate professional. It’s still hard man, it’s been only a couple of months.

    NI ROCKS – The band has done quite a few live albums in the past. How did you feel about doing this one?

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  • NI ROCKS Interview with ERIC MARTIN

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    ERIC – Truthfully, I was caught off-guard on it. I think it’s a good rock n roll record. It’s not perfect and it’s got a lot of open wounds and scars; there are some mistakes and that makes a kind of personal vibe to it. It’s one really good rock n roll gig. It was super hot in there I remember; boiling hot, I was sweating like Janet Jackson! It did catch me off guard a little, there were a couple of camera guys on stage running around and I felt I was performing for the cameras. I don’t like doing that, I just like performing for the audience. But after a couple of songs I forgot that those guys were there.  I guess that’s how they do it on the reality TV world. I thought it was good, I thought it was a good earthy rock n roll record. I don’t think it was one of our best, but I think it definitely captured us on like a week-day rock n roll gig.

    NI ROCKS – You’ve been quoted as saying that there might be a new Mr Big album next year, but that it could very well be the last. Have you anything you can add to that or do you just want to leave it at that?

    ERIC – Yeah I do. I’m the one getting everyone together for conference calls and e-mails and what we want to do. I really want to do it and I want to spend more than six days on it like we did with the “Defying Gravity” album. I want to be a little more prepared. I want to do a new record and I also want to have a couple of different drummers on it – one’s that Pat really liked; maybe Mike Portnoy, Gregg Bissonette, Ray Luzier from Korn, I really like his playing. Just get some great drummers to do an ode to Pat Torpey. We don’t know if we’re going to do an album or an EP; it kinda depends on the songs. If we only have six songs then there’s your EP, but if we have more we’ll cut an album. We only have a little bit of a window of opportunity because Paul is on the road pretty much the rest of the year and then we might have an opportunity in February to cut something. But we are going to do a tour in June and July and then come home for a couple of weeks and then try to do it as much as we can for about three or four months. But yeah, that’s the last hurrah, that’s it. It just feels a little uncomfortable to keep going without Pat Torpey.

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  • NI ROCKS Interview with ERIC MARTIN

    Written by NI ROCKS Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:10 - Last Updated Saturday, 19 January 2019 05:37

    NI ROCKS – You mentioned writing songs. When Mr Big songs are being written, do you all get together to write together or do you each bring different things to the recording studio?

    ERIC – Both. I think the last time we got together; me, Paul, Billy and Pat, was when we wrote “The Stories We Could Tell” album. We wrote “Gotta Love The Ride” as the first song on that. It all depends; everybody is gone all the time doing their own projects and trying to get everyone together is hard. Here’s what we used to do – Paul will write a few tracks, he calls ‘sniglets’, that’s kinda weird, and he will send that tape or CD or whatever to me and I’ll write lyrics and melodies. Then when we eventually get together for two or three days at a rehearsal studio, it’ll be – you know that song that has that weird off timing thing in C or whatever – it’s called “Merciless”; something like that. That’s how we had been doing it for years. A lot of times, Billy, Pat and Paul would just jam out ideas and they’d send them to me and I’d break it all down and try to get five good songs out of it. (Laughs). It was like so many solos, trust me, you know what I’m talking about!

    NI ROCKS – The last studio album as you mentioned was “Defying Gravity” in July last year. I thought we’d play a track from that album next. Would you like to pick one and tell us something about it or why you’ve picked it?

    ERIC – I particularly like the song “Everybody Needs A Little Trouble”. It was one actually that we did spend a little time on. We only had six days to record that album, but Paul had given me this lick, this bluesy, kinda Bo Diddley lick. The hotel was right next to the recording studio in LA and I kinda wrote it on the spot and we worked on that song a little longer than any of the other songs. And it was the most simple song to do but we just had fun jamming on it. Really cool, fun kinda ol