Mr. Big will release a new album, titled <em>What If… </em> on February 8. The band’s first all-original album since the reunion of its four original members – Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey – in early 2009.
"This is the first Mr. Big album I have been a part of in 14, years and it was done in a snap," said guitarist Paul Gilbert. "IIt was fun and we had really a good time in making this one". Continues Billy Sheehan "It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs". Pat Torpey adds ""Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians".
Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden), the release will be followed by a world tour that will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.