Mr. Big’s drummer Pat Torpey diagnosed with Parkinson

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Mr. Big‘s phenomenal drummer Pat Torpey, 54, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The band’s new album …The stories we could tell will be on sale on September and they’re starting a World Tour on October. After this really bad news, Mr. Big is searching for a new drummer who is capable of replacing Pat Torpey’s tremendous rhythmic abilities. However, the band counts on Torpey to join them on the drums for at least a few songs whenever he can and to participate in their acoustic set.





This is the official statement from Mr. Big’s Website:


To our fan’s around the world:

Pat Torpey, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and unfortunately will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on our upcoming World Tour in support of our new album, …The Stories We Could Tell.

From Pat: “I’ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened. I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability.”

We intend to announce a drummer in the near future whom will handle most of MR BIG’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour but expect Pat to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the our acoustic set.

Thank you for your unwavering support and we’ll see you out there soon!



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Carles Goodvalley (200 Posts)

My name is Carles and I am from Barcelona. I play drums since I was 14 but no continuosly or as a professional. For several years, I have been trying to acquire knowledge not only about "how to play" but in various aspects of the drumming world such as materials, techniques, styles, influences, characters and important records, drummers that have left their mark and all kinds of data regarding our instrument. I've played with differents bands and styles, mainly Pop/Rock and Progressive Metal.


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