Atlanta Shows Up To Lean Into It – ‘The BIG Finish’ with Mr. Big

By Carrianne Stoker-Postier

Atlanta, GA – Even a chilly (for the South), weekday night would not deter this BIG crowd from forming a line down the sidewalk while waiting on the Variety Playhouse doors to open for an evening celebration of Mr. Big’s “The Big Finish” tour. The audience was geared up for a legacy performance bursting with a bittersweet flavor only a final tour could bring.  

Mr. Big’s lineup includes original members Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar) and Billy Sheehan (bass), with Nick D’Virgilio joining on drums. The band’s original drummer, Pat Torpey, passed away due to complications of Parkinson’s disease in 2018, although his presence could be felt intertwined through the band’s over 35 years existence.

Showcasing heavy harmonies and deep running collaboration on stage, the band members also demonstrated their own individual and masterful talent. The setlist not only delivered a blend of classic favorites and hit covers, it featured a start to finish run-through of the 1991 album Lean Into It and some encore surprises.

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