MR. BIG bassist Billy Sheehan says that there are no plans for the band to continue following last year’s passing of Pat Torpey. The drummer died in February 2018 at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Earlier today (Monday, March 4), Sheehan was asked by SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation” if MR. BIG is still pretty much a “closed door” 13 months after Torpey‘s death.
“There is no plan,” Billy responded. “We went out just to finish some gigs that were already booked while Pat was alive, kind of to honor his memory a little bit. But it just ain’t the same without him. I don’t wanna be one of the bands — nothing against them. You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. When you lose somebody and replace them and then replace somebody else, pretty soon the only thing original left is the logo. Nothing against bands that have to do that — I still love ’em, and that’s great, and I’m glad for them — but it just didn’t feel right doing that. We may go out in a year or so, maybe two years, and do some shows in some capacity. But I think we did the right thing by just moving on.”