mrbigband638 The rock band, Mr. Big, announced today that its drummer, Pat Torpey, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and unfortunately will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour in support of the band’s new album, …The Stories We Could Tell.

“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,” stated Torpey.

Mr. Big intends to announce a drummer in the near future whom will handle most of the drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the groups acoustic set.

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  • Brandon on

    Sad news indeed. Love Mr. Big’s original member material. Always crank Mr. Gone – the drum intro to that is just incredible. Wishing him well and hope he is able to continue to do what he does for a good long while.

  • Robbie on

    Best wishes in your challenges to combat this issue,your fans will always be here for you.

  • Manik on

    This is horrible. Hope he stays strong.
    On another note, Portnoy should fill in for a bit! He’s played more than enough with Gilbert, Sheehan AND Kotzen, and he sounds super playing ‘shine’ too.

  • Robert on

    My Grandpa died from Parkinson’s Disease. It’s a very, very slow and horrible way to die. My heart goes out to him and especially his family.

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