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Eric Martin

Fri
28
Jul

Double Stop Podcast - ERIC MARTIN

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In Episode 99 of The Double Stop, Brian is joined by return guest Eric
Martin (Mr. Big)
 
Eric Martin returns to discuss the new Mr Big album 'Defying Gravity',
as well as his past solo records, Triumph’s cover of “Just One Night"
and dealing with online trolls.
 
 
 
On the new sounds on "Defying Gravity" (16:46) "I actually love it,
but when we did it at first I was second guessing and wondering if
this was going to work. I hoped people were going to dig it. Because
it's a different format than what we've done before. We've always hat
that "Daddy Brother" or "Addicted To That Rush". And the next song is
a middle of the road country rock kind of song, And the next on e is a
ballad. And this one is different"
 
On Triumph recording a version of his solo song "Just One Night"
(32:20) "I'd written that song with Neal Schon (Journey), and I did
the demo with Kevin Elson. And Mike (Clink) turned it on to the guys.
They did an amazing job of it. A really cool song for triumph. A
different kind of song for Triumph."
 
 
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Sat
02
Apr

Rock Candy Records Latest - ERIC MARTIN, ZEBRA & LOVE/HATE

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The following three new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere ending on April 10.
 
LOVE/HATE 'BLACK OUT IN THE RED ROOM' CANDY286
 
THERE'S A NOTEABLE
honesty that infuses the music of Love/Hate. Although they were surrounded at the time by the stylised sounds of big hair rock, their music was decidedly left of centre, and although their appeal was primarily to a mainstream crowd, they nurtured a style that would outsmart their competition by wide margin. By introducing an element of danger and crafting songs that had unexpected twists and turns, they ploughed a unique path, one that has made their reputation grow over the years.
Fronted by wild man of rock Jizzy Pearl, whose twisted vocal is as powerful as it is different, the band courted a similar audience to the cavortings of similar ground breaking street urchins such as Skid Row, the Wildhearts, and Faith No More. This was rough-hewn music, big on monstrous riffs and lashings of guitar work, with Pearl spitting out lyrics that seemed to evoke images of a world in chaos.
Issued in early 1990, and produced by veteran studio wizard Tom Werman (Cheap Trick,Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister) the album contained a brace of rapid fire tracks, spearheaded by the anthemic 'Black Out In The Red Room', a considerable turntable hit and a song that set Love/Hate apart from the competition. Indeed, its execution aligned them to the emerging sound of grunge. Whilst others aligned themselves to dated sounds this albums retains a contemporary edge, giving Love/Hate longevity that still sounds fresh to this day.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE
COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. BLACKOUT IN THE RED ROOM 2. ROCK QUEEN 3. TUMBLEWEED 4. WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT DOPE? 5. FUEL TO RUN 6. ONE MORE ROUND 7. SHE'S AN ANGEL 8. MARY JANE 9. STRAIGHTJACKET 10. SLUTSY TIPSY 11. SLAVE GIRL 12. HELL, CA., POP. 4 BONUS TRACKS: 13. TINSELTOWN (B-Side) 14. ONE MORE ROUND (Live) 15. SLAVE GIRL (Live)

 

ERIC MARTIN BAND 'SUCKER FOR A PRETTY FACE' CANDY306
 
ALTHOUGH THE name Eric Martin is synonymous with the platinum selling hard band rock band Mr Big, there was a time when he was just another struggling singer, one of many trying to get a shot at the big time. Eric's calling card was, and still is, a one in a million voice; a golden rasp blessed with a silky smooth delivery that would eventually establish him as a contender for serious chart action.
The Eric Martin Band were initially formed in 1980, under the name of 415 and subsequently signed a record deal with Elektra records, who forced the name change to the Eric Martin Band. Securing heavyweight management, who also handled Journey, the band cut what is now regarded as one the period's best melodic AOR records. Produced by Kevin Elson (Journey) and Rodney Mills (.38 Special) the album contains a superb selection of fuel injected songs, including 'Ten Feet Tall', the Frankie Miller penned 'Don't Stop' and the anthemic title track itself.
Sadly, due exclusively to internal record company politics, the project hit delays when they were sent back into the studio to cut more tracks at the behest of ever changing A&R staff. Critically, on the album's release in 1983, Elektra engaged in a huge cost cutting exercise dismissing key staff integral to the band's survival. With nobody to champion the record the band experienced a body blow that was insurmountable, but left behind one of the best albums of the era.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. SUCKER FOR A PRETTY FACE 2. DONT STOP 3. PRIVATE LIFE 4. TEN FEET TALL 5. LETTING IT OUT 6. YOUNG AT HEART 7. JUST ANOTHER PRETTY BOY 8. ONE MORE TIME 9. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 10. LOVE ME BONUS TRACKS: 11. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE 12. INTRODUCTION/YOUNG/AT HEART (LIVE) 13. TEN FEET TALL (LIVE) 14. SUCKER FOR A PRETTY FACE (LIVE) 15. DON'T STOP (LIVE)

 

ZEBRA '3.V' CANDY259
 
SOME ARTISTS MAY not have reached the huge sales figures of many superstar acts but their influence was significant on the fan base that they did acquire. Zebra were one such act. A three piece power trio, they were a band that, although selling reasonably well, never quite reached the summit of their commercial potential but attracted a hugely committed following, based solely on the quality of their output' and it is a sound that still has power and presence today.
Signed to Atlantic Records, the band's first album was actually the fastest selling debut in the label's long and impressive history. Their second album 'No Tellin' Lies' failed to capitalise on this unexpected good fortune, but the quality of material was just as impressive. With the obliquely titled third record (a reference to how long it had taken to record it!) the band took stock and pledged to make the best record of their career.
'3.V' is actually an incredible creation. Melodic yet forceful, it moves them firmly away from their Led Zeppelin roots to a unique world, focussing on their brilliant arrangements and great songs. It also moved the band in a far more progressive rock style attracting comparisons to Rush but with their own melodic sensibility. The musicianship is phenomenal and leader Randy Jackson's vocals are wonderfully expressive, demonstrating an extraordinary range. Truly, it is one of the best hitherto underexposed rock albums of the 1980s.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.

TRACK LISTING: 1. CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU 2. HE'S MAKIN' YOU THE FOOL 3. TIME 4. YOUR MIND'S OPEN 5. BETTER NOT CALL 6. YOU'LL NEVER KNOW 7. ABOUT TO MAKE THE TIME 8. YOU'RE ONLY LOSING YOUR HEART 9. HARD LIVING WITHOUT YOU 10. ISN'T THAT THE WAY

 
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Fri
11
Sep

ERIC MARTIN 'Live Over Japan' Set Due November 4

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ERIC MARTIN will release a new live CD/DVD set 'Live Over Japan' in Japan November 4. The 2CD and 1DVD set features Eric's solo concert held on July 14, 2015 at Akasaka Blitz. This edition features digibook packaging with a live photo book.
 
When asked about the release, Eric gave me this exclusive quote: “I played a 7 night acoustic tour in Japan a month ago. And one the shows at the Akasaka blitz (like a theatre/ night club ) in Tokyo was recorded and filmed. They also filmed a road documentary with interviews and filmed pieces of the other shows. Pat Torpey played percussion/vocals and my mate John McNamara from Australia (Clunes) on guitar/vocals.”
 
The track listing for the show is:
 
01           Sucker For A Pretty Face
02           Don’t Stop
03           Fly On A Wall
04           Wink And A Smile
05           Everyday
06           A Rose Alone
07           Voodoo Kiss
08           Superfantastic
09           Ain’t Seen Love Like That
10           Kisses Stain
11           Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
12           Gotta Love The Ride
13           To Be With You
14           Take Cover
15           What If We Were New
16           Goin’ Where The Wind Blows
17           My New Religion
18           Dancin’ With My Devils
19           Alive And Kickin’ - Encore
20           East/West – Encore
 
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2015
 
Mon
01
Jun

Double Stop Podcast - ERIC MARTIN

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This week on the Double Stop Podcast is a 2 part interview with Eric Martin. At the end of Part 2 he reveals that he has a new project/band with Warren DeMartini from Ratt.
 
[Eric reveals in the conversation that he has a huge man-crush on Warren's playing and would like to create a side project as Billy has with The Winery Dogs. The style he says would be something like 70s Aerosmith, The Black Crows and The Faces...]

Part 1:

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-61-eric-martin-solo-mr-big

http://thedoublestop.com/ep-61-eric-martin-solo-mr-big/

In Part 1 Eric shares how he got his start in music, and discusses his early solo albums "Sucker For A Pretty Face", "Eric Martin" and "I'm Only Fooling Myself". He also covers his contribution to the Teachers soundtrack (a song he wrote with Neal Schon from Journey), as well as his near miss in Toto. We discuss the formation of Mr. Big (and the role Mike Varney had), and the recording of the first Mr. Big album.

Part 2:

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-62-eric-martin-part-2-mr-big-solo

http://thedoublestop.com/ep-62-eric-martin-part-2-mr-big-solo/

In Part 2 Eric discusses the first Mr. Big tour with Rush, the success of "Lean Into It", the reformation in the 90's with Richie Kotzen (and sharing lead vocals on some songs), the reunion with all original members, the Mr. Vocalist series of cds in Japan, and he announces his new project with Warren DeMartini (Ratt).

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Wed
10
Sep

ERIC MARTIN Announces UK Acoustic Tour For December

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MR. BIG SINGER ANNOUNCES UK SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR

Eric Martin 'The Voice of Mr. Big' willl play nine dates across the U.K this December forming an exclusive UK tour that includes a date at The Underworld, London (Friday 12th). The tour will begin with a Scotland Exclusive at Bannerman's, Edinburgh on Dec 4th and will then visit Newcastle, Grimsby, Bolton, Sheffield, Chester, London and Birmingham before closing in Swansea, Wales on Dec 14th.

The Mr. Big front man will be performing a crowd pleasing mix of his solo material along with Mr. Big hits that fans all over the world have grown to love throughout their career.

U.K SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR DATES & VENUES

Thurs 4 Dec ' Bannerman's Bar ' Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec ' The Think Tank? ' Newcastle

Sun 7 Dec ' The Yardbirds - Grimsby

Mon 8 Dec ' The Railway Venue - Bolton

Tues 9 Dec '' The Corporation ' Sheffield

Thurs 11 Dec ' The Livee Rooms ' Chester

Fri 12 Dec ' The Underworld ' London

Sat 13 Dec ' The Oobleck ' Birmingingham

Sun 14 Dec ' Static ' Swansea

'My bags are packed and I'm ready to go; plane ticket to the UK'. check, Acoustic guitar'check, money for beer'r'. Check, EM/MR. BIG fan's?' he said 'Anywhere, everywhere, up and over, sideways, down' theree's no place I 'd rather Rock than with you in the UK.'

In 1985 and 1987 Eric released 'Eric Martin' and 'I'm only fooling myself' solo efforts, which are lathered with Eric's signature soulful voice and candid lyrics. 

In 1988-89, Eric would team up with Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Paul Gilbert to form Mr. Big.  They would enjoy enormous success with the release of 6 studio albums, numerous hit singles and 6 top-selling live cd's. All combined, worldwide sales top the 7 million mark.  Eric's third solo album, 'Somewhere in the middle' was written during the two-year hiatus from Mr. Big and released in 1998 in Asia and Europe.  During the summer of 2001, Eric and the rest of the Mr. Big guys released their last effort, 'Actual Size.' In between promoting and preparing for Mr. Big's 2002 'Farewell Tour', Eric continued to record songs for his fourth solo cd. He promised a return to his 'rawk roots' and he definitely did so with the album, 'I'm Goin' Sane' which gathered excellent critics and was released in Asia, Europe and The US in late 2002. After the success of a Japan tour, a European 'Gods Festival' and a 23 city US tour, Eric decided to go back into the studio to record 'Pure,' a EP that covers his hits in an unplugged and stripped acoustic form.

In early 2004 brought Eric back into the studio to record 'Destroy All Monsters' which would be released in Japan, Europe, The US and the most recent, South America. The album sound is something Eric calls 'Distorted Pop' with a focus on his rock roots.

In 2008 Eric joined forces with an all-star group including Mark Slaughter, The Nelson Brothers, Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy to form the supergroup, Scrap Metal.  Scrap Metal plays shows whenever each guy has some time off of their individual careers.

Mr. Big regrouped with all original members for a worldwide reunion tour in 2009.  They had so much fun that they decided to release a new album. 'What If' dropped in 2010 and reviewers raved about the 4 members creating their original sound with a current feel.  The guys set out on another world tour and are currently writing for their next album.

Moving to more recent times, in 2012, one of the largest rock operas in the world contacted Eric to be featured on their new album.  Avantasia is a German based rock opera born to Edguy front man, Tobias Sammet. Eric traveled for six months with Avantasia covering Asia, Europe, South America and Canada.  Eric has been asked to join the band for their next tour starting at the infamous Waken open-air festival in front of 80,000 concert goers this summer.

'KEEP CALM & UNPLUG Your TV set, your kids, the bullshit.. Don't let life get in the way, EM unplugged in the UK in December'.See you then! '

Ticket prices regionally start from '10.00 (London '15.00). Please check with your local venue box office for further details or visit Eric's official website www.EricMartin.com

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