RIP Pat Torpey (Mr. Big founding drummer)

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Diego, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Diego

    Diego
    Expand Collapse
    Fractal Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    2,930
    Likes Received:
    2,085
    Location:
    A place called home
    Sad news.....

    Pat Torpey, drummer and founding member of rock band Mr. Big, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 7) due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 64 years old.

    His band shared the news on Twitter, asking for privacy and noting that services have yet to be scheduled for the drummer. “With breaking hearts we tell you that our brother, friend, drummer, and founding member, Pat, passed away Wednesday, February 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease,” the post reads.
     
  2. Diego

    Diego
    Expand Collapse
    Fractal Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    2,930
    Likes Received:
    2,085
    Location:
    A place called home
     
  3. sidler72

    sidler72
    Expand Collapse
    Inspired

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    somewhere in Mo
    R.I.P. Pat Torpey. I remember the first time I seen Mr.Big on MTV. It was the video for Addicted to that rush and I was blown away. I was instantly a fan. I had the Mr. Big in San Francisco concert on vhs and must of watched it a hundred times.Pat wasn't just a great drummer but he sang a lot of great vocals and harmonies as well.
     
  4. unix-guy

    unix-guy
    Expand Collapse
    Fractal Fanatic

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2013
    Messages:
    4,855
    Likes Received:
    2,496
    Location:
    Vacaville, California
    Sad...

    I remember a few months back somebody posted a new Mr Big video that had two drummers in it. After researching, it turns out the reason why was Parkinson's... The band wanted to keep him included as long as he could stay involved. So they just added a second drummer.

    No man escapes the ravages of time... But some get their sooner.

    RIP
     
    dr bonkers, Diego and Desmo808 like this.
  5. GuitarDojo

    GuitarDojo
    Expand Collapse
    Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Messages:
    4,921
    Likes Received:
    2,344
    Location:
    Texas
    Sad news.
     
  6. Geezerjohn

    Geezerjohn
    Expand Collapse
    Fractal Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    3,010
    Likes Received:
    3,253
    Location:
    Twilight Zone
    54 is way too young. At least he left his mark on contemporary music. Not a bad legacy for any man.
     
  7. Desmo808

    Desmo808
    Expand Collapse
    Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2015
    Messages:
    539
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Hawaii
    I saw that clip too, then learned of his ailing health.

    He was a fantastic musician. I wore out the grooves (so to speak) on that first Mr. Big cd.

    Rest in peace, Pat.
     
    unix-guy likes this.
  8. Hellbat

    Hellbat
    Expand Collapse
    Forum Addict

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2013
    Messages:
    1,872
    Likes Received:
    1,576
    Location:
    Vancouver, Canada
    Any drummer who gets Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert's approval is clearly beyond talented. Too young and a terrible way to go. RIP Mr. Torpey.
     
  9. Sixstring

    Sixstring
    Expand Collapse
    Axe-Master

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Messages:
    9,003
    Likes Received:
    2,674
    Location:
    SoCal!
    Bummer news for sure... respect!
     
  10. Indigo Hammer

    Indigo Hammer
    Expand Collapse
    Apprentice

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    London, UK
    Crappy news

    RIP Pat
     
  11. Jeries

    Jeries
    Expand Collapse
    Forum Addict

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,230
    Likes Received:
    559
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    I met him a few years ago on Mr Big's not most recent tour- the one before that

    he was one of the nicest people I've ever met and he truly left an impression on me...

    At the end of that tour it was in the news he was diagnosed but I didn't read about it until like 2 years later- because there was two drummers on the new single that I saw posted on this forum

    Pat was literally greeting fans on their way out of the venue- and maybe 10 min later Eric the singer joined him and they stayed hanging out with everyone there for 2 hours after the show- nicest people ever.

    Ironically Paul and Billy who are also super cool and super nice- ran to the bus and didn't come out- which is pretty weird for those guys- but Pat was amazing- really really left an impression on me
     
    Diego and dr bonkers like this.
  12. dr bonkers

    dr bonkers
    Expand Collapse
    Forum Addict

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2013
    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    1,336
    Location:
    NJ, USA
    I am genuinely saddened by this. I ws very lucky to see Mr Torpey play when Mr Big opened up for Rush several times.

    I also listened to several of his albums.

    Great drummer! He will surely be missed.

    What's with the stream of musicians that seem to be dignosed with Parkinson's disease lately ? It's very saddening.
     
    Diego likes this.
  13. unix-guy

    unix-guy
    Expand Collapse
    Fractal Fanatic

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2013
    Messages:
    4,855
    Likes Received:
    2,496
    Location:
    Vacaville, California
    I just saw yesterday that Glenn Tipton is retiring from touring with Judas Priest due to Parkinson's, too.
     
    dr bonkers likes this.
  14. Diego

    Diego
    Expand Collapse
    Fractal Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    2,930
    Likes Received:
    2,085
    Location:
    A place called home
    Unfortunately yes, another one under attack....
     
  15. Axehole

    Axehole
    Expand Collapse
    Apprentice

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2018
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    40
    I believe that Mark Day is in the early stages as well. :(
     

Share This Page