“The thrill is in the trouble,” sings Mr. Big’s unmistakable frontman Eric Martin on their slick new single “Everybody Needs a Little Trouble.” The band has been around for roughly 25 years now and they never seem to falter, which is to say that I’ve never heard a Mr. Big album that I didn’t like. (Neither has Japan, where the band has always been as popular as Bon Jovi.) I especially find virtuoso Paul Gilbert’s guitar grooves here to be dynamite. Of course, you could say the whole band is firing on all cylinders and I’m not just saying that because of the trouble they get into in the video. I’m saying it because the song is bursting with energy and vibrant at that. It has a rocktastic bite, indeed.
If you think you’ve never heard of Mr. Big, I’d be willing to bet that you have, as a little acoustic song they did back in the day called “To Be With You” continues to be a very popular ballad today.
“Everybody Needs a Little Trouble” is from the band’s forthcoming album Defying Gravity, which is due out on July 7th via Frontiers Records. Below is another song from the album called “1992” and it kicks ass, too. It also finds the band poking fun at themselves, 1992 being the year “To Be With You” went to number one.