Mr Big live 1976

Mr Big live 1976
mrbig Mr Big were a British pop rock band, fronted by the enigmatic Dicken. They are best known for their 1977 Top 5 hit “Romeo”. The members of Mr Big had been playing together since the late 1960s, and in 1974, the band signed to Epic Records. In 1975, Bob Hirschman, then manager of Mott the Hoople, took over as the band’s manager, and their first album, Sweet Silence, was released on EMI. In November 1975, Mr Big supported Queen on their A Night at the Opera tour. I caught the tour at the City Hall, but got in late (that’s a story for another day) and missed Mr Big. I did get to see them once or twice, and have a programme from their solo tour. I don’t recall whether I saw them at Redcar Bowl, or Newcastle Mayfair, or possibly both. Romeo was a catchy tune, and Mr Big were good live. Dicken was a charismatic front man with a strong raspy voice. I’ve just played some of their material on YouTube to remind myself of them. I found the following write up which describes them well: “Not to be confused with the American band that came about years later, this Mr. Big are the real deal from the 70s. Probably best known for their massive hit “Romeo” in 1977, they were hard to define or pin down to one musical genre. Their music could be Pop one moment, Hard Rock the next and anything in between. Progressive Rock even! Signed to EMI around the same time as Queen and Cockney Rebel many fans feel they should have been just as big but sadly they lost out, particularly to the former. They toured as support to Queen, Sweet, Tom Petty, Journey, Kansas, The Runaways and were signed to the Arista label in the USA. Ian Hunter (of Mott the Hoople fame) produced their third album “Seppuka” but it was not released until years later. Dicken and bassist Pete Crowther went on to form another band named Broken Home, which released two albums in the early 80s (again highly recommended listening).” I also saw Broken Home at Reading 1980. From the Mr Big tour programme: “They took the British press by strom lat year, causing some of Britain’ finest music publications to rave ecstatically over their ‘awesome creative powers’. Mr Big is the quintessential British Band.”

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