If any single person in the rock world seemed destined to keep on truckin’ despite a terrible diagnosis, it was Pat Torpey. Even though he had Parkinson’s disease, he was still participating in Mr. Big in every way except physically playing the drums. He wrote the parts and oversaw their performance by Matt Starr. He was in the videos. He was so positive and inspiring in interview footage.
This debilitating disease finally took Torpey’s life at age 64.
This one hurts. Mr. Big is one of those underrated bands made up of fantastic players, but largely ignored. They had the dreaded “one hit” (“To Be With You”), but that’s not the song we’ll use here to remember Pat Torpey.
Listen to the power, precision and sheer rock and roll that is Pat Torpey on “Addicted to that Rush”.
Rest in peace.