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Dimapur gives Mr. Big the biggest ever

Mr. Big: (Left to Right) Paul Gilbert, Pat Torpey, Eric Martin and Billy Sheehan performing Live in Dimapur. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Oct 14(NPN):
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Published on 15 Oct. 2009 1:29 AM IST
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October 14,2009 will be remembered for a long time in Dimapur when music lovers from across Nagaland and other neighboring states, broke all attendance records-estimated between 25,000 to 30,000 - to present their biggest welcome to Mr. Big, on their current worldwide reunion tour. There were three to four thousand young people outside the stadium who couldn’t get in as all tickets were sold out. It was indeed a very big day Wednesday for Mr. Big. As the countdown began, bands such as Junkyard Groove (Chennai), Mother Jane (Cochin) and Dementia (Nagaland), warmed the crowd with some good music. Mr. Big finally arrived on stage by 6 p.m. as the crowd swelled to its zenith. The effect was electrifying and it was the moment the fans had been waiting for. Mr. Big comprising of - bassist Billy Sheehan, lead vocalist Eric Martin, drummer Pat Torpey and guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert (Racer X) - took off with their rendition of “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)”. Next, Mr. Big shifted to “Take Cover” from their album Bump Ahead. The way the crowd sang along had Mr. Big elated even as they kept mesmerising their die hard fans with numbers such as “Green Tinted Sixties Mind”, “Alive and Kickin” “Price You Gotta Pay” and “Temperamental”. Guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan also displayed their instrumental artistry that had the crowd truly impressed. While on with the number “Just Take My Heart”, vocalist Eric Martin, let the crowd sing along and the unision of their vioces reverberated the packed stadium. The crowd were having a fantastic time and Mr. Big allowed that to happen. The fever inside the stadium rose when Mr. Big shifted to their popular hit “Wild World”. The evening was perfect- clear weather though the receding sultry air was made denser by the singing and chanting crowd. It was time to sign off as Mr. Big rendered “Addicted To That Rush” which had the crowd now roaring and not wanting to go. Mr. Big gave in and returned to sing the favourite “To Be With You”. The crowd inside and outside the stadium went wild. It was hard to find anyone who was not mesmerized by the atmosphere. Finally when it was time for Mr. Big to wind up, they sang their final number “Colorado Bulldog” and the crowd joined in. The gig was different on the Big Day in Dimapur. The crowd sang along and had Mr. Big impressed. It was the biggest ever response from Dimapur who in turn received the best ever from Mr. Big. Asked about the show by this reporter, a fan had this to say “Thank You Mr. Big. We love you.”

 
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