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Having established himself as a late '80s guitar hero, Gilbert formed the 'supergroup' Mr Big with bass whiz Billy Sheehan, drummer Pat Torpey and singer Eric Martin. Their first album did so-so. However, things were about to change...
"Mr Big had just finished a long tour as the support band for Rush, and we were all inspired to write our next album. The tunes were finished quickly, rehearsals sounded great and soon we were packing up for the studio.
"I love the songs on this record: Green Tinted Sixties Mind, Just Take My Heart, Alive And Kicking, Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy and To Be With You…the hits kept on coming!
"I had a big old Ford Thunderbird that looked like the Batmobile, and I remember driving it to the studio every day and just being so happy and excited about the music. It was Los Angeles. The weather was perfect. And I was in a killer rock band. Life was good! I couldn’t wait to play the album for everyone. And after To Be With You became a No. 1 hit, I think a lot of people probably did hear it."