There was sad news from the Mr. Big camp on Thursday as the band announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will be taking a back seat on the band's upcoming tour as a result.
The band plan to launch a world tour this fall in support of their new studio album, "
The Stories We Could Tell" and they said in a statement that they will be taking an as yet unnamed drummer on tour but Torpey will be performing "on suitable live songs as well as participating in the groups acoustic set."
Torpey had this to say to fans, " I've been dealing with Parkinson's symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened.
"I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."