Kevin Shirley Talks Up Mr. Big Reunion Album

(Gibson) Legendary producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley says the trick to getting such a powerful result out of Mr. Big on their forthcoming album What If… was to forget about impressing musicians and ladies, and just play.

Speaking to Music Radar's Joe Bosso, Shirley said: "This was my first time working with them, but I thought they were terrific. We had two weeks in the studio, not a lot of time, but it forced me to capture them playing live and getting a lot of energy – which definitely happened. Musically, they were much more like a Stone Temple Pilots band than, say… you know, hair metal of the '80s."

Shirley says his job, with Mr. Big and other bands he's produced such as Journey, Black Country Communion and Dream Theater, is to make them feel like they're 19 again, but with a more mature outlook based on writing great songs and not being too clever with their musicianship. "Stop thinking about the press and the reviewers," he said. "Do it for the right reasons. Make music to pull chicks and stop worrying about turning on the Steely Dan guys." - more on this story

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