Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

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Pat Torpey of Mr. Big performs on stage at Bikini on May 24, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. 

'I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by,' he says in a statement.

Pat Torpey -- drummer of hard rock outfit Mr. Big -- revealed in a recent statement he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"I've been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened," Torpey's statement reads. "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."

Although his disease will force Mr. Big to find a replacement drummer while touring behind their upcoming album …The Stories We Could Tell, Loudwire reports Torpey will man the sticks for at least a few songs during each concert.

After disbanding in 2002, Mr. Big reunited in 2009. …The Stories We Could Tell, due this September, is their second reunion album.


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