Pat Torpey, drummer for Mr. Big, has had to curtail much of his playing due to Parkinson’s Disease.

The disease, which he has been fighting for a couple of years, has progressed enough that he can no longer play a full set with the band, so the members are looking for a drummer to play live with them on tour. Torpey plans on playing a few songs each night.

Torpey said in a statement “‘ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened. 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.”

The band has 19 Europe and Far East shows scheduled from mid-October through the end of November.

Torpey was with Mr. Big from their formation in 1988 until their breakup in 2002 and the current reunion which started in 2009. Prior to Mr. Big, he played with John Parr, Belinda Carlisle and the Knack.

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