Eric Martin admits he can’t sing certain Mr. Big songs anymore like “Lucky This Time”
Mr. Big frontman Eric Martin was recently interviewed by Marcelo Vieira for Brazil based Marcelo Vieira Music.
Vieira noted that Jon Bon Jovi indicated in a recent interview that, “If I had known that I would keep singing ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ into my fifties, I would never have sung it so high when I was young”. Vieira asked Martin whether this applied to him as well to which the singer replied (as provided in English by Vieira):
“Dude, I was thinking about that same thing. I’m in Ecuador right now and for the last couple of days I was practicing with the band from Ecuador, and then I played the gig last night, but when I was practicing, I forgot that I gave these guys songs that I haven’t done in years. I haven’t sung “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind” in a long, long time, and I was singing it the other day and I’m like “Oh my God, there’s some high-ass parts”. And then one guy goes: “We were thinking about doing ‘Lucky This Time'”, as on Lean Into It, I think, right? I cannot do that song anymore. Jon Bon Jovi said that about doing “Livin’ On A Prayer”, but he still does it. He probably does it okay, but I just cannot do “Lucky This Time”. I mean, my body changed, my voice changed, my bones dropped at 45 [laughter]. It’s difficult. But then you get guys, like, Biff Byford from Saxon…”
Vieira mentioned Glenn Hughes to which Martin added: “Glenn Hughes, holy shit, exactly! [laughter] Probably looking at me, going, “Do a vocal lesson! Shut up!” [laughter]. Glenn Hughes got that gift from God, man, got a great voice and never wavers and sounds great at everything he does. I think I sound great at a lot of things that I do, but there are a couple of things that I just can’t do anymore. I recorded “To Be With You” in 1991, look where we are right now. I’m not gonna tell you how old I am, okay? [laughter] I do that song every night, that’s difficult, but you just have to take care of yourself. I feel so embarrassed saying this right now, and I’ll knock on wood [knocks], but I haven’t drank for five months, so that’s a big thing. I was so freaked out in that lockdown during the pandemic, we were all locked out and nobody had anything to do expect eat and drink.”
You can check out the interview with Eric Martin in the Portuguese language at Marcelo Vieira Music‘s website.
Mr. Big performing “Lucky This Time” live in Tokyo, Japan in 1991: