By Damian Fanelli
Today, we revisit June 20, 2009, when Mr. Big performed at the world-famous Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
During the second half of the band’s set, which is available as an impressive CD/DVD called Back to Budokan, bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Paul Gilbert took the stage for a truly phenomenal solo; well, a truly phenomenal duet, to be more exact.
The duet is listed as “Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan Duo” on the DVD.
Both Sheehan and Gilbert are playing double-necked instruments—Sheehan with his Yamaha and Gilbert with his Ibanez—although they basically stick to the bottom neck for the entire solo. Sorry—duet.
At the 3:27 point, the rest of Mr. Big—singer/bassist Eric Martin and drummer/bassist Pat Torpey—come out and fret some of the notes on Sheehan’s bass and Gilbert’s guitar.
By the way, if you like solos, this is the DVD for you. It also includes lengthy tracks called “Pat Torpey Drum Solo,” “Billy Sheehan Bass Solo” and “Paul Gilbert Guitar Solo,” which we’ve included below (bottom video).