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Live At Budokan was one of those live releases intended for the Japanese market only.
By the time that album appeared, the group had been put on ice, as the individual band members became more engrossed in other projects; the band temporarily broke up in 1997.
A press conference in Japan in February generated much excitement, and a tour of the country starting in June was announced, with shows in ten locations (including the Budokan).
They held their first reunion concert outside Japan at Rock Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia, on September 2009, continuing their tour.
Their songs are often marked by strong vocals and vocal harmonies. Big released its first album in 15 years with the same line-up: What If.... The Stories We Could Tell (2014), Pat Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and participated only marginally as a drum producer and touring support.
Although Sheehan was upset that the other members had attempted to "fire" him from the band he created, he agreed to rejoin them, provided that that would be their farewell tour.
Gilbert left the band in 1999, and eventually reformed Racer X.
Richie Kotzen, another Shrapnel artist and former guitarist for Poison, was brought in as a guitar player.
Although the band never replicated its earlier success in the US market, their popularity continued to soar in Japan and in much of Asia.
They continued to sell out tours in the Asian market, resulting in a number of live releases for the Japanese market.