Bernie Torme


Guitar Legend BERNIE TORME Passes Away

R.I.P Bernie - guitarist with Ian Gillan (1979-1981), Ozzy Osbourne (1982) and member of rock bands Atomic Rooster (1983) and Desperado (1988-1990).

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - BERNIE TORME

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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On this Episode of #TDRRocks, we talk to Iconic Irish Guitarist Bernie Torme, who has played with Ozzy, Ian Gillan, Dee Snider, and Phil Lewis who has just released his new album “Shadowland”
Bernie discussed:
**Reconnecting with Ozzy this past Summer
**Meeting Zakk Wylde, and if he was asked to join them onstage
**Getting to play with Phil Lewis & LA Guns
**Meeting Tracii Guns for the first time
**If asked to join LA Guns would he consider it?
**His new album “Shadowland”
**Reaching 514% of his goal on Pledge Music and almost setting a record
**Is this his final album??
**His upcoming “Final Fling Tour”
**Is he retiring from music??
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BERNIE TORME Announces Final Tour

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‘(Bernie) did me a great favour. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be doing it now. I’d have given up’. Ozzy Osbourne, 2018
Last orders at the bar…
World-renowned guitar legend Bernie Tormé will be heading out on tour for the final time in the U.K. later this year.
With a new studio album rumoured to be in the offing, the celebrated Irish six-stringer will hit the road for a string of dates in November/December.
A man whose CV is as impressive as his six-string dexterity, Tormé has lent his enviable skills over the years to Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider, Atomic Rooster and many others whilst maintaining an acclaimed solo career alongside.
Prior to the final U.K. tour Tormé and his band will be heading to the prestigious Sweden Rock festival, playing alongside the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Rose Tattoo and a certain Mr. Osbourne…
“Elegantly crafted music based around the man’s electrifying blues, with a kick." ~ Classic Rock
Bernie Tormé ‘The Final Fling’ UK 2018
22nd Nov - Facebar, Reading
23rd Nov - Queen Vic, South Shields
24th Nov – Winterstorm Festival, Troon
25th Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh
27th Nov - Robin II, Bilston, Wolverhampton
28th Nov - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
30th Nov - The Lounge, London
1st Dec - The Bear, Weston-super-Mare
“Bernie delivers a solid and accomplished set that showcases his musical prowess.” ~ Planet Rock
More on Bernie Tormé;
Guitar legend, blues rock psychedelic shredmeister, glam punk sleaze rock frontman: Bernie Tormé has enjoyed a long and remarkable career. Hit records, world tours and international acclaim came as lead guitarist in Gillan. After which, Bernie stepped in for Ozzy Osbourne in the aftermath of guitar legend Randy Rhoads' tragic death before going on to front Electric Gypsies and Tormé. Teaming up with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and Iron Maiden's drummer Clive Burr, Bernie put together Desperado and later reunited with ex-Gillan colleague, John McCoy and drummer Robin Guy in GMT.
Returning to the stage in 2013, Bernie also began working in his favoured trio format once again, releasing three critically-acclaimed albums; 'Flowers & Dirt' (2014), 'Blackheart' (2015) and the 3CD ‘Dublin Cowboy’ (2017) package (comprising a live, an acoustic, and a new electric studio album). All three were crowdfunded, connecting Bernie directly with his fans.
Bernie states: “In the past you were pretty distant and separated from your fans with a record label in between. Making these albums with pledge campaigns has been a great experience. I like having the connection with fans and getting the feedback direct on making an album.”
2018 will see the release of Bernie’s latest, as-yet untitled, studio album.
Bernie Tormé has recorded over 24 albums in his career to date as a solo artist or band member.
‘A living legend!” ~ Metal Talk

The GuitarCast - BERNIE TORME

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Legendary Irish guitarist Bernie Torme called into The GuitCast podcast to talk about his new album 'Blackheart', the current state of the music industry and just what happened to that 'Desperado' project with Twisted Sister's Dee Snider.

Torme, who's early career included stints with Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Ozzy Osbourne and Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), is assisted on 'Blackheart' by fellow musicians Chris Powell (Shark Island) on bass, Ian Harris on drums. Recorded in his home studio, the new album embraces the digital age of recording yet Torme cautions against paying too much attention to whats on the computer screen saying: "The prob the past you could only hear things...visualization on screen has been incredibly problematic because people tend to lock in on problems that really have been on every record forever and no ones noticed."

Exploring new business models, Torme utilized campaigns to finance his last two albums. Torme states: "I thought initially it was a stop-gap but doesn't seem the business is in any way shape or form sorting itself out". While some established artists like Torme have found success using this method, he urges caution to those who might think it a cure all for the struggling music industry saying: "It's a new model that's been great for me. I would think it would be hard for a completely unknown".

Speaking on the excess of his 'Desperado' project with Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider, he recalls: "So, we recorded it, everyone is thinking 'great album'. A couple of tracks were played to the [at that time] CEO of Electra who said 'yeah, this is great"...a week later later he said "drop it". He continues: "That was at the height of the 80's, at that time every album had to cost an absolutely enormous amount of dollars or it wasn't a 'proper album'..."I think that album cost $400k or $450k." As to the work going into the album he states:  "I think at the end we had about 85 songs, it was insane." 'Desperado' was ultimately released after an 8 year delay.

Concluding his record label experience he sums up with: "I've said it before & ill say it again, those people deserved Napster!"

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