- Bernie Tormé
Infobox musical artist
Name = Bernie Tormé
Img_capt = Bernie Tormé, performing with GuyMcCoyTormé
Background = solo_singer
Instrument = Guitar
Hard rock, Heavy metal
Years_active = 1970 — Present
Guy McCoy Tormé, Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan, Desperado
URL = http://www.bernietorme.com
Notable_instruments = Vintage
Bernie Tormé is a rock
guitarist, singer, song writer, record label- and record studio owner born in Dublin, Ireland.
Bernie Tormé, real name Bernard Tormey, was greatly influenced by
Jimi Hendrix, (who his son, James Tormey, shares the nickname of), Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagherand Gary Mooreof Thin Lizzyand formed his own band at a young age. His first paid performance came when Don Harris, a 14 year old drummer he played alongside when he was 17, secured a gig at the local Girl Guides' dance in Kilmainhamin Dublin." [http://www.getreadytorock.com/10questions/bernie_torme.htm Ten questions with Bernie Tormé] ", URL accessed on 24 January 2007.] Tormé then played in Dublin band "The Urge" in the early 1970s before relocating to Londonin 1974, where he initially played with heavy rockers "Scrapyard" (whose bass player, John McCoy would later be re-united with Tormé in Gillan), before forming the punk "Bernie Tormé Band" in 1976. The Bernie Tormé Band toured with The Boomtown Ratsand Generation Xamong many others. Tormé has since revealed that he secured the supporting band slot with the Boomtown Rats by agreeing to go around London putting up posters advertising the tour." [http://www.punk77.co.uk/groups/bernietormeinterview.htm Bernie Tormé interview] ", URL accessed on 24 January 2007.]
1977the band were asked to contribute two tracks to the "Live At The Vortex" album, "Streetfighter" and "Living for Kicks". This led to them being signed to the Jet Recordslabel, who "...paid us forty quid a week each for the next 18 months... Apart from that they just sat on us pretty much, they were more into ELO."" [http://www.punk77.co.uk/groups/bernietormeinterview.htm Bernie Tormé interview] ", URL accessed on 24 January 2007.]
Career with Gillan
Frustrated by a lack of commercial success, Tormé accepted the invitation of former
Deep Purplevocalist Ian Gillanin 1979to join his band Gillan, and it was as part of this band that Tormé is best known. His talented and distinctive "screaming guitar" style perfectly suited audiences of the New Wave of British Heavy Metaland he became a "guitar hero" of that genre.
1981Tormé walked out on Gillan, citing "boredom" as his reason, and played as a live session man for Atomic Roosterthen Ozzy Osbourneas the immediate successor of the recently deseased original guitarist Randy Rhoads. Tormé was hired to play on makeup dates resulting from cancelled concerts after Rhoads' death. After three weeks on tour, Tormé quit to concentrate on his own band Electric Gypsiesand was replaced by Brad Gillis.
1982Tormé has led his own band under various names and lineups (including a version of Tormewith singer Phil Lewis, formerly of Girl and later with LA Guns), attracting a small cult following, and makes a living as a session musician.
Tormé spent several years attempting to launch the band "Desperado" with former
Twisted Sistersinger Dee Snider. Although the record saw limited release, Snider re-used a number of the songs for a subsequent project, "Widowmaker" (not to be confused with the 1970s English band of the same name).
Tormé also played guitar on
René Berg's solo album "The Leather, The Loneliness And Your Dark Eyes" released in 1992 and played many live dates to support the album.
In addition to the continued release of new Tormé recordings and re-issuance of his back catalogue titles, Tormé also became involved with the "Silver" project, which also included former
Michael Schenker Groupvocalist Gary Barden.
In 2001, Tormé announced the formation of
Guy McCoy Tormé(aka "G.M.T"), with former Gillan bassist John McCoy and drummer Robin Guy.
Tormé also runs his own
record label, Retrowrek Records, and recording studios, Barnroom Studios in Kent, where he lives with his family.
*With "Bernie Tormé Band"
**"Live At The Vortex Vol.1" (2 tracks contributed to compilation)
**"I'm Not Ready" (7") 1978
**"Punk Or What" (recordings from 1976 — 1978 unreleased until 1999)
**Mr. Universe (1979)
**Glory Road (1980)
**Future Shock (1981)
**"Live In Germany In 1983" (released 2000)
*With "Electric Gypsies"
**"Turn Out The Lights" (1982)
[Live 1999-2000 ]"
**"Back to Babylon"
**"Die Pretty Die Young"
**"Official Live Bootleg"
**"Live in Sheffield 1983"
**"Bloodied But Unbowed"
**"The Leather, The Loneliness And Your Dark Eyes" (1992)
*With ex-Samson singer "Gary Owen"
*As "Bernie Tormé"
*(A project with
Anti-Nowhere Leaguemembers Chris Jones and John ( JJ Kaos) Pearce)
**"Wild Irish" (1997)
**"White Trash Guitar" (1999)
**"Bitter And Twisted"
* [http://www.bernietorme.com Bernie Tormé official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/bernietorme Bernie Tormé official myspace page]
* [http://www.gmtrocks.com Guy McCoy Tormé aka G.M.T. official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/gmtrocks Guy McCoy Tormé aka G.M.T. official myspace page]
* [http://rocknrolluniverse.com/rocknrolluniverse_449.htm Rock N Roll Universe Interview 2007]
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