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Words and Interview: Mark Taylor
1st December 2017

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Guitar legend and blues rock psychedelic shredmeister Bernie Tormé has enjoyed a long and remarkable career.

Hit records, world tours and international acclaim came as lead guitarist in Gillan and while a member of that band, Bernie wrote and played on three top ten albums and many hit singles and his trademark guitar is an intrinsic part of Gillan's biggest selling and best known singles that included 'New Orleans' and 'No Laughing In Heaven'.

In the aftermath of Randy Rhoads' tragic death Bernie then stepped in to play for Ozzy Osbourne before going on to front his own band. More recently, three highly-regarded solo albums have put Bernie back in the spotlight and won over new fans.

Earlier this year Bernie released his critically-acclaimed ‘Dublin Cowboy’ triple-disc album. This, together with two previous albums, 'Flowers & Dirt' from 2014 and 'Blackheart' from 2015, were all made with the assistance of highly successful Pledge funding campaigns that helped reconnect Bernie with long-standing fans as well as bringing in many new ones.

MetalTalk's Mark Taylor spoke at length with Bernie before his show at The Borderline in London. The guitarist spoke about the making of his triple album 'Dublin Cowboy' which features a studio album, plus acoustic and live albums.

Bernie also speaks about his choice of cover versions that have appeared on his solo albums in the 80s as well as those he did with Gillan and also gives his verdict on Deep Purple's 'Infinite' album which was released on the same day as 'Dublin Cowboy'.

Bernie will be playing the following dates in a short pre-Christmas winter tour:

30th November: South Shields – Queen Vic
1st December: Planet Rockstock
2nd December: Weston Super Mare – The Bear
3rd December: Oxford – The Bullingdon
4th December: Folkestone – Invicta Stripes

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Mark Taylor also interviewed Bernie back in 2014 when the Irishman had just released 'Flowers & Dirt'. In the revealing career respective interview, Bernie speaks at length about his punk career plus his successful years with Gillan that suddenly ended under a dark cloud.

Bernie also talks about the daunting task of performing with Ozzy Osbourne shortly after the death of Randy Rhoads.

You can watch that interview, which has had over 10,000 views, again right here:

In further news, Bernie has been added to the bill for the Sweden Rock Festival, which could see him meeting up with Ozzy Osbourne again.

Ozzy is one of headliners along with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The festival takes place 6th to 9th June 2018.

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