Bernie Torme Biography – Bernie Torme Wiki
Bernie Torme born Bernard Joseph Tormey, was an Irish rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, record label and recording studio owner.
Dublin-born Bernie Torme learned his trade from local heroes such as Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore and Eric Bell before moving to London in 74, where he initially played with heavy pub rockers Scrapyard, and then formed the Bernie Tormé Band in 76. The BTB toured with Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats and Billy Idol’s Generation X among many others.
In early 1979 Bernie joined ex Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan’s band Gillan, and was crucial to the band’s success as guitar hero foil to Ian’s soaring vocals. While a member of Gillan he wrote and played on four top ten albums and many hit singles, including Gillan’s biggest selling singles, ‘New Orleans’ and ‘Trouble’.
After his stint with Gillan, Bernie joined Ozzy Osbourne on the Diary Of A Madman tour in the US, temporarily standing in for the legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads who had been tragically killed in an air crash just days beforehand. Madison Square Garden was among the gigs that Bernie played with Ozzy: A young Zakk Wylde who was present in the audience has been quoted in interviews as saying ‘Bernie rocked’.
Bernie’s ﬁrst solo album ‘Turn Out The Lights’ was released in the UK, Europe and Japan in 1982 shortly after his return from Ozzy’s US tour. He continued playing gigs in the UK and Europe through the remainder of 82 and 83, when his second solo album ‘Electric Gypsies’ was released, the album’s title being drawn from the name of his three-piece touring band.
Bernie also found time during this period to tour Europe and record with legendary keyboard player Vincent Crane (ex-The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) as a member of psychedelic doom rockers Atomic Rooster.
In the mid 80’s Bernie worked with ex-Girl and LA Guns front man Phil Lewis in Tormé. The band released four albums, including the cult classic ‘Back to Babylon’ which, like the ‘Electric Gypsies’ album, made waves in Japan. Following Phil Lewis’s departure, Bernie teamed up with Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Iron Maiden’s drummer Clive Burr to form Desperado, writing with Snider and recording the album ‘Ace’. Bernie then recorded three albums with Guy McCoy Torme (GMT) featuring bassist man mountain John McCoy (also ex Gillan), and drummer Robin Guy. Bernie. During this period Bernie also worked with German band ‘Silver’, playing lead guitar on three albums. In 2013 Bernie started playing solo gigs again returning, once more, to his favoured format of a three piece line-up. 2014 saw the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Flowers & Dirt’ double album and a UK tour, followed by the equally acclaimed ‘Blackheart’ (2015) & ’Dublin Cowboy’ in 2017, both accompanied by further touring & festivals.
Bernie Torme Age
He was born on 18 March 1952 in Dublin, Ireland. He died on 17 March 2019 London, one day short of his 67th birthday.
Bernie Torme Health – Bernie Torme Illness
Bernie Torme battled double pneumonia. On 13 February 2019, a tweet from the musician’s verified account asked fans for their prayers. “Bernie Tormé is extremely ill in intensive care with virulent double pneumonia. We ask for your prayers.”
Bernie Torme’s family said in a statement at the time he was in hospital: “Whilst Bernie remains in great hands in hospital, there has been no improvement in his condition and last night he was placed on a ventilator. Bernie remains in intensive care. Your continued thoughts, prayers and best wishes are most welcome.”
Bernie Torme Death
Bernie Tormé died on 17 March 2019. His death was announced by his family in a statement. The statement reads: “Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications. Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed.”
Bernie Torme Cause of Death – How did Bernie Torme Die
Bernie Torme’s cause of death has not been disclosed. However, in February 2019, he was hospitalized while battling double pneumonia and was later put on a ventilator.
Bernie Torme Pledge
In February 2019, Torme’s Twitter account posted: “PledgeMusic owe Bernie Torme almost £16,000 which was due last December on completion of his recent ‘Shadowland’ Pledgemusic campaign.”
A subsequent post noted that Torme had “paid for all for all recordings, merchandise, CDs and all postage costs to honour his fans’ pledges out of his own pocket. He has as yet been unable to pay his musicians, drummer Mik Gaffney and bass player Simon Morton for their work on the album.”
Bernie Torme Net Worth
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Bernie Torme Wife – Bernie Torme Children
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