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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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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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