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3rd April 2017

bernie torme

MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week is dedicated to one of the most underrated and even understated guitarists to ever grace the stage.

Bernie Torme is a punk rocker at heart who is inspired by the greatness of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Rory Gallagher who onstage turns the amps to eleven and lets his battered Stratocaster sonically boom the ears with mind bending feedback and guitar wizardry.

Bernie was a member of Gillan at the height of their fame with three chart topping albums between 1979-1981.

bernie torme

He was then brought in as first choice replacement for the sadly departed Randy Rhoads to complete the US tour for Ozzy Osbourne including a performance at New York's Madison Square Gardens.

Since then Bernie has worked with Atomic Rooster, with Dee Snider in Desperado plus released a plethora of solo albums, with three coming in the past four years alone including his new triple opus 'Dublin Cowboy'.

bernie torme

The new twenty-nine track 'Dublin Cowboy', which is released on Friday, features the frantic title track, the thirsty work of 'Hair Of The Dog' and the Beck-ola fusion of 'Power Of The Blues'. It's an inspiring affair featuring the eleven minute epic 'Shine'. The third disc is a raw electrifying live recording including two Gillan tracks played by Bernie's band.

And here's the title track, 'Dublin Cowboy'. Hit the link in the player to pre-order the album.

And you can hear another track from 'Dublin Cowboy' on Steve Göldby Talks Metal from 4.00pm on Wednesday 5th April on TotalRock Radio and from Wednesday evening on our On Demand page right here.

Bernie exclusively told MetalTalk about the tour:

"It's just like the old days, eight in a row and no breaks, but man - if you can't take it YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO ROCK'N'ROLL!

"I may be dead at the end of it, (what a way to go!) and I will certainly be considerably deafer than I am now!

"We were very lucky to find a great bass player at short notice in difficult circumstances in Sy Morton; he's just great, and a lovely guy to boot. I've known Sy at a distance for a long time.

"I first met him in the 90s when he was in a band with my then drummer, Chris Jones. I've seen him play in lots of bands around Kent, most notably Tortilla Army, but we never played together till now. It's great."

Bernie kicked off his tour in South Shields on Saturday to rave reviews and it continues this week. The Manchester and London shows are early starts.

3rd April: Edinbugh, Bannermans
4th April: Grimsby, Yardbirds
5th April: Manchester, FAC251
6th April: Wolverhampton, The Robin 2
7th April: London, The Borderline
8th April: Brighton, The Prince Albert

Tickets available right here.

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