Bernie Torme was an amazing guitarist who has played with a long list of folks including Mr. Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider, Ian Gillan, Phil Lewis and on and on. More important though is his music-an amazing array of music. Bernie is both punker, and guitar hero. He is the expressive over the top whammybar-lovin showman.
His music inspired us to start the Wild West when from 2003 thru 2006 we tried to bring him over from the UK for a US tour. Sadly, prior to the idea of Crowdfunding-by a year!
Today, we have moved on to focus on guitar heroes, local rock and alternative scene, but we have certainly not forgotten Bernie Torme. When it comes to musical tastes and ideas on music he is never far from my consciousness. Scary but true.
For some idea of Bernie’s history-and the music he has contributed to-check out the Feast of Noise/ Wild West Bernie Torme Discography.
Bernie sadly passed in March of 2019. He is dearly missed but his musical legacy can be found on the website he began and which continues to be maintained and updated – https://www.bernietormeofficial.com
Wondering what I mean by a showman, check out his Youtube channel!
Something grabbed me that December night way back in 1980.
Stoneship from Bernie Torme’s album, Flowers & Dirt.
Torme Live at Folkestone Open Air Festival 1986: “Turn Out The Lights” and “Mystery Train” featuring Phil Lewis (LA Guns)
Gillan Performing Unchain Your Brain and featuring Ian Gillan, Mick Underwood, Colin Towns, John McCoy, and Bernie Torme