9. Bermie Tormé – Ozzy Osbourne and Gillan (as in Ian)
It has been said of Irish guitarist Bernie Tormé that he plays his vintage Fender Stratocaster through a Marshall Amplifier as though he knew them in a previous life.
Bernie played in Dublin band The Urge (among others) in the early 70′s before relocating to London in 74, where he initially played with heavy pub rockers Scrapyard, and later formed the punk Bernie Torme Band in 76-77, touring with The Boomtown Rats and Generation X among many others.
In 79 Bernie joined ex Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan’s band Gillan, and had a crucial role in the bands success, writing and playing on four top ten albums and many hit singles. Following his departure from Gillan, he played with Ozzy Osbourne, standing in for the great Randy Rhoads following Randy’s tragic death in an air crash. Bernie joined forces with ex Girl and current LA Guns front man Philip Lewis in Torme during the 80′s, as well as playing with legendary keyboard player Vincent Crane as a member of psychedelic doom rockers Atomic Rooster.
Bernie also played with Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Iron Maiden’s drummer Clive Burr in Desperado. Desperado’s “Ace” album has finally just been released in the UK on AngelAir Records (cat no Sjpcd154) and in the US on Cleopatra (cat no CLP..1644-2).
Bernie is currently working with bassist man mountain John McCoy, also ex Gillan and psycho-slamming drummer Robin Guy under the band name Guy McCoy Torme, or G.M.T. for short.
Check out more of Tormé on myspace http://www.myspace.com/bernietorme