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|Birth name||Bernard Tormey|
18 March 1952 |
|Genres||Hard rock, Heavy metal, Punk rock|
|Associated acts||Guy McCoy Tormé, Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan, Desperado|
|Vintage Fender Stratocaster|
Tormé was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy and formed his own band at a young age. His first paid performance came when Don Harris, a 14 year old drummer he played alongside when he was 17, secured a gig at the local Girl Guides' dance in Kilmainham in Dublin. Tormé then played in Dublin band 'The Urge' in the early 1970s before relocating to London in 1974, where he initially played with heavy rockers 'Scrapyard' (whose bass player, John McCoy would later be re-united with Tormé in Gillan), before forming the punk 'Bernie Tormé Band' in 1976. The Bernie Tormé Band toured with The Boomtown Rats and Generation X among many others. Tormé has since revealed that he secured the supporting band slot with the Boomtown Rats by agreeing to go around London putting up posters advertising the tour.
In 1977 the band were asked to contribute two tracks to the Live At The Vortex album, "Streetfighter" and "Living for Kicks". This led to them being signed to the Jet Records label, who "...paid us forty quid a week each for the next 18 months... Apart from that they just sat on us pretty much, they were more into ELO."
Career with Gillan
Frustrated by a lack of commercial success, Tormé accepted the invitation of former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan in 1979 to join his band Gillan, and it was as part of this band that Tormé is best known.
In 1981 Tormé walked out on Gillan, citing lack of money despite touring the world as his reason. He played as a live session man for Atomic Rooster and then Ozzy Osbourne as the immediate successor of the recently deceased original guitarist Randy Rhoads. Tormé was hired to play on makeup dates resulting from cancelled concerts after Rhoads' death. After only 7 shows in 10 days, Tormé quit to concentrate on his own band Electric Gypsies and was replaced by Brad Gillis. It was widely reported in 1982 that severe performance anxiety lead to Tormé's departure from Osbourne's band, though this has apparently never been confirmed.
Tormé spent several years with the band Desperado with former Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider. Although the record saw limited release, Snider re-used a number of the songs for a subsequent project, Widowmaker (not to be confused with the 1970s English band of the same name).
Tormé also played guitar on René Berg's solo album, The Leather, The Loneliness And Your Dark Eyes, released in 1992.
In addition to the continued release of new Tormé recordings and re-issuance of his back catalogue titles, Tormé also became involved with the 'Silver' project, which also included former Michael Schenker Group vocalist Gary Barden.
In 2006, Tormé announced the formation of Guy McCoy Tormé (aka "G.M.T"), with former Gillan bassist John McCoy and drummer Robin Guy. In 2007, Tormé contributed lead guitar and sitar parts to "Smile In Denial", track #4 of Yoni, a solo album from Wildhearts frontman Ginger.
- With Bernie Tormé Band
- Live At The Vortex Vol.1 (2 tracks contributed to compilation)
- "I'm Not Ready" (7") - 1978
- Punk Or What (recordings from 1976—1978 unreleased until 1999)
- Bernie Tormé Band (EP) "Weekend"/"Secret Service"/"All Night"/"Instant Impact" with Phil Spalding and Mark Harrison - 1979
- With Gillan
- With Atomic Rooster
- Live In Germany In 1983 (released 2000)
- With Electric Gypsies
- With Tormé
- Back to Babylon
- Die Pretty Die Young
- Official Live Bootleg
- Live in Sheffield 1983
- With Desperado
- Bloodied But Unbowed
- With René Berg
- The Leather, The Loneliness And Your Dark Eyes" (1992)
- With ex-Samson singer Gary Owen
- Demolition Ball
- As Bernie Tormé
- (A project with Anti-Nowhere League members Chris Jones and John Pearce)
- Wild Irish (1997)
- White Trash Guitar (1999)
- With GMT
- Cannonball (2006, EP)
- Bitter And Twisted (2006)
- Evil Twin (2008)
- Bernie Tormé official website
- Guy McCoy Tormé aka G.M.T. official website
- Guy McCoy Tormé aka G.M.T. official myspace page
- Rock N Roll Universe Interview 2007
- Interview at Skylight Webzine
- Photo galleries of Bernie live (GMT and The Electric Gypsies)