Bernie Marsden

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Bernie Marsden
Bernie Marsden 2014
Background information
Birth name Bernard John Marsden
Born (1951-05-07) 7 May 1951 (age 64)
Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock, blues, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1973 – present
Labels Castle
Associated acts UFO, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, The Moody Marsden Band, The Snakes, The Company of Snakes
Notable instruments
PRS SE Bernie Marsden, Various PRS guitars, Gibson Les Paul 1959 (the beast), Gibson SG, Fender Stratocaster, Sid Poole Custom

Bernard John "Bernie" Marsden (born 7 May 1951) is an English rock and blues guitarist. He is primarily known for his work with Whitesnake having written or co-written with David Coverdale many of the group's hit songs, such as "Here I Go Again".[1]

Early career[edit]

After playing with a Buckinghamshire band called Skinny Cat,[citation needed] Marsden got his first professional gig with UFO. He next played with Glenn Cornick's Wild Turkey in 1974, before he joined Babe Ruth in 1975, and played on two releases, Stealin' Home (1975) and Kid's Stuff (1976), before moving on to Paice Ashton Lord in 1977, with Tony Ashton and ex-Deep Purple members, Ian Paice and Jon Lord.[2]


After Paice Ashton Lord folded, in 1978, Marsden joined the hard rock band, Whitesnake, playing on eight albums, from Snakebite (1978) to Saints and Sinners (1983). He reportedly turned down the possibility of playing with his boyhood hero, Paul McCartney, in Wings, to join Whitesnake.[2]


Following his departure from Whitesnake, Marsden formed a new band, initially called Bernie Marsden's SOS, which featured Marsden (guitar), Tommy Jackson (vocals), Brian Badham (bass), Richard Bailey (keyboards) and John Marter (drums). Shortly after, Jackson was replaced by Rob Hawthorn and the band was renamed Bernie Marsden's Alaska. They released two melodic rock albums, Heart of the Storm (1984) and The Pack (1985), before splitting.[2]

Later career[edit]

In more recent years, Marsden has toured with his bands Company of Snakes and M3 (both formed with fellow former Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray) and performed with Elkie Brooks.

Over the years he has taken part in a number of sessions and has released a handful of solo albums (And About Time, Too!, Look at Me Now, Green & Blues, Stacks). He has also collaborated with Micky Moody on a number of Marsden-Moody live and studio projects.

On the Sweden Rock Festival on 10 June 2011 Marsden played with Whitesnake for the first time since 1981, thus becoming the second of only two former Whitesnake band members who have played with Whitesnake in recent years, the other person being Adrian Vandenberg, who also played with them on the Sweden Rock Festival.

In the last ten years, Marsden has been involved in very different projects. The most unusual being two engagements at the National Theatre in London for Nickolas Hytner's productions of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" and "Henry the V" in collaboration with Simon Webb. Also, he appeared in ZDF television in Germany for their production of "Frankie", a six-part TV special. After this, Marsden has worked alongside Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Ian Paice and Jon Lord for The Sunflower Jam charity concert in London. Marsden also played Guitar with Ringo Starr and his son Zak Starkey in Monte Carlo. Most recently, he has been playing and writing for guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa.

Marsden now endorses PRS Guitars and has his own Signature guitar released in 2012.

He has also produced a blues documentary, A Day in the Delta, in collaboration with Jim Singleton, filmed in Mississippi for release in late 2013.

His brand new solo album 'Shine' (for Mascot Provogue Label Group), recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, was released in August 2014, reaching the number 1 spot on the iTunes blues chart. The album features guitarist Joe Bonamassa, playing on the title track, and a re-working of the Whitesnake classic 'Trouble' featuring a vocal from David Coverdale.

Marsden was the opening act for female blues and rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor during her UK tour.

According to his Twitter, there are dates in line for a UK Spring tour in 2015. In the same year, he earned an honorary doctrate from the University of Buckingham.



  1. ^ Prato, Greg. Bernie Marsden at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c "Bernie Marsden Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

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