Ozzy’s saviour Torme blasts into the holiday season gap

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Blues rock guitar legend Bernie Torme plays Bedford Esquires between Christmas and New Year.

Bernie Torme is best known for saving the day for Ozzy Osbourne, stepping into the breach after the tragic death of guitarist Randy Rhoads.

He’s also famed for top 10 hits with Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, and his own bands Torme and the Electric Gypsies.

It has been a good year for Bernie, too.

After deciding on a Pledge Music (crowd funded) campaign to record a new crop of material, he achieved 430 per cent of his target, recorded and released a double album Flowers and Dirt to critical acclaim.

Bernie was joined by his old bass player Chris Heilmann (Torme/Shark Island/Crippled Black Phoenix) and session drummer Ian Harris (Karnataka).

The band have been touring the UK in support of the new CD in October and November and finish the year with Bernie Torme Christmas Bash at Esquire on Sunday, December 28.

Hailing from Ireland, Torme 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 with, secured a gig at the local Girl Guides’ dance in Dublin. Torme played in Dublin band The Urge in the early 1970s before relocating to London in 1974, where he played with heavy rockers Scrapyard before forming the punk Bernie Torme Band in 1976.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets £10 in advance. Visit www.bedfordesquires.co.uk/