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    Artist: Bernie Tormé
    Release: Turn Out The Lights 1982
    Genre: NWOBHM
    Country: UK/Ireland
    Bitrate: 320kbps
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    BERNIE TORMÉ - Turn Out The Lights (1982) UK
    Metrodome Records


    01. Turn Out The Lights
    02. Painter Man
    03. Lies
    04. America
    05. Getting There
    06. Possession
    07. No Reply
    08. Chelsea Girl
    09. India
    10. Oh No

    Phil Spalding - Bass
    Colin Towns - Keyboards (IAN GILLAN BAND, GILLAN)
    Nigel Glockler - Drums (TOYAH, SAXON)

    Irishman Bernie Tormé is a hugely talented guitarist renowned for some particularly wild axework and theatrics.
    Such showmanship brought him close to 'guitar hero' status whilst in GILLAN in the late '70's & early '80's.
    After a spell with the Dublin based URGE, Tormé relocated to London from Ireland, forming SCRAPYARD in 1976.
    A Hard Rock trio of Tormé, bassist Bernie Hagley, and drummer Roger Hunt, Scrapyard gigged solidly throughout the London area.
    Hagley was to depart and the band were swiftly brought back up to strength with the addition of former ZZEBRA bassist John McCoy.
    However, this union lasted only a matter of months with Tormé striking out on his own as THE BERNIE TORMÉ BAND.
    McCoy meanwhile soldiered on with Paul Samson on guitar as Scrapyard became McCOY.
    The Bernie Torme Band managed to release two singles and contributed tracks to the Punk compilation album "Live At The Vortex".
    The Bernie Torme Band, still a trio, then put in some British supports to Gillan, the headline act now featuring McCoy on bass.
    An album was recorded for Jet Records but remains unreleased.
    Disillusioned, Tormé took up his old colleague John McCoy's offer to hook up with Gillan.
    After leaving Gillan in 1981, Tormé joined ATOMIC ROOSTER, appearing on their "Headline News", album and undertaking two tours of Germany and Italy.
    Whilst trying to assemble another solo band, Tormé was asked to fill in for Randy Rhoads in OZZY OSBOURNE's band following the American guitarist's tragic death.
    Torme's stint on Ozzy's American tour lasted but two weeks, with the pressure being too much for the Irishman.
    Returning to London with Osbourne's blessing, Tormé, set back to work on his own band ELECTRIC GYPSIES.
    The "Turn Out The Lights" album, released under the "Bernie Torme" name, featured future SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler, bassist Phil Spalding and Bernie's ex-Gillan partner Colin Towns on keyboards.
    For live work Electric Gypsies consisted of Tormé handling both vocals and guitar, Everton Williams on bass and drummer Frank Noon, the latter being on temporary loan from STAMPEDE.
    In 1982 Tormé appeared on ex-Gillan keyboard player Colin Towns' solo LP 'Making Faces', which only saw a Japanese release.
    The "Live", album, (released during 1984), featured original IRON MAIDEN member Ron "Rebel" Matthews on drums.
    A later British tour saw the addition of bassist Chris Heilmann, later to turn up in US act SHARK ISLAND, and ex-FRAMED drummer Ian Whitewood with vocalist Kef.
    In 1984 former GIRL vocalist Phil Lewis joined the band on a temporary basis following vocalist Kef's sudden departure before joining on a full time basis.
    Two albums (using the TORMÉ handle rather than Electric Gypsies) and successive British touring kept the band in the press, but momentum seemed to be waning.
    Lewis then relocated to Los Angeles to join American act L.A. GUNS.
    Tormé formed the shortlived RUSSIAN HIPPIES in 1988 with Bennet, vocalist Gary Owens and ex-BOMBSHELLS bassist Marc Russell.
    However, progress was minimal so Tormé and Russell travelled to America at the request of former TWISTED SISTER vocalist DEE SNIDER to join the vocalist's DESPERADOS outfit.
    The DESPERADO project of Tormé, Snider, Russell and ex-IRON MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr initially scored a huge deal with Atlantic Records.
    However, after more than two years the band had switched to Elektra and, having laid down an album, discovered the label had no intention of releasing it.
    The DESPERADO album was finally released posthumously on an independent label at a much later date.
    Although Snider offered Tormé a position in a new act he was putting together, WIDOWMAKER, the Irishman opted to return to London.
    Upon his return Tormé put in a guest guitar appearance on guitarist RENE BERG's "The Leather, The Loneliness & Your Dark Eyes", album in 1991.
    Another project band was titled MUTANT with Blacken and Magpie of MOURNBLADE.
    The year 1994 saw another solo album release, "Demolition Ball".
    Early 1997 found the guitarist involved in Mick Underwood's reformation of the cult act QUATERMASS.
    Although Tormé wrote material for the album, "Long Road", he was to opt out before recording of the album.
    The guitarist's own solo album of that year, "Wild Irish", recorded with Pearce and Jones, came out limited to merely 500 numbered copies.
    Maintaining this renewed momentum a further studio album was issued in 1999, one track including lead vocal from Dee Snider.
    Torme returned to the band format for the 'all star' SILVER project.
    The band also witnessed a welcome return to action by former MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP vocalist Gary Barden.
    Joining Torme and Barden would be H-BLOCKX drummer Marco Minnemann and MAD MAX, CASANOVA and DEMON DRIVE bassist Michael Voss.
    Keyboards were in the hands of as true veteran, Don Airey of RAINBOW, OZZY OSBOURNE and DEEP PURPLE fame.
    in 2007 Torme formed GMT with his former Gillan colleague bassist John McCoy with drums handled by Robin Guy of RACHEL STAMP and the BRUCE DICKINSON band.
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