at The Cluny, Newcastle, U.K., November 1, 2014

On their first ever tour around the UK the Broken Chords have been winning many new fans as support for veteran guitarist Bernie Torme. The Zeppelin influenced Get Some shows a nod to the past yet with a contemporary edge influenced by the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and the Foo Fighters hint at a highly promising future.

Hot on the heels of his recently released Pledge Music funded Flowers and Dirt album, his first solo record in over a decade and a half, former Gillan six stringer Bernie Torme hit the road visiting towns he hasn’t played in years.

With a career spanning over 35 years there was plenty of material to draw on and Torme delivered a set that covered his newest material (Partytown and Lockjaw), music from his GMT project (Bullet in the Brain) and going right back to his Electric Gypsies era (Turn Out The Lights).

Clearly many in the crowd wanted to hear some old Gillan songs and Torme understanding the limitations of his own voice chose wisely with New Orleans and Trouble fitting the bill perfectly. It would have been a safe option to cram the set full of Gillan standards but Torme, to his credit, avoided that pitfall to play a much more diverse and rewarding set.

Bernie Torme

Sticking to the tried and trusted three piece power trio format Torme has lost none of his fire and exuberance on guitar with all the dive bombs, bends and squeals that have become his trademark over the years.

His take on Same Old Story was a fitting tribute to one of his main inspirations, Rory Gallagher, while a riotous run through Gillan’s No Easy Way complete with a guest appearance by John Meikle on second lead guitar claiming his Pledge Music reward not only made his night but topped off a cracking Saturday night’s entertainment for everyone.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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