Bernie Tormé – Final Fling CD Review


I’ve not written anything for Rockgig for a while, but when the opportunity to review the latest Bernie Tormé CD came through ‘Admin’ knew there was only one person on the team for the job.

As many of you will know Bernie tragically passed away in March 2019, the day before what would have been his 67th birthday.

I’ll be honest with you Bernie was my favourite guitarist and I was lucky enough to see him play on a number of occasions.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see him on the sadly prophetic ‘The Final Fling’ tour in 2018. I hear that the tour was a huge success, with Bernie and his band (drummer Mik Gaffney and bassist Sy Morton) in fantastic form night after night. For this reason the trio soon began to regret the decision not to record any of the shows, so with the set fresh in their minds, the band loaded the gear into the live room and set up one more time to run through a set of classics numbers, spanning Bernie’s career. Featuring classics from across his solo career, as well as nods to his days in Ozzy Osbourne’s band and Gillan. The resulting ‘Final Fling’ CD captures the essence of what made Bernie so special. The CD was mixed and mastered by Bernie’s son Eric Tormey, and he has done a great job.

I have given the CD several plays and love it. It really captures the band on top form and the ‘live’ recording style gives a slightly raw feel that just adds to the excitement and sensation of the CD. I’d ordered the CD with the bundle option, which came with a T-shirt patch an Enamel ‘Do you wanna be a STAR?’ badge, which I love.

This is easily my number one CD of 2022 and I would highly recommend that you purchase a copy today to help keep Bernie’s memory alive. Details on how to do this are available from Final Fling | Bernie Torme (



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