Full 2018 WinterStorm set available to stream
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It was the defining moment of WinterStorm...
If there ever had been a higher reason for an event taking place it was on Saturday 24th of November 2018. It was the the moment that Bernie Torme turned backstage from a standing ovation and a whole hall chanting his name.
He just looked at me with a slow shaking of his head and tears running from his eyes. He didn't need to speak, his emotion told it all. It was a moment that took him by surprise; it was a reaction from an audience that he hadn't expected, perhaps he'd never expected to receive ever again. He came over and we hugged and we had a wee greet! I think I said something inane like "I'll never forget this moment Bernie"; if he replied I think he said something similar.
When I think of Bernie Torme, it just brings flashbacks of the heady days of The Ayr Pavilion in the late seventies and early eighties when bands like Def Leppard and Iron Maiden entertained us sweaty Ayrshire schoolboys and girls. And my first gig was seeing Gillan with the magnificent Bernie Torme on the strings! As I recall that was the Round the World in 80 Tour and he was as punk as he was metal.
The genuine affection from the WinterStorm audience had a definite impact on Bernie Torme that night and his reaction just summed the man up. He had just blown away a loving crowd with a virtuoso and powerful set, a set that by common consent was one of the lasting memories of that weekend and indeed is up there with the very best memories and performances of any WinterStorm. We can count ourselves blessed that we saw Bernie Torme at his very best that day, that one last time we witnessed a guitarist at the peak of his playing.
He tragically left us just a few short weeks later
We shared something special with Bernie Torme that day and I know that he took as much away from that afternoon as we all did. We will all miss him so much.
The edited Beach Bootleg of Bernie Torme's defining 2018 set is now available to view for free on YouTube - hit the link below. The set was recorded on multi HD cams by Graham Gebbie and his team and audio recorded from the balcony. It captures the essence of a great set that took the audience from general interest to complete captivation.
It was everything that WinterStorm is about and a magnificent testimony to the talents of Bernie Torme.
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