Brighton Rock

I’m performing with Bernie Torm√© , celebrated guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne, Ian Gillan, Dee Snider and GMT this Saturday 8 April in Brighton. It’s part of my “official birthday” celebrations so I hope to see you there !! ūüôā ¬†Tickets, just ¬£13.25 available here.

Bernie will be playing songs from his triple box set album “Dublin Cowboy” plus a selection of old favourites. The album features a whole album of new rock songs, an acoustic album rooted in Bernie’s Irish and other traditions and a live album. My wife and I went round to Bernie’s for dinner the other week and there are some exciting developments in the pipeline … shhhhh …. ūüôā

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So, I’m ready with my bucket, spade, shades and suedes to hit the town of Brighton, famed for its rock, cock and royalty … Come join me for an unforgettable¬†afternoon and evening.

And the inspiration for the title of this post. The magnificent Brian May and Queen : Brighton Rock. One of my early inspirations was the guitar playing of Brian May, alongside Ritchie Blackmore and Jimi Hendrix and they taught me much of what I know now. Bernie Torm√©‘s playing is out of this world, a fusion of psychedelia, hard rock and irish roots. ¬†R U Experienced?

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Dublin Cowboy

Following the success of his two recent crowd-funded albums, 2014‚Äôs Flowers & Dirt and 2015‚Äôs Blackheart, former Gillan and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Bernie Torm√© has announced plans for a new album. ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô will be a triple album comprising a studio CD, an acoustic CD and a live CD. The album is scheduled for release in March 2017 and, again, fans are being asked to support the production and release of the album via a crowdfunding appeal.

“I’m so psyched to be doing my third crowd-funded album on Pledgemusic, and in celebration of number three it‚Äôs also a triple album. Triple offender! Titled ‘Dublin Cowboy’ – because that‚Äôs what I am, its going to be a studio album, acoustic album, and a live album altogether in a dinky little slip-box. It‚Äôs a totally new experience for me, and that‚Äôs the best thing about it! It’ll be released in March 2017, and we’ll be rocking it live throughout the UK in April 2017.”

Jamming with da man - at the Hilton Hotel

Jamming with ‘da man – at the Hilton Hotel – To be sure, to be sure

The success of his two recent solo albums heralded the start of a real career renaissance for Bernie Tormé. He even claimed that I was part of it when all I did was buy the beer!! Seriously I’m also seriously geeked to have played a small part in Bernie’s renaissance alongside Arthur Brown, Ginger Wildheart et al. I’ve also performed on stage twice with Bernie and the band at London’s Borderline which is a kind of baptism by fire …

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Both albums were assisted by highly successful crowdfunding campaigns that helped reconnect Bernie with long-standing fans as well as bringing new ones. ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô continues that renaissance.

Full details of Bernie’s Pledgemusic appeal can be found at Dublin Cowboy. Here’s some highlights:

  • ¬£25 buys you a copy of the ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô triple CD (and the first 100 physical CD orders will also get a free Bernie Torm√© ‚ÄėStratocaster Gypsy‚Äô DVD
  • ¬£36 buys you a signed copy of ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô (together with a free DVD for the first 100 physical CD orders)
  • ¬£200 buys you a Guitar Masterclass with Bernie
  • ¬£350 buys you a day‚Äôs recording at Barnroom Studios in Kent with Bernie producing
  • ¬£500 buys you Bernie‚Äôs vintage pirate coat, as worn on stage by Bernie during the Gillan era
"Pirates of Temple Bar" - Bernie's "piratic coat of many colours" - SOLD

“Pirates of Temple Bar” – Bernie’s “piratic coat of many colours” – SOLD

To tie in with the release of the album a new 2017 UK Tour has also been announced:

1st April SOUTH SHIELDS The Unionist Club

2nd April GLASGOW Nice n Sleazy

3rd April EDINBURGH Bannermans

4th April GRIMSBY Yardbirds

5th April MANCHESTER FAC25

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6th April WOLVERHAMPTON The Robin

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7th April LONDON The Borderline

8th April BRIGHTON The Prince Albert

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Peter Cook leads The Academy of Rock, blending business with music. Read his book “The Music of Business” which includes an interview with¬†Bernie Torm√©.

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Prince R.I.P. – Sometimes it Snows in April

That is all I can find to say …¬†

I wish u heaven xx

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A few tributes have come in from musical friends:

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The Prince of Innovation

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My Tribute to Prince

George Clinton and Prince

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Spirits come and spirits go
Some stick around for the after show
Don’t have to say I miss you
(Don’t have to say I miss you)
‘Cause I think you already know

If you ever lose someone
Dear to you
Never say the words, they’re gone

They’ll come back, yeah
They’ll come back, yeah yeah
They’ll come back

Tears go here

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Illustration by Martin Homent

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Party’s Over .. but I’m still Eight Miles High

I had the great pleasure of playing with a Rock Legend just recently, at London’s Borderline with Bernie Torm√© and the band. Even more frightening to be in front of a crowd of fans who can be quite precious about their heroes, not always wanting any interference with their expectations from outsiders. ¬†It seems I more than “got away” with the whole thing, having impressed blogger Darren Johnson with my ability to play with Class A rock stars:

Click on the picture to read Darren's Review

Click on the picture to read Darren’s Review

It seems that the world thinks that not only am I a good business consultant / author but also a rather fine guitar player who can hold their own with world class musicians. Getting an accolade like this is perhaps more important than scoring 11/10 on a happy sheet from an event or masterclass – of course, both things matter, but I think this review has set the week off rather well !! At the point of writing this I confess I am feeling rather smug – back to earth soon I hope ! Here’s some video of the rather drunken jam session:

Bernie Torm√©’s tour continues through the month in Oxford, Newcastle, Liverpool and Brighton. Check the band out.

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We also did a superb event in The Virgin Lounge where Bernie did an interview, conducted a Q&A and gave a mini guitar masterclass.

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The Mile High Club at the Virgin Lounge – Picture by Christina Jansen http://www.cjansenphotography.com

The Band et moi and Peter Lawrence - Picture by Christina Jansen www.cjansenphotography.com

The Band et moi and Peter Lawrence – Picture by Christina Jansen http://www.cjansenphotography.com

A¬†full interview with Bernie appears in my current book “The Music of Business” where we discuss the impact of climate on high performance, Jimi Hendrix, the gentle art of improvisation from a starting point of nothing and various other matters.

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Our next events in the Virgin Lounge are on Friday 27th November with the Godfather of Punk, Mr Richard Strange and Friday December 4th with Mark Christopher Lee, who has created an album of 100 x 30 second songs as a disruptive force in the music industry.

Halloween ROCKS

DATELINE: Halloween SATURDAY 31 OCT 2015, 3.00 – 3.45 pm

I’m launching¬†the first in a series of inspirational events at The Virgin Money Lounge in London’s Haymarket. I will be hosting an interview, Q&A, meet and greet and guitar masterclass with Bernie Torm√©, legendary guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne and Deep Purple‚Äôs Ian Gillan, a former Virgin Records’ artist. This is¬†part¬†of Bernie’s¬†UK Tour to mark the launch of his new album ‚ÄúBlackheart‚ÄĚ. Book¬†yourself¬†into the¬†event at¬†the Virgin Money Lounge, prior to Bernie’s¬†gig at¬†London‚Äôs Borderline on the same evening, where I’ll be joining him on stage for a few numbers. Come to the party !!

ONLY 15 Spaces left – book your place at the lounge via e-mail peter@humdyn.co.uk

Bernie‚Äôs tour is itself unusual in so far that it has been entirely funded by his fans all over¬†the world using ‚Äúcrowdfunding‚ÄĚ. Fans paid in advance for albums, t-shirts, guitar lessons, jam sessions with the band, studio experience days and even formed a ‚Äúvirtual gothic choir‚ÄĚ, singing into their phones and having their voices transposed onto some of the album tracks in the studio.

What did Bernie learn from working with The Osbournes?

As it is Halloween, no doubt Bernie will be performing various pagan rituals to celebrate saints and sinners in the deathly hallows¬†of rock. Only joking !! Do expect to hear some sonically unique guitar playing informed by Jimi Hendrix amongst a cast of giants, plus Bernie’s unique fusion of¬†the blues, psychedelia and traditional Irish folk music.

Innovators in business and music РJobs, Hendrix, Branson and Clapton Рartwork by the very talented Simon Heath @SimonHeath1 

We will¬†also be discussing lessons from life on the road with the Prince of Darkness himself, Mr Ozzy Osbourne and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, a former Virgin Records’ artist. There is much to learn in business and leadership from the School of Hard Knocks and Bernie’s insights are priceless.

This is the first of a series of events for Virgin. We have follow up events booked with¬†Jess and the Bandits, currently touring the UK and the nation’s TV screens and others with Aaron Keylock, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Patti Russo, Meatloaf’s singing partner and, who knows …. Come Lounge With Me on¬†Halloween. It’s not about the money … it’s only rock’n’roll but you will like it – I presently learning “No Easy Way” from “Glory Road” in preparation for a possible guitar duelling session …

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Some of Bernie Torm√©’s insights into the creative process and an interview with Sir Richard Branson feature in our forthcoming book for Bloomsbury, Leading Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise.¬†Order your copy now by clicking the image:

HARD ROCK, BLACK HEART

I have just received a copy of Bernie Torm√©’s new album BLACKHEART – I’m mightily impressed. Bernie goes on tour at the end of October¬†– get your tickets NOW:

Thu 22nd Oct Keighley, Yorkshire The Octagon 01274 562252

Fri 23rd Oct Troon, Ayrshire, South Beach Hotel 01292 312033

Sat 24th Oct Edinburgh, Bannermans 0131 556 3254 

Wed 28th Oct Frome, Dorset Cheese and Grain 01373 455420 

Fri 30th Oct Birmingham, Institute, The Temple 01865 798797

Sat 31st¬†Oct London, Borderline 020 7734 5547 – I’m treating this as a social evening as I’m playing on one of the numbers with Bernie and the band – how cool¬†is that? – get your ticket for the party!

Sat 7th Nov Oxford, The Wheatsheaf 01865 721 156

Wed 11th Nov Newcastle, The Cluny 0191 230 4474

Thu 12th Nov Liverpool Liverpool Arts Club 0151 559 3773

Sat 14th Nov Brighton, The Prince Albert 01273 730499

An original power trio - Christian Hellmann, Bernie Tormé and Ian Harris

An original power trio – Christian Hellmann, Bernie Torme and Ian Harris – in Church searching for their souls

What strikes most people¬†about Bernie’s work is most often the guitar playing which is extraordinary. What also struck me about the album was the songwriting and lyrical content as much as the great musicianship. There are three sorts of songs on the album – straightforward hard rawk¬†and roll, hard rock ballads¬†and some rather nice folk music.

In the hard rawk and roll category we have songs like 1985, Golden Pig and On Fire. Bernie moans “I’m a¬†slave to the rhythm, the keeper of the flame” – so true. Every time I visit his¬†studio there always seems to be some kind of fire …

Keeper of the rawk and roll flame ....

Keeper of the rawk and roll flame …. Mr¬†Torm√©

I love the ballads, “Flow”, “Into the Sun” and “Party’s Over” – these feature a choir made up of Bernie’s fans who sang into their phones and sent the individual recordings over for mixing into the final cut – an ingenious idea from Bernie’s crowdfunding project. “Party’s Over” is simply not long enough and features a Dylanesque harmonica and a guitar solo to die for, slightly reminiscent of something Mott The Hoople might have done. After all Ian Hunter was Dylan speeded up ūüôā “Flow”¬†features¬†a haunting¬†motif that eventually moves into a Zeppelinesque grind with a guitar sound and performance that is truly imaginative for a classic three piece.

And we have some traditional folk songs, perhaps inspired by Bernie’s Irish homeland. “Miles to Babylon” and “Steady Roller Blues” which has a haunting mystical quality. In both cases the songs break out into rock after their acoustic beginnings from the old country (Kent).

The production is also great – crystal clear, loud and with everything louder than everything else! We had direct experience of this when we pledged towards the project with a mini album of Be-Bop Deluxe songs and just recently when I brought Dr Andrew Sentance’s band Rock In The City to Bernie’s¬†studio to record two songs about Macroeconomics in a day. More on that later.

So, get yourself a copy of the album and book into the tour. I’ll be in London on 31 October for some beer and rawk n roll. Listen to Bernie live on Salford City FM on Wed 16th September at 11 am in conversation with Tom Hughes.

Here’s our interview with Bernie from last year for his previous album release:

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For our work combining music and business¬†contact us via The Academy of Rock.¬†Order our new book “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise” via Bloomsbury.

Hard Rock Heaven

I’m performing again with¬†Bernie Torm√©, former guitarist with¬†Ozzy Osbourne and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan at London’s prestigious Borderline venue on Saturday October 31st. The concert is in support of Bernie’s crowdfunding project to record a new album. There’s just a few days left to get involved in this awesome project. We just recorded a four track EP at Bernie’s studio in one day. He has several guitar lessons left and you can even bring your band to jam with the man at his studio – spending a few hours with a master musician at an incredible price, plus albums, t-shirts and so on. Click on the logo to find out more:

Click to join Bernie's crowdfunding project and be part of a unique phenomenon

Click to join Bernie’s crowdfunding project and be part of a unique phenomenon – hurry now – there’s just a few days¬†to go before the project ends

Get yourself a ticket to this once in a lifetime event at The Borderline. Here I reflect on important lessons about high performance from my previous experiences in corporate life and the school of hard rocks.

Prepare if you want to be spontaneous

I¬†had just a 3 minute soundcheck at Bernie’s last gig so there was no time to¬†find out about the band’s “chemistry” on the night itself. Fortunately I had done some preparation beforehand to study all that was necessary to be a reasonably good team member without extensive practice. For me, this mirrors many situations in business life where there is no rehearsal time. ¬†The lesson is that preparation is key to spontaneity and high performance. It’s what Tom Peters¬†calls the 10 000 hours effect.

A similar thing happened the other week at a leadership event I ran¬†in Warsaw. Despite meticulous preparations by the organisers, we ended up arriving late for the event due to gridlock in the city. I always have a plan B, C and D for such situations, and we had to operate most of these in the event, including running the event ‘backwards’ whilst various items that had been promised were located. However, there is always something new to learn and I had¬†not planned for an on-stage electrocution due to an earth loop! Fortunately it was only 48 volts. ¬†This is not what I really mean when I talk about High Voltage Performance!! The audience seemed to think it was all part of my act …

I wanna be electrocuted ... with Alice Cooper

I wanna be electrocuted … with Alice Cooper

The moment just before electrocution by Brian Allan - at The Quadrilion Art Gallery in Warsaw

The moment just before electrocution by Brian Allan when guitar connected with microphone – at The Quadrilion Art Gallery in Warsaw

Relax, stay focused, be creative

On the morning of the main event in Warsaw, the promised guitar failed to arrive for a set of odd reasons. The MD of the Blue Sky Club arrived to tell me the news just 15 minutes before we were due to start in front of a large audience. He clearly expected me to throw a tantrum. Instead I told him it would be alright and then scratched my head. I thought I’d go and make some enquiries with some audience members who had been talking to me about instruments. Within minutes, it turned out that one of the delegate’s wives was Marketing Director for The Hard Rock Cafe (next door). We were promised a guitar and the show carried on. The lessons here are:

Don’t panic

Stay focused

Be creative to reach your goal

Sometimes life throws up a better option when a crisis occurs ....

Sometimes life throws up a better option when a crisis occurs ….

So, whilst it’s nice when things go to plan, they don’t always and the smart money is on planning for sh…t to happen rather than making sh….t happen.

Book yourself a ticket to¬†The Borderline for October 31st now and take a look at the great things on offer in Bernie’s latest crowdfunding project with¬†Pledge Music. Bernie kindly credited me alongside Arthur Brown, Dee Snider and Ginger Wildheart on his last album release. This is the kind of testimonial that beats ‘happy sheets’ at the end of a course by a country mile and sits well alongside kind words from Harvey Goldsmith, Professor Adrian Furnham, Charles Handy, Bill Nelson, Sheila E and Tom Peters.

Bernie Torme - a gentle giant

Bernie Torme – a gentle giant

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Peter Cook leads Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock. Author of and contributor to ten¬†books on business leadership, creativity and innovation. His latest offerings “Punk Rock People Management” – 2nd Edition and a NEW edition of “The Music of Business” may be ordered now.

Book your ticket for a great night in London at the Borderline on Saturday October 31 at The Borderline.

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