Bernie Marsden RIP

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Whitesnake Guitarist Bernie Marsen on 24 August, at the age of only 72.

Bernie was a brilliant guitarist, and ‘larger than life’ character, who had performed many times for Eclectic Live Music.

Back in the days of Chiddingfold Club (pre 2000!) his superb band ‘Company of Snakes’ appeared several times. This terrific band comprised all the original members of Whitesnake, but with superb vocals provided by the charismatic Robert Hart, in lieu of David Coverdale.

Bernie was also the guest of Paul Jones at several charity gigs, both at Cranleigh Arts Centre and at G-Live.

Most recently he appeared in the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming in 2019 (18 May) in `An Audience with Bernie Marsden’. 

I was my intention to invite him back to appear at the Borough Hall, but sadly it’s now too late.

He’ll long be remembered for his guitar skills, his music, and his vibrant personality. 


Paul Jones / Bernie Marsden / Cranleigh Arts Centre / shot by Rob Blackham for

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