Hey Hey !!!
Bernie and his his wife Radka have two children, daughter
Maddy who is 5 years young and in the 1st grade and, son Tino who
at the time of this writing just turned 1 a few days ago !
Married for 6 years, he says with pride that
" Radka has the hardest job in the world trying to raise 2 kids
almost single handed as the band has had so much work this year so far...
and lots more to come.
She's amazing and is my life partner, talented, beautiful, and MINE."
(L/R) Maddy, Bernie, Tino, Radka
Bernie Shaw was born on June 15 1956 in Victoria the capital of British
Columbia, Canada. At the beginning of
1970 Bernie dreamed of becoming a rock guitarist. He bought himself a Gibson SG
Special and started practicing.
When the local band COLD SWEAT was looking for
a second guitarist in 1974 Bernie auditioned but the bassplayer asked him if he
knew what he was playing. He told him to do himself a favor by buying vocal
gear set and come back the next week. Shaw followed up this advice, and when he
auditioned as a singer the band was convinced: This was their new vocalist.
The interest in rock music was changing and COLD SWEAT changed their name in
Buckshot. With this name they toured for some months. In the summer of 1977 the
band quitted due to lack of success. Shaw: I had enough of doing all these small
clubs. I wanted to go further then that.
His next band was Legend. This formation came from Saskatoon. Shaw played 9
months with them before a flew back to Victoria.
Also in this year Shaw played with Phil Lanzon ( Ex Romance) in PARIS.
In December 1978 Paris signed a record deal with RCA and changed their
name to GRAND PRIX . It’s here that Shaw
sang on his first album: ‘GRAND PRIX’ which was released in 1980. When Shaw
returned from the wedding of his sister October 1981 he found out he was
replaced by Robin Mc Auley.
In December 1981 Shaw joined the 1978 started band PRAYING MANTIS. There he met
Tino Troy – guitar
Chriss Troy – bass, Dave Potts - drums and John Bavin – Keyboards. The band was
managed by Deep Purple founder John Coletta. Still they had problems to get a
record deal. For a long time they were the most over rehearsed band in London.
With Praying Mantis Shaw did not record a album, just the EP "Tell me the
nightmares wrong" recorded in 1982. Praying Mantis with Shaw was just live to
be seen, like the READING FESTIVAL. In 1993 a bootleg was going around called
"live + singles" wich contains 6 songs performed at the Reading festival,
followed by pieces of ‘THE SOUNDHOUSE TAPES" – MAXI , the PRAYING MANTIS
record, AND THE SINGLES "CHEATED DOUBLE"and "TURN THE TABLES"
From December 1983 to the middle of 1984 Shaw played in the by ex IRON MAIDEN
drummer founded CLIVE BURR’S ESCAPE . Who went on as ESCAPE shortly after
In this band also played Praying Mantis members Chris and Tino Troy.
July 1984 again the band choose to go on with a new name. That's how STRATUS
started. The album ‘TROWING SHAPES’was recorded at the FRANKFURTER DREAMBOAT
studio with Tino troy –guitar, Alan Nelson –keyboards, Chris Troy –bass, and
Clive Burr –drums. It was released in the summer of 1984.
Like PRAYING MANTIS, STRATUS played melodic hard rock. The 12 pieces of rock
sound like a progression of the Praying Mantis music, and thereforeis interesting
stuff for Uriah Heep fans.
In 1993 the cd version REBORN CLASSICS was released. As a bonus track on this
bootleg the SOUNDHOUSE TAPES are added.
Stratus also had one song as a movie soundtrack. The song "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE’
is used in CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH (1986/USA)
When Stratus gigged at the London Marquee Club one of the visitors was Mick
Box. He was looking for a singer who could reach the high notes. Uriah Heep
singer Steff Fontain was just fired. Mick asked Bernie to do a audition for
Heep. Bernie did and after a ‘heavy’ night Mick was concluding Uriah Heep got
their new front man !.
Shaw’s first album with Heep was LIVE IN MOSCOW . In 1995 Shaw was facing
serious throat problems. The medic’s had difficulties to discover the problem,
and it looked for a while as Shaw had to quit his singing career. For concerts
in Austria and South Africa John Lawton toke over. Bernie recovered after a
minor surgery. Bernie now is the longest in the band as a vocalist.
At the end of 1995 Shaw started a hobby band in Vancouver Canada called IN
TRANSIT. The band did cover versions of VAN HALEN, 38 SPECIAL, DAN REED
NETWORK, STAGE DOLLS, FOREIGNER, RITCHIE SAMBORA and a few Uriah Heep songs.
In august and september of 1997 Bernie was in the Canadian Rock Ridge studios
to sing on Kevin Williams ,his friend, album. They knew each other from IN
It was a tribute album to Williams wife who died from cancer christmas
1996. The cd was released in private by Kevin Williams for the Canadian market