A LEGENDARY guitarist with hard rock band Whitesnake is going out on the road this autumn.

Rock and blues guitarist Bernie Marsden plans to play Leeds City Varieties in September 24, as part of his UK tour.

Bernie co-wrote some of Whitesnake’s biggest hits, including Fool For Your Loving and the million-selling chart-topper Here I Go Again. He played on the band’s first five albums.

Bernie is one of rock’s great raconteurs, who wrote autobiography Where’s My Guitar, and he will draw on some of the stories for his tour.

He will tell tall tales about turning down Paul McCartney and encounters with Ringo Starr, Elton John, Cozy Powell, BB King and Jon Lord.

He’ll be playing songs, answering fans’ questions and talking about the way he shaped the golden age of rock’n’roll. There will be next a meet’n’greet with book signing at every show.

Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

Their early material has been compared by critics to the blues rock of Deep Purple, but the band slowly began moving toward a more commercially accessible rock style.

By the start of the 1980s, the band’s commercial fortunes changed and they released a string of UK top 10 albums.

Bernie started his musical play career playing with local Buckingham based groups, forming Skinny Cat at the age of 17. He got his first professional gig with UFO in 1972.

Visit cityvarieties.co.uk to book tickets for the Bernie Marsden gig at the City Varieties.