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Pat Travers Band

Pat Travers Band

Postby Chris » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:22 pm

Pat Travers – Thursday at 3pm

Pat Travers – Guitar, vocals
Kirk McKim – Lead Guitar
Rodney O’Quinn – Bass
Sandy Gennaro – Drums

Toronto-born Pat Travers first played the guitar at age 12 after seeing Jimi Hendri in concert. He found inspiration through Hendrix and some of the other big guitarists of the 70’s, including Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Ronnie Hawkins invited Travers on tour with him after seeing him perform with a band called Merge. He moved to London and signed with Polydor and began work on his debut album. His self-titled debut was released in 1976 with Peter “Mars” Cowling on bass . The album contained several original songs along with a few covers, most notably Stan Lewis’s “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights),” which is still one of his signature songs. Nicko McBrain (future member of Iron Maiden) joined Travers on drums and he released two albums in 1977, Makin’ Magic and Putting it Straight, which reached #70 on the charts. He then added Pat Thrall on guitar and Tommy Aldridge on drums to form the Pat Travers Band. This lineup released Heat in the Street in 1978, which just cracked the top 100 at #99. His big break would come on 1979’s Live! Go for What You Know, which became the bands first platinum album. The band kept the momentum going in 1980 with Crash and Burn, which reached #20 on the charts, spurred by the hit “Snortin’ Whiskey.” It went gold initially and years later went platinum. Unfortunately, Thrall and Aldridge would move on after the success of Crash and Burn and 1981’s Radio Active was poorly received. He was dropped from Polydor but sued the label, who relented and let him release Black Pearl in 1982. His last major label album of new material was 1984’s Hot Shots. In 1990, Travers signed with a small European label and released School of Hard Knocks. He signed with BBI Records in 1992 and has released several albums, both studio and live, with the label since then. Cowling parted ways with Travers in 1993. Travers has worked with a variety of musicians, including drummer Carmine Appice, and the band Power Trio with drummer Aynsley Dunbar. He released new albums in 2009 and 2013 and a live album earlier this year. He will be making his 2nd Moondance Jam appearance, after playing Jam 19 in 2010, where he kicked off Jam Friday at 3pm with a scorching set of guitar-driven rock. He will do the same this year as the first major act of the jam at 3pm on Thursday.

Billboard Hits
1979 Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights) #56 on the Billboard Hot 100
1980 Is This Love #50 on the Billboard Hot 100
1981 New Age Music #33 on the Mainstream Rock chart

Billboard 200 Album Chart
1978 Heat in the Street #99
1978 Putting it Straight #70
1979 Live! Go For What You Know #29
1980 Crash and Burn #20
1981 Radio Active #37
1982 Black Pearl #74
1984 Hot Shot #108

Did You Know?
Guitar Player magazine lists Live! Go For What You Know in their top 40 live albums of all-time.
Travers made the cover of Guitar Player magazine in January 1980.
Former member Tommy Aldridge played at Moondance Jam with Whitesnake in 2005.
He also was scheduled to play with Thin Lizzy in 2009 at the jam before the band disbanded and scrapped their tour. He is not part of Black Star Riders.
“Snortin’ Whiskey” was featured in the 2004 movie Sideways.
Travers played on Extreme’s song “Get the Funk Out.”
Former member Pat Thrall has worked with Asia, Meat Loaf, and Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes.
Former drummer Nicko McBrain went on to join Iron Maiden.
Travers has toured with Tom Keifer of Cinderella.
In 2001, Travers toured with the Voices of Classic Rock tour with Joe Lynn Turner and John Cafferty, among others.
Travers played the 1980 Reading Festival.
Travers is one of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett’s favorite guitarists.
The Pat Travers Band opened for Rush on their A Farewell to Kings tour.
“I La La La Love You” was in the 1983 movie Valley Girl.

April 19, 2015 in Vienna, VA
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suzie
Life in London
Crash and Burn
I’ve Got News for You (Ray Charles)
Black Betty (Lead Belly)
Diamond Girl
Heat in the Street
Statesboro Blues
Red House
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
Snortin’ Whiskey
Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)
Getting’ Betta

My Take (from 2010)
I knew who Pat Travers was before he signed to play Moondance Jam but I didn’t really know his music outside “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)” and “Snortin’ Whiskey,” which I had heard sparingling on the radio. I purchased a greatest hits online that is really his main hits with a lot of covers, including the ZZ Top pair “Waitin’ on the Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (back to back as it should be!), as well as covers of Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes. He even has a cover of “Black Betty.” For the most part he recreates these songs note for note with his signature guitar sound. While I enjoy these songs, I am missing out on more of his own catalog of songs I will soon fix that by purchasing Live! Go For What You Know. Probably the song I’m most looking forwad to hearing is “Crash and Burn.” He has enough of his own songs and does enough coves that he would be a great candidate to close the saloon. I doubt that will happen but it would be fun to watch him perform on such a small stage. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I am ecstatic that Moondance has decided to sign national acts for the 3pm slot, especially since the festival in now 3 official days. He has the name recognition to play a later slow and we are lucky to have him at 3pm.

My Take (Now)
I remember Travers’ set from 2010 was a great guitar-driven set of songs and I remember “Crash and Burn” being as good as I had hoped. I remember being in awe of some of his guitar solos. I know he will deliver the same thing this year. If you don't know his catalog, I would start with his live album Live! Go For What You Know, which fits right in with so many great live albums from the 1970's. His current setlist looks like a lot of fun as well, with a lot of covers thrown in, some obscure while others are very well-known. What they have in common though is that they all feature his great guitar-work that is underappreciated today. His songs rarely get played around here or on radio or even on Sirius radio, which is a shame. I respect that he keeps playing year after year and bringing his music to the stage. I think most jammers are looking at Jam Thursday as a day of great newer bands, and I believe it will be something jammers will be talking about for years. But I think Travers will kick off the day with a set that will set the bar high for the bands that follow him. I will definitely be there for the official kick-off to the jam.

Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights) –
Snortin’ Whiskey –
Crash and Burn –
Black Betty -
Life in London -
Rock 'n' Roll Susie -
Gettin' Betta -
Diamond Girl -
Red House -
Heat in the Street -
The music brought me to Moondance Jam. The people bring me back.
View my profiles of this years' bands at: viewforum.php?f=38
View profiles of past bands at: viewforum.php?f=7
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