Pat Travers w/ TBA
Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:30 PM
$25 adv / $30 dos
7pm / Show:
19+ (minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian)
All tickets are general admission. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat.
Pat Travers was born in Toronto, Canada on April 12, 1954. Soon after picking up
the guitar at age 14 Pat saw the legend Jimi Hendrix perform in Ottawa. This obvious
inspirational concert must have sparked the young Pat to go after the dream of becoming
a star like so many of his early influences. Inspired by such guitarists as Hendrix, Jeff
Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Pat began playing in bands early in his teens. His
first bands were "Red Hot" and "Merge" who played in Quebec area clubs. While the
early years were hard, they would eventually pay off in the form of improved
musicianship, style, and exposure.
While performing with Merge, he was noticed by the 50's rock artist Ronnie
Hawkins who soon had Pat off on the road performing with him. While Hawkins music
was mostly old rock and roll, country and rockabilly, Pat used this experience to hone his
skills and voice as Hawkins lead guitarist. After a year on the road with Hawkins, Pat
traded in the tuxedoes and ties to go after his true dream, to have his own band and
become a star.
At age 20, Pat with the help of some friends he moved to London in hopes of
achieving his dreams. Armed with a Marshall amp, a wah-wha pedal, and a few hours of
studio time Pat recorded a demo that soon earned him a recording contract with Polydor.
Releasing his debut album "Pat Travers" in April 1976 with Mars Cowling on bass, and
Roy Dyke on drums, Pat embarked on a tour of England in support of his debut. Adorned
in a red and white jumpsuit displaying the maple leaf of his native Canada, Pat increased
his following of fans. Trademarks of his early shows included giving away cardboard
replicas of his black Fender Telecaster, playing barefoot, and inviting audience member
to play "air guitar" on stage during the show. It was with this accessibility to the fans that
Pat became an invited performer to the huge Reading Festival in 1976.
Pat released Makin' Magic in 1977 and continued to tour again infront of huge
crowds. It was after the release of his album "Putting It Straight" that Pat returned to the
North America as the trend in the UK was leaning towards the punk rock revolution
instead of the hard blues driven rock that Pat was producing.
Enlisting the talents of Tommy Aldridge and Pat Thrall and of course always
inspirational Mars Cowling the release of "Heat In the Street" further strengthen his
following. The album featured more of Pat's sometimes elaborate songs which further
proved that he wasn't just a mere air headed guitar hero, but that of an accomplished
composer and lyricist. Pat Thrall, a great guitarist as well, quickly rounded out the sound
and provided Pat more freedom to do other things like expand his keyboard playing.
Besides, Pat Thrall's influence from his fusion background provided more fuel for Pat to
write from. But Pat realized the best way to hear the Pat Travers Band was to hear it live.
So, understanding this the band released its first live album "Go For What You Know" in
Considered one of his best albums and a "must have" for any guitar fan, "Go For
What You Know" introduced many more fans to the music of Pat Travers. Some say that
it was with this release that PT garnered his largest increase of fans. Since the album
received large amounts of radio airplay and with successful tours with some of the
biggest bands, Pat soon found himself at the center of attention amongst aspiring
guitarists. The album was one of his best seller and still sells well even many years later.
More and more Pat was being considered a guitar hero, a description he himself
was less comfortable with. Expressing himself more musically and with tonality Pat
prided himself in these areas more than in speed and trickery. While Pat could certainly
keep up with the "fastest" guitarists of the era, his first priority was more in the music
than showing off what he could do on the guitar. With this rising respect, Pat found
himself on the cover of Guitar Player magazine as the feature artist in January 1980.
In 1980 his release of "Crash And Burn" proved to be an expansion of his already
excellent composing skills. The songs were more intricate and used a more diverse
method of song delivery. Keyboards and vocals are the true highlight of this album as Pat
flexed his musicianship muscles. And while not to disappoint his fans, he still plays
awesome guitars on such burners as "Snortin' Whiskey".
Shortly after the there performance in 1980 at the Reading Festival Pat Thrall and
Tommy Aldridge left the band. Not one to sit on his laurels, Pat was back in the studio to
record "Radio Active" in 1981. This album marked a slight return to his roots by using
the classic power trio format that made him a rising star in the UK. Following the album
he embarked on a very successful tour co-headlining with Rainbow.
1982 saw the release of Black Pearl, and in 1984 the release of Hot Shot, and a
video related release "Just Another Killer Day". Several of Pat's videos were even
displayed on MTV.
Mired with problems with management, and with legal problems with Polydor,
Pat soon stepped out of the recording industry but continued to tour and kept his contact
with the thousands and thousands of fans he had from all the previous years. Once stated
as "One forgotten by the industry, but never forgotten by the fans", Pat still retained his
fan base and still thrilled anyone who would come to see him perform.
In 1990 Pat re-entered the recording studio with Mars, Jerry Riggs and Scott
Zymowski and released "School of Hard Knocks", of course a title that could be
considered a self appointed reflection on his career. The release not only strengthened his
fans who were so glad to hear new PT, but also attracted more new fans.
After a successful tour in support of "School of Hard Knocks" in the UK, Pat once
again toured the US and Canada where a concert in the town of his birthplace was
recorded in 1990 and released as "Boom Boom, Live at the Diamond Club". This album
proved once again that PT is one to be reckoned with live, favoring the live environment
instead of the trickery of the studio. It has been said that "live is where you separate the
men from the boys", and this release proves it. A video of the same show was also
released and is well worth getting for any fan.
Since PT fans demanded more, and after thousands of requests on the BBC to
replay Pat's performances from the 1977 and 1980 Reading Festivals the BBC released
"Pat Travers - BBC Live in Concert". As one of the most requested archives in the BBC
library it was released on Windsong in 1992 and is of course another of the "must haves"
for any true fan.
This new found interest in his music prompted former record company nemesis
Polydor to release "The Best of Pat Travers" in 1990, which also was the first release of
his material on CD. In addition, Anthology Volume One and Two, a two CD set was also
release in the UK and features even more of his material in the CD format. Soon other PT
Classics, "Go For What You Know", "Crash and Burn" were also released in the US on
CD. Imports were released in Japan of "Heat in the Street", and "Putting it Straight" was
released in the UK.
Having been without a US based recording label for many years Pat soon signed
with Mike Varney's Blues Bureau International label in the US. The release of "Blues
Tracks" in 1993 further expanded Pat's library of sound. The songs are from the "greats"
of the blues, many of who were influences of Pat's, but Pat' puts his flare and flavor to
these great songs. Following Blues Tracks Pat issued Just a Touch, Blues Magnet,
Halfway To Somewhere, Lookin' Up, Best Of Blues + Live, Blues Tracks 2 and his latest
release "Don't Feed The Alligators" issued in 2000.
Pat's Blues Bureau years are perhaps his most significant in that he has worked
with many musicians and the songs feature more of the classic blues based guitar that
fans crave. Some what of a return to the sounds and style that made us pure Travers fans
in the first place.
While touring and supporting the latest releases Pat has been impressing old fans
as well as new ones all over the US and Europe. Recent tours have featured such well
known guitarists as Jeff Watson of Night Ranger, Rick Derringer, and Tim Keiffer of
Cinderella. Touring musicians during the early Blues Bureau years included Sean
"Cannon" Shannon, bassist Dave La Rue and bassist Kevin Rian. Pat punched out the
tunes before adoring fans, in small clubs and stadiums with the same intensity he always
had. Irregardless of the crowd size, Pat puts out the same effort night after grueling night.
In retrospect, Pat is gaining a resurgence in his career. After overcoming many
problems that would have made most to give it up, Pat still pushes on. Which is much to
the appreciation of the fans who continue to follow. Not only does Pat find himself once
again climbing towards the top, he can also enjoy it with those that are close to him, his
famaily. Pat's wife Monica sings backup on many of Pat's songs both in studio and live.
His children Amanda and Elijah have inspired songs and certainly help to excite and
inspire Pat to keep doing what he does best, and that is of course making some of the best
Much to the pleasure of his fans in 2001 - Pat made available a LIVE recording
of a very rare solo appearance, "Pat Travers Solo". This CD includes the first time ever
that Pat has done an acoustic set. It was recorded live at Nils Lofgren's Guitar Bar in
2001 also saw Pat Travers join the "Voices of Classic Rock" tour, featuring a
wide arrangement of musicians from the major bands of the ‘70's and ‘80's. Among them
are the likes of bassist Glenn Hughes and vocalist Joe Lynn Turner of Deep Purple, John
Cafferty, Spencer Davis, and Gary U.S. Bond, to name but a few. This tour featured each
artist doing two or three of their signature tunes. On this tour, PT is playing "Boom
Boom", "Snorting Whiskey", and "HotShot", as well as doing much of the lead guitar
work on the other songs
In 2004 he started a project with the veteran drummer Carmine Appice and started
touring the U.S.A.; as of now there are 3 albums released. Travers recorded cover tunes
from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Montrose, Queen, and Trapeze under the album name
P.T. Power Trio 2, and they toured Europe in November 2006. Travers has lived in
central Florida for several years, and is now married with two children. Travers is also a
Black Belt in the style of Isshin Ryu Karate, and currently trains with 10 time World
Champion, Mike Reeves Sensei in Apopka, FL
The Pat Travers Band (PTB) currently consists of Pat Travers (guitars, vocals,
keyboards), and Tommy Craig (drums), and David Pastorius (bass/vocals).
The Pat Travers Band put out the album "Fidelis" in late 2009. In July 2013, The
Pat Travers Band put out new album "CAN DO" released by Frontiers Records, a major
label based in Italy for numerous artists in the field of classic rock. The CAN DO album
was supported by PTB tours of the U.S., the U.K., and Europe during the later half of
2013. In January 2015, Frontiers Records released Pat Travers Band Live at the Iridium
NYC, recorded in February 2012, featuring Jon Paris playing blues harp on "If I Had
Possession Over Judgment Day" and "Spoonful".
Travers also sang on Boston metal band Extreme's minor hit "Get the Funk Out,"
from their hugely successful 1990 Pornograffitti album.
Travers has recently become a part of and performed with the All-Star band Scrap Metal.
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