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Pat Travers Band

While most bluesy hard rock acts of the '70s and '80s hailed from the United States (the South, to be exact), there were several exceptions to the rule, such as Canadian singer/guitarist Pat Travers. Born in Toronto on April 12, 1954, Travers first picked up the guitar just prior to entering his teens, after witnessing a local performance by the great Jimi Hendrix. It wasn't long before Travers was studying the other top rock guitarists of the day (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, etc.), and paying his dues by playing in bar bands in Quebec. His first true touring gig came his way when he hooked up with '50s rock & roll vet Ronnie Hawkins (best known for performing with a backing cast that would eventually transform into the Band).

But Travers' main love was hard rock, so after a year, he packed up his belongings and headed to London. Shortly after touchdown in the U.K., Travers recorded a demo that would land him a recording deal with Polydor and result in the release of his debut, Pat Travers, during the spring of 1976. A performance at England's annual Reading Festival the same year only piqued further interest, which resulted in two more releases in 1977, Makin' Magic and Putting It Straight (both of which followed a pre-Iron Maiden Nicko McBrain on drums), before Travers returned to North America and set his sights on the U.S. rock market.

Featuring drummer Tommy Aldridge, guitarist Pat Thrall, and bassist Mars Cowling, the new Travers band lineup premiered on 1979's Heat in the Street. This led to Travers' most commercially successful period, resulting in a pair of Top 30 releases, 1979's Live! Go for What You Know (considered by many Travers fans to be his finest hour) and 1980's Crash and Burn. But soon after the dawn of the '80s, bluesy hard rock seemed to quickly fall out of favor among the U.S. record buying public, in favor of slickly produced arena rock, and later, MTV-approved bands.

As a result, each subsequent Travers release sold less, as his last albums to appear on the U.S. album charts included 1981's Radio Active, 1982's Black Pearl, and 1984's Hot Shot. Unhappy with Polydor, Travers opted to take a break from releasing albums for the remainder of the decade, but continued to tour. Travers' 1990 comeback album, School of Hard Knocks, failed to re-spark interest on the charts, although he continued to issue new studio albums (Blues Tracks, Just a Touch, Blues Magnet, etc.) and archival live sets (King Biscuit Flower Hour, BBC Radio One Live in Concert) throughout the decade.

Travers continues to tour and record regularly (playing alongside the likes of Night Ranger's Jeff Watson, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, and Rick Derringer), and in 2001, performed as part of the Voices of Classic Rock tour. Travers emerged from the recording studio once more in 2003, with P.T. Power Trio, a recording that featured covers of songs by the likes of Cream ("White Room"), Robin Trower ("Day of the Eagle"), and ZZ Top ("Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"), among others. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Pandoras just got one Pat Travers Band album, I have 6
This is , One of my favorite Rock songs. I saw him, in a small club the California any Rocked the Joint. Always sounds great.
Boom boom out goes the light brings me back to album rock in the 70s
krial301
Takes me back! Running in the streets, Speed
Seen them long time ago I was still young Ha ! General admission .. Went down in front of the PA speakers .. My long hair and clothes were blowing and you could feel the Beat in your Chest !!! Great Times !!!
Seen in darmstadt germany great beer and rocknroll
Here to kick your a**....
My previous comment about one of the great Rock albums of all time was referring to Pat Travers Band Live! Go For What You Know.
saw Pat in 1980 Cash and Burn 13 times later Pat you ROCK Go Rodney Sandy and Kim
There is no ESSENTIAL ROCK DESERT ISLAND CD button?!?! Not only the best Pat Travers Band album but one of my top ten 10 Rock albums. Greasy, funky, edgy hard rock that makes you move!
We saw him so many years ago and after the show we saw him and my sister told him: Hey, Pat, we blew a couple of speakers listening to you! He cracked up.
smoked a lot of pot in Austin tx when this come to town .we all his shows .old school s**t.you had to be there.
pendleton242
snortin whiskey - drinking cocaine wow!!
Wore this 8-track OUT!!!
carmenz51
clrocker
spent NEW YEARS EVE 2011 with Pat Travers Band in Tampa Fla......TOR E THE ROOF OF THE PLACE...you never lost it Pat still sound awesome put some more concerts out there !!!
Discovered.P a t s . m u s i c . i n . ' 9 7 . w h i l e . c r u i s i n g . t h e . s t a c k s . a t . L i e s u r e . L a n d i n g , f o r m e r l y . D i s c o u n t . R e c o r d s . o n . C h i m e s . S t . j u s t . o u t s i d e . t h e . g a t e s . o f . L . S . U . . W a s . i m p r e s s e d . w i t h . h i s . l i c k s . . b u t . a s . t h e . b i o . a b o v e . s a y s . i t . w a s . l i k e . h e . d i s a p p e a r e d . T h i n k . t h e . l a s t . I . h e a r d . w a s . t h e . . " s n o r t i n . w h i s k e y a n d . d r i n k i n g . c o c a i n " t u n e . . W h i c h . w a s . m y . h o b b y . a t . t h e . t i m e . . . l o l . h e r e . I . t h o u g h t . I . w a s . t h e . o n l y . o n e . s n o r t i n g . w i l d . t u r k e y . a n d . s o . m u c h . c o k e . d u m p i n g . i t . i n . r i g s , t u m b l e r s , a n d . m y . g u m s . . C h r i s t . I . d o n ' t . m i s s . t h e m . d a y s . a t . a l l .
rlien3
saw him las nite Tupelo's in Londonderry, samll music hall, rocked the joint! Opening act was Tom Blossom Band-another rocking band. See them when you get the chance, u won't be disappointed !
craven02
seen in 79 he was backing up rush,aldridg e was amazing
Pat Travers Rocks !!!
hibbiteejibb i t e e
first saw PT at the hollywood sportatorium "a day for the kids" for a dollar and three cents (along with ac/dc, trex, cdb and a bunch others). me and my friends werer totally blown away by Pat. caught him at gusman hall in miami a few more times and once again in san antonio. always look forward to getting back with my old buds and throwing down some PT tunes along with the now faded dream of playing the guitar.
I love Pat Travis Live. He was in Tonawanda NY last summer. It was Awesome.
Thank You For Some Fantastic Music This Is Some Very GOOD Stuffffffff THANK YOU .
PT rocks to the max. If you've caught a show...prett y much says it all...
PLEASE PLAY PAT Travers on my station!!!

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