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PAT TRAVERS & BAND

Image Copyright: © Thomas Willemsen/Stiftung Zollverein

Artist: Pat Travers http://www.pattravers.com/
Toronto, Canada, 12th April 1954. 12 years after this day the guitar became his tool, this has kept his hold over him till today. Jimi Hendrix gave a performance in Ottawa and inspired with his concert young Pat Travers to also become a star. Motivated by the many influences by guitarists Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Pat started to play in bands early on. "Red Hot" and "Merge" these early bands gave performances in clubs around Quebec.
The 50ties rock artist Ronnie Hawkins noticed Pat through the band “Merge” and made him a member of his band that mostly played old rock and roll, country and rockabilly. Pat used that time to test his grips, editing and voice as solo guitarists of this band. But after a year of touring Pat to realise his dream of his own band and to become famous himself.
At the age of twenty he moved to London with the help of a few friends and armed only with Marshall, wah-wah Pedal and a few hours of studio recordings of 'Pat-Songs' to work further at his dream. He got lucky at Polydor, who after looking through his material offered him his first record contract. "Pat Travers" went public in April 1976 with Mars Cowling at bass and Roy Dyke at the drums.
Coolly dressed, barefoot, giving away small presents, asking people onto the stage for guitar air-play, he worked the audience who loved it. This unusual show gave Pat an invitation to the Reading Festival 1976.
Pat released - Makin' Magic- 1977 and played futthermore in front of large audiences. After the album "Putting It Straight" Pat moved back to North America as the trends in GB changed towards Punk-Rock.
Pat observed with open ears the talents Tommy Aldridge and Pat Thrall and of course the inspiration of Mars Cowling at the performance of "Heat In the Street“.
Pat Thrall, an outstanding guitarist himself rounded the sound off and gives Pat the freedom to use his abilities at the piano. After some of Thrall's fusion influences and newly arranged songs by Travers, the conviction wins that the band reaches its audience only by playing live. One of the best and a must for every guitar fan is the live-album "Go For What You Know", created in 1997. The record was played by many broadcasters and created a lot of new fans. played. This album is to this day the most sold of all his works.
In 1980 "Crash and Burn" was released and is seen as extension to his previous works and musicality.
Shortly after the performance at the Reading Festival 1980 Pat Thrall and Tommy Aldridge left the band.
Pat returned to the studio without much ado and created "Radio Active", released in 1981. This album pushed him back to his roots. In Power Trio in Great Britain he was again celebrated as a new star and toured with Rainbow in a double show.

Image Copyright: © Thomas Willemsen/Stiftung Zollverein

Image Copyright: © Thomas Willemsen/Stiftung Zollverein

Image Copyright: © Thomas Willemsen/Stiftung Zollverein

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