Growing up in the small town of Jamesville just outside of Syracuse, one thing about my family is there’s a bunch of guitarists. So getting exposure to anything and everything was just a way of life back then. As I eventually picked up the instrument myself, my brother would turn me onto new music and make sure that I knew the classic. One day, he cranked up Pat Travers ‘Crash and Burn”. I’ve been hooked and amazed by him ever since.
There are a lot of good guitarists out there, but there are only precious few that are great. Pat Travers is great. The sound is instantly recognizable, the solo and voice are his alone and you know it as soon as you hear him. The man and his band are legends and can still blow you away as you sit back looking up at the stage.
The Oneonta Theater has The Pat Travers Band this Sunday with local act The Bomb opening up the show. I spoke with Mike of THE BOMB Rocks and the band is stoked for the show. We agree on this; Pat Travers shreds like few can. They will open with a set of modern hard rock and some originals. From everyone that I’ve spoken with, THE BOMB is worth getting to the show early, so get there and check them out! Take a few moments and read up on a legend and get the show info below!
“ Allo, music lovers…”
It’s early 1979, and the Pat Travers Band have just been introduced and subsequently recorded for what would become one of the slickest and hottest guitar-rock albums ever committed to vinyl.
“Live! Go for What You Know‟ was a huge success on both sides of the pond, acclaimed by their musical peers, fans, and music critics alike. It was high-energy. It was electric. It was lightning in a bottle. The album, much like the Canadian musician himself, remains an influence for a whole generation of guitar slingers.
The band in question – Pat Travers, guitarist Pat Thrall, drummer Tommy Aldridge and bass player Peter “Mars” Cowling – were unarguably one of the most talented rock quartets ever to perform.
They were also responsible for a pair of bona fide studio classics – their 1978 guitar rock debut “Heat in the Street‟ and 1980‟s more musically diverse and critically acclaimed “Crash and Burn‟.
“Go for What You Know‟ was the musical meat in that sonic sandwich.
Thrall’s fusion was the perfect foil for Travers, who has always put the melodic tone and „feel‟ of his solos before any fret burning. Aldridge was one of the most noted and flamboyant stickmen of the era. Cowling was the inspiration, driving the rhythm through his ever solid, yet extremely flexible, four-string work
Toronto born Patrick Henry Travers had already delivered a tasty trio of releases before the formation of that formidable four-piece, and would go on to deliver classy melodic eighties rock before a blues period in the nineties, but it’s that famous foursome that set standards, kicked your ass, and made such a musical mark.
“My name is Pat Travers, and this is my band…”
It’s early 2009, and the Pat Travers Band has just been recorded live by Rockline Radio. On playback, Rockline’s Bob Coburn turns to bass player Rodney O’Quinn and comments: “I think we caught lightning in a bottle tonight.” To have that happen once in a career is special. To repeat that feat thirty years later may be unique.
The line up responsible for that electrical discharge – Travers, O’Quinn, guitarist Kirk McKim and drummer Sean “The Cannon” Shannon – have been performing together since 2008. Kirk, who has toured with Pat since 2006, is the perfect sparring partner for Travers and a great guitarist in his own right, while Rodney’s four-string work compliments the band in a way not seen or heard since the departure of Mars Cowling. When you add Sean’s ridiculously powerful but controlled drumming that is the engine room of this unit, you have a Pat Travers Band that is being favorably compared to their famous predecessors of thirty years ago. And deservedly so.
But Pat isn’t looking to the past for his musical future, and proof that future was in (eight) safe hands, courtesy of Messrs Travers, McKim, Shannon and O’Quinn, came as the second decade of the Millennium dawned…”Fidelis‟, backed by Alexus Records, was released in 2010, and is quite simply is one of the best Pat Travers releases of any era, by any line-up. The opener, the hot and rockin’ ‘Ask Me Baby’ and the following number, the slower but no less raunchy ‘Edge of Darkness’ set the tone early, with the albums rock edge superbly tempered by the lighter tracks such as the excellent „Stay‟, and ‘When I’m With You’. But, as Rockline and thousands of fans across parts of North America and Europe already know, this band doesn’t just produce the goods in the studio… This Pat Travers Band is also one seriously tight rockin’ unit, and live they always deliver. Pat welcomes longtime stickman, Sandy Gennaro back into the fold. In between dates with the Pat Travers Band, Sandy has been a regular counselor at the World Famous, “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps” The groove between Gennaro and O’Quinn is a force that undeniable. There is an energy that is tangible, an enjoyment that is infectious, and, quite frankly, you owe it to yourself to catch this band whenever and wherever you can.
Just don’t forget to bring a bottle.
From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, now here to kick your ass…
The Pat Travers Band.
Pat Travers Band with The Bomb at the Oneonta Theatre
Sunday, January 29 at 7 p.m.
Pat Travers Band with The Bomb
Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Balcony Ballroom doors: 6 p.m.
Tickets: $25 in advance/ $30 day-of-show
On sale now at www.OneontaTheatre.com and soon from local ticket outlets
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