Pat Travers (Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights live)

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Same here. Loved Jerry Riggs. He's still playing -


I don't friggin' believe it. I missed the last reunion show in Atlanta. How could I miss another chance to see "Take It Off" played live? That tears it. I'm going on an old-school road trip.

Complete with pops and scratches (and just a wee sprinkle of sexism)...

 

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Big Pat Travers fan here. Seen him a dozen times throughout his career. The classic line up from "Heat in the Street" is talked about a lot. My favorite version was the two years before Thrall joined the band.
It was the smokin hot trio of Pat, Mars Cowling and Tommy Aldridge. Seen this trio 4-5 times in the mid 70's. Mars Cowling was such a monster bass player. That band was "IT" for me!
 

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Where do I start with his discography? What are the can't miss tunes? I dabbled in the live album this morning and loved that flange tone (not sure who's tone that actually is though?)
 

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I've been revisiting Pat's music the most of anything I have been listening to the past year. The guitarist he had for a number of years, Kirk McKim, is killer. No one writes tunes like 70s era Pat. In my Top 5 of all musicians. This is a tight band.

 
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Start with Puttin’ It Straight and Makin’ Magic. That was his peak imo.
"Heat in the Streets" ain't bad, either. PT was the first guy I noticed who mixed funk with good, tight, hard rock. I don't know if he cites him as an influence, but Nuno Bettencourt did a lot of the same thing.
 
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Big Pat Travers fan here. Seen him a dozen times throughout his career. The classic line up from "Heat in the Street" is talked about a lot. My favorite version was the two years before Thrall joined the band.
It was the smokin hot trio of Pat, Mars Cowling and Tommy Aldridge. Seen this trio 4-5 times in the mid 70's. Mars Cowling was such a monster bass player. That band was "IT" for me!
Wasn’t that Niko McBrain on drums before Thrall joined . I know it was Niko on the Makin Magic and Putting It Straight albums
 

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Yes, Nico played on those albums but did not go out on the road with the "Putting it Straight" tour.
It was Tommy, Mars and Pat as a Trio up until they went in to record "Heat in the Street". I wish there was some footage of these shows.

As a side note, when I saw the Hughes/Thrall tour the drummer was Tommy Aldridge.
What a nice unexpected surprise that was!
 

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"Heat in the Streets" ain't bad, either. PT was the first guy I noticed who mixed funk with good, tight, hard rock. I don't know if he cites him as an influence, but Nuno Bettencourt did a lot of the same thing.
Pat sings backing vocals on “Get the Funk Out” from Pornograffitti and also gets a shout out in the liner notes.
 
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Oh yeah, not only does Travers kick the BIG "A" but he can be really funky as hell. The whole "Puttin' in Straight" album and "Making Magic" have brilliant moments of funk-rock grooves on them.

It also helps to have such a freaking amazing band as well. What could be more potent than Travers-Thrall-Aldridge-Cowling? They were one of the hottest bands back in the day. I think I saw them a dozen times.

Too bad all of that cocaine kind of spoiled things after a while. It was Miami in the Eighties.....
 
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I saw Pat in '79 open for Rush at the formerly named 'Pine Knob' (now DTE Energy Music Theatre) outside of Detroit. I was coming up the back of the hill to enter the show as his band kicked into Out Go The Lights and remember thinking 'Who the hell is this guy? He smokes!". It was my first Rush concert - they were wrapping Hemisphere's tour and auditioning tunes off of Permanent Waves. It was definitely one of top rock shows I've seen.
I got to see this tour, it was monumental for me. It was at the old "Distort-a-torium" in Hollywood Florida. Good times!
 

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Saw Pat Travers a few times in the early 80's

The band was awesome! I had to get a DiMarzio X2n in my guitar because of Thrall. I couldn't afford the ADA flange pedal, but borrowed my older brother's whenever he wasn't using it....
I was all over that ADA Flanger back then.

In a fit of nostalgia, I added a new PBF ADA Flanger to my pedalboard. That thing is still mega-cool!
 
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