Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Live albums were kind of a trend back in the days of my youth; kind of like greatest hits or “best of” compilation albums, they were ways for record companies to generate some easy money and for the artists to show off what their shows sounded like in an attempt to keep drawing the fans to the venues. Of course the bands in the ’70’s practically lived on the road, so the live album was convenient and practical, too. Pat Travers was definitely a road dog, and the band he assembled under his name were fierce and hungry to rock. Pat shared the guitar spotlight with another Pat, Mr. Pat Thrall, a certified badass of the six strings. On bass, he had Mars Cowling, and the drummer was Tommy Aldridge, formerly of Black Oak Arkansas and soon to be touring the world with Ozzy Osbourne and then Whitesnake. These guys hit it big with an old blues song called Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) and the rest was history. I saw them on this tour and they were phenomenal. Travers and Thrall were a relentless pair of guitar slingers, and the whole band just jelled together in a big way. I have been lucky to play in bands that have opened for Travers twice and he always puts on a killer show. In addition to the big hit, I always love the ballad Stevie, and the hard hitting rockers It Makes No Difference, Heat In The Street, and Hooked On Music. The album was produced by Travers and Tom Allom, who also worked with Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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