Pat Travers Newcastle City Hall 30th March 1980

Pat Travers Newcastle City Hall 30th March 1980
pattraverstixCanadian guitarist Pat Travers was one of the hardest working guys in the music business during the late 70s and early 80s. He took the power trio concept of Cream and Hendrix and developed it further, playing in his own unique style which mixed technical flash with hard rock, blues and jazz. And this guy just gigged and gigged. He seemed to pop up everywhere at the time, always full of energy, and guaranteed to grab an audience by the scruff of the neck. I remember seeing him at Reading Festival in 1976 and 1980, supporting Journey at the Mayfair, at Redcar Coatham Bowl, and I’m sure I saw him support one or two people at the City Hall too. By 1980, Pat Travers was touring in support of his seventh album “Crash and Burn” and the three piece format had been expanded by the addition of a second guitarist. Support for this gig at Newcastle City Hall was Diamond Head. The concert was poorly attended, which was a shame, because Pat and his band delivered a blistering and loud set, which showed what a great guitarist and showman he was. Pat Travers live was fast, loud and rocking. Very under-rated, he often seemed on the brink of massive success, but it never quite materialised. He was, of course, gigging away at the time of punk, which won’t have helped, and his brand of bluesy jazzy rock’n’roll didn’t quite jell with NWOBHM fans. He continues to play to this day and has been over to the UK in the last year or so. Writing this reminds me how great his music is. Another guy I really should catch up with again.
Just watched him playing “Snortin’ Whiskey” from “Crash and Burn” on Youtube. Awesome. Reminded just how electric rock can be. Have a look if you get the chance.
Setlist from Reading August 1980: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suzie; Your Love Can’t Be Right; Life in London; Born Under a Bad Sign; Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights); Snortin’ Whiskey; Hooked On Music; Hammerhead; It Makes No Difference
“Snortin’ whiskey, drinkin’ cocaine
Got this feelin’ I’m gonna drive that girl insane
(Snortin’ Whiskey, Pat Travers, 1980)

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on October 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I saw Pat Travers at Newcastle City Hall as support to The Sensational Alex Harvey Band on 7th May 1976. This must be one of the City Hall shows you refer to ?

    I also saw him on his most recent UK tour when he played at Newcastle Cluny on 7th October 2013. And although he played many of his more popular songs I felt it was a half hearted performance and I left disappointed.


    • Posted by vintagerock on October 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Mitch Thanks Yes I think it may have been Alex Harvey who I saw him supporting. I saw that he was playing the Cluny not so long ago and nearly went. Sorry to hear that you didn’t think it so good. I’d still like to see him again, and will try to go along if he comes back this way again Cheers Peter


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