The Secrets Behind Pat Travers' Guitar Tone on "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)"

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There were a lot of great guitar bands in the late Seventies, but one of the greatest to see in concert was the Pat Travers Band. The ultimate lineup — consisting of Pat Travers and Pat Thrall on dueling lead guitars and the rhythm section of Peter “Mars” Cowling on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums (before he left to join Ozzy Osbourne’s band) — was a powerhouse dynamo, but unfortunately was rather short-lived, lasting only from 1978 through early 1981. This lineup recorded two excellent studio albums together — Heat in the Street and Crash and Burn — but is particularly remembered for their stellar concert album, Live! Go for What You Know.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.