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PAT TRAVERS BAND/Dave Jackson Band
Boom Boom Club, 27 September 2012
Playing his first south London show for 5 years, Pat Travers doesn't
look a day older than the last time round. With plenty of energy, drive
and a powerhouse band to match his undiminished guitar chops, PTB rocked
the house as if time had stood still in the mid 70's.
His audience also looked the part too, giving him a great welcome as the
band built up a head of steam and inevitably climaxed with the call and
response section of 'Boom Boom Out Got The Lights', a song given extra
resonance because of the venue.
The key to Pat's durability seems to be his ability to survive changing
musical fashions and to lock in with his rock solid loyal fan base that
was out in force tonight. He dipped into his back catalogue for such
hard rock favourites as 'Crash & Burn' and the raucous 'Snortin' Whisky
& Drinking Cocaine', but he was equally at home when rocking the blues.
album is titled 'Blues On Fire' and it's an unlikely homage to 1920's
Blues. In Pat's capable hands, the old material is dusted down, injected
with a shot of venom, a coarse vocal growl and crunching riffs, as
drummer Sandy Gennaro provides the pristine time keeping and relentless
As if to emphasise the fact that his take on the blues is far removed
from any 'woke up this morning' clichés, he humorously shared the fact
that, portentously, at least five of his blues sources went by the
prefix 'Blind', as in Blind Willy McTell, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind
Boy Fuller, Blind Willie Johnson and Blind Arthur Blake etc.
blues section, Pat brought fresh life into the stop-time Ray Charles
classic 'Ive Got News For You' and he pleased the front row of guitar
heads with a slide led 'Red House.'
explored some lightning twin lead guitar work with Kirk McKim on the
tight as a drum 'Black Betty' - with more good time audience
participation – and added some heavy boogie on 'Black Dog Blues'.
Pat's show relies heavily on dynamics and impact and he fits the bill
admirably, right down to the slipstream created by the fan at the front
of the stage. Given the high energy nature of the show you could just
about forgive them the fact it was a short set. And by the time he took
his final bow, Pat had given his all and looked like he'd gone the
obligatory 15 rounds.
surprises then, but if you yearn for a full blown rock show that kicks
your ass with passion, sweat, commitment and sterling guitar work, Pat
Travers is still your man.
were treated to some high octane jammed out boogie by the excellent Dave
Jackson band. Dave's brand of hypnotic boogie is crossover between the
jammed out sensibilities of The Dead and the drone of early Hawkwind. As
the title of his self penned anthem suggests, he's a 'Born Again
Bluesman' but with a psychedelic undertow.
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