Pat Travers can kick ass in more ways than one. First, the Canadian guitarist is a black belt in Isshin Ryu Karate. And though he won't demonstrate martial arts moves on stage, Travers' hard-hitting music is still a kick in the face. Travers' work is heavy in sound and thick with texture. Influenced by the British blues-rock movement of the late 1960s and inspired directly by Jimi Hendrix, Travers' guitar-centric songs fit perfectly in the mid-1970s era of musical over-indulgence. "Boom, Boom (Out Go the Lights)" is his signature song and show closer, while "Snortin' Whiskey" muscled onto the Top 40 charts. Metallica's Kirk Hammett even referred to Travers as one of his favorite guitarists during a 2001 interview. Travers' commercial success, however, was short-lived, and by the late 1980s, he was just hanging on, bottoming out with "I La La La Love You," a soft-rock... More >>>