Pat Travers was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Soon after picking up the guitar at age 12,  he saw Jimi Hendrix perform in Ottawa. Travers began playing in bands early in his teens; his  first bands were the Music Machine (not to be confused with the Californian  psychedelic/garage band of the same name), Red Hot, and Merge, which played in clubs in the  Quebec area. 

While performing with Merge, he was noticed by rock artist Ronnie Hawkins, who invited  Travers to perform with him. In his early twenties Travers moved to London and signed a  recording contract with the Polydor label.[2] His self-titled debut album was released in 1976,  and featured bassist Peter “Mars” Cowling, who would become a mainstay in Travers’ band for  several years.[2] An appearance on the German TV show Rockpalast in November 1976 was  later released on DVD under the title Hooked on Music. This performance showcases an early  version of Travers’ band featuring Cowling and drummer  

During 1977, Travers added a second guitarist to his band, changed drummers twice including  using Clive Edwards, and by the time Heat in the Street was released in 1978 had put together  the Pat Travers Band.[2] This grouping featured Travers on vocals and guitar, Pat Thrall on  guitar, Cowling on bass, and Tommy Aldridge on drums and percussion.[2] The band toured  heavily, also supporting Rush on their Drive til You Die tour in support of A Farewell to Kings. 

The guitar Travers most often appeared with on stage and on album covers in the band’s early  years was a 1964/65 model double cutaway, double [humbucker] pickup Gibson Melody Maker.  The band’s next release was a live album entitled Live! Go for What You Know, which charted in  the Top 40 in the United States and included the tune “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)”  (originally recorded by Little Walter, credited to Stan Lewis), which climbed even higher on the charts, entering the Top 20. “Snortin’ Whiskey” was a major American radio hit from 1980’s  Crash and Burn. 

After an appearance before 35,000 people at the Reading Music Festival in England, both Thrall  and Aldridge announced they were leaving the band to pursue other projects.[2] Travers and  Cowling teamed up with drummer Sandy Gennaro and released Radio Active[2] that same year.  A co-headlining tour with Rainbow followed, and the two bands performed in major arenas  across North America. Although the tour was Travers’ most successful road outing, the Radio  Active album barely made it into the Top 40, reaching only number 37. 

It was much different than Travers’ previous work, with more emphasis on keyboards than  heavy guitars. Disappointed with the lack of sales, Polydor dropped Travers from their roster, and he in turn sued the record company on grounds that he was under contract with them to  record more material. He won the lawsuit, and was able to release Black Pearl in 1982. 

This release also featured more mainstream music rather than the hard-driving rock Travers  had recorded earlier, and included the hit single “I La La La Love You”, featured prominently on  mainstream Top 40 and album oriented rock stations, and in the 1983 movie Valley Girl. Hot  Shot was Travers’ last major label release of original music, and was a return to a harder-edge  style of rock than his previous two albums had been. One of Travers’ best-recorded projects, it  went basically unnoticed and is best remembered for the single “Killer”. It was during this time  that Travers also released Just Another Killer Day, a 30-minute home video featuring music  from Hot Shot that was a sci-fi type short story about sexy alien women searching for  information on music here on earth. In 1984, Travers was again supporting Rush. Alex Lifeson is  one of Travers’ many admirers. 

After Hot Shot’s release in 1984, Polydor made plans to issue a greatest hits package, and then ended their relationship with Travers. 

By 1990, he had gained a deal with a small European label and released School of Hard Knocks.  The project was completely ignored by radio. A full-length concert video Boom Boom – Live at  the Diamond Club 1990 was shot in Toronto to be released in audio version as CD Boom Boom  

next year, but Travers was still not able to return to the success he had ten years earlier,  working only on indie labels, as with Lemon Recordings. 

Shortly after, Travers signed a deal with American-based Blues Bureau International Records, a  company formed by noted producer Mike Varney. Travers’ first recording for the label was  Blues Tracks released in 1992. It earned positive reviews from critics. Several more releases on  the BBI label followed during the 1990s. In 1993, Travers parted company with both Jerry Riggs  and Peter “Mars” Cowling, and Riggs was briefly replaced by former Foghat guitarist Erik  Cartwright. The relationship was brief, and Travers has worked with a variety of musicians since  that time.

Travers has not been able to regain the level of commercial success he once had, despite a large  and loyal fan base who call themselves “Hammer Heads”. He tours regularly in the U.S. and has  made several trips to Europe in the last decade as well. In 2001 he was part of the “Voices of  Classic Rock” tour, and had a minor hit with Leslie West from the band Mountain called “Rock  Forever”. In 2004 he started a project with the veteran drummer Carmine Appice and started  touring the U.S.; as of now there are 3 albums released. Travers recorded cover tunes from  bands such as Led Zeppelin, Montrose, Queen, and Trapeze under the album name P.T. Power  Trio 2, and they toured Europe in November 2006.  

Travers has lived in central Florida for several years, and is now married with two children.  Travers is also a Black Belt in the style of Isshin Ryu Karate, and currently trains with 10 time  World Champion, Mike Reeves Sensei in Apopka, Florida 

From 2008-2016, was one of the longest/most consistent line ups for Pat Travers Band. Joining  Pat was Kirk McKim (2006-2015)(Guitar/Vocals), Sean Shannon (2008-2010)(Drums), followed  by Sandy Gennaro (2010-2016), and Rodney O’Quinn (2007-2016)(Bass/Vocals) Viewed as the  

“Must See Line up” for all die hard PTB fans, they never disappointed! From the smoking  appearance on Bob Coburn’s Rockline Radio show, to the Moondance Jam show that aired on  Direct TV’s “Audience” channel. The Pat Travers Band put out the album “Fidelis” in late 2009.  In July 2013, The Pat Travers Band put out new album “CAN DO” released by Frontiers Records,  a major label based in Italy for numerous artists in the field of classic rock. The CAN DO album  was supported by PTB tours of the U.S., the U.K., and Europe during the later half of 2013. In  January 2015, Frontiers Records released Pat Travers Band Live at the Iridium NYC, recorded in  February 2012, which showed how deadly this line up was. Also featured Jon Paris playing blues  harp on “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day” and “Spoonful”. 

The Pat Travers Band (PTB) currently consists of Pat Travers (guitars, vocals, keyboards), Alex  Petrosky (drums), and David Pastorius (bass/vocals). 

Travers sang on Boston metal band Extreme’s “Get the Funk Out” on their 1990 album  Pornograffitti. 

Paul Gilbert has referred to Travers as a “guitar god”[6], and Kirk Hammett of Metallica has  cited him as one of his favorite guitar players. Vito Bratta White Lion has stated Pat Travers is  an influence to his soloing.