"The other day, someone asked me, 'What's your favorite Judas Priest song
to play? I bet you really like the fast stuff', and I said, 'Actually, one
of my favorite songs is one that I didn't record. It's the one we always
open the set with... It's 'Metal Gods'.'
It's dead simple on the drums, and it's a fucking killer, heavy tune, and
I love to play it. I love to play 'Painkiller' too, and they're,
obviously, two completely different ways to play the drums. One's just
groove oriented, and the other's more technical, with a lot of double
- Scott Travis, Drums.com, February, 2003
As a new decade was ushered in, it found the members of Judas Priest dressed in suits and ties, defending the metal faith before a US Judge. While fans awaited the outcome, they also questioned, "Would Judas Priest be able to defend the metal faith on an LP, as they once did in times past?"
Indeed, their last two outings brought much pain to the fans: TURBO was an Americanized commercial, radio/MTV-oriented display of glam metal, far removed from the British tradition of steel and leather Priest once pioneered. While RAM IT DOWN attempted to recapture the glory, it failed on the fact that many of its songs were written for the TURBO sessions and that it felt too forced, with lyrics begging the fans to accept the band as a metal juggernaut and the production sounding sterile and over-processed. One area in particular stood out: The drums overwhelmed in electronic triggers, and on the faster material, such as "Hard As Iron", there was a drum machine used to cover the double bass.
The fans suffered the loss of their heroes, and Priest felt the loss in
sales. It was time for relief from the pain - and the opening sounds of the
new release brought assurance and excitement to all: An onslaught of the most
heroic metal drumming poured forth in molten glory from the speakers, as new
drummer Scott Travis led a monster double bass and pounding snare assault.
Indeed, the long-needed Painkiller had been administered!
SCOTT TRAVIS - DRUMS:
Born Scott Travis on September 6, 1961 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Influences (in no particular order): Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Ian Paice and Jeff Martin.
Scott moved to California in 1983 and played in the glam metal band Hawk with with well-known guitarist/instructor Doug Marks until early 1986 when he joined Paul Gilbert's Racer X, who's singer, Jeff Martin had become good friends with Rob Halford for several years.
In fact it was Scott's Racer X connection that helped get him the gig with Priest. See the details on the PAINKILLER Info Page.
Scott has been a full member of Judas Priest ever since, but he did stay close to his Halford connection, joining Rob's band Fight in 1993 while Priest were taking time off, then continuing to Priest in 1995 after Fight disbanded and Priest started to prepare for their vocalist auditions. Scott has recorded and toured with Racer X during breaks.
What is it like when you get a major gig like with Judas Priest, and you find that the band members are not at all like the public thinks they are?
High school band was called Caliber
One of the early cover bands Scott played in was Vandrix - a Van Halen/Jimi Hendrix cover band!
Was a member of the original Hawk, but no recordings exist 1983 - 1986.
Racer X - Second Heat, Extreme Volume - Live,
Extreme Volume II -Live, Technical Difficulties, Superheroes, Snowball Of Doom
1986 - 2002.
Fight - War Of Words, Mutations, A Small Deadly Space 1993 - 1995.
Spacewalk: A Tribute To Ace Frehley - Scott is joined by Tom Gattis (Ballistic), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), John Alderete and Bruce Bouillet (Racer X) on a cover of the Kiss classic "Deuce" 1996.
Spent some time working for Mars Music store before they went bankrupt.
Scott has left the west coast to return to his Virginia roots and while he remains a full member of both Racer X and Judas Priest, he is also keeping quite busy between tours playing in the local Virginia Beach area bands Plastic Eddie and more recently Butter.
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