Scott Travis on Priest


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"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 bass."
Scott Travis,, February, 2003

Born Scott Travis on September 6, 1961 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Joined Judas Priest in 19

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.


                                                                             That's glam look Scott                               With Racer X in the '80s
                                                                                    (bottom right)

In fact it was Scott's Racer X connection that helped get him the gig with Priest.

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.


Scott Travis On Priest:

"...The intro to 'Painkiller' is a pretty memorable point in my career. 'Scarified', a Racer X tune that we did on Second Heat is a pretty cool little figure too. I think those songs are cool because the drum intros really fit the song. It's not really about doing a flurry of drum stuff and then launching into a song that's completely out of context. Both those intros fit the plots of the songs. When we did 'Scarified', people that went to PIT (Percussion Institute of Technology) got hit with it from Paul Gilbert, who taught at GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology). Drummers who went there used to say, 'Yeah, the first thing you do is practice 'Scarified' ', or they'd audition drummers on 'Scarified', or stuff like that. So, it became like a little cult thing that I used to hear about, and I don't know how widespread it was across the world, but definitely that song and 'Painkiller' are particularly memorable.

"Obviously, Priest's fanbase isn't as large as it was 20 years ago. I think it's that way for most heavy metal bands that were around in the '80s. I mean, as a tribute to Priest, it's an amazing feat for them to even be around. I say that as if I wasn't in the band. They had a long career before I joined them, and I was lucky enough to join them in '90, and for the band to be around for 30 years since their earliest recording and still have some relevance is amazing.

"...I'm not gonna lie, I love playing the bigger places. I always think it's funny when bands say, 'Oh, we like playing the smaller, intimate gigs.' That's bullshit. Everyone wants to be as big as they can be. I love playing in Priest because it's the big stage, the big lights, and the big sound. If Racer X were ever to get that big, that would be absolutely wonderful. But until then, I want to play the bigger places. I want to be a rock star."
Scott Travis,, February, 2003



     "Now that my career as a supermodel is over, I had to go back to drumming."
Scott Travis, Paiste Cymbals Artist Profile

Paiste cymbals


Other Recordings And Appearances:

High school band was called Caliber

"While attending Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia, I was fortunate enough to have a class with Scott Travis, who is now the drummer for Judas Priest. His band "Caliber" would play after school in the auditorium and later he would play clubs around
town in various local cover bands. I was lucky enough to know him and he was and still is one of my biggest influences."
- Wally Parris (Drummer for Ordained)

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.
Played on both the studio and the live version of the Judas Priest written-but-never-released song "Heart Of A Lion" 1987, 1992.

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.

Scott, dripping with Butter, 2003