INFLUENCES

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JOHN HENRY BONHAM

the best rock n roll drummer of all time, is Pauls all time hero !

Pauls "Artist's Choice" article in April "RHYTHM" magazine.

"Imagine the excitement I felt when my all-time drum hero John Henry Bonham came up and spoke to me! I was standing in the doorway of the famous Hyatt House hotel in LA at the time, waiting to be picked up for a soundcheck. I'd heard that Led Zeppelin were staying there and I'd been like a cat on the proverbial hot tin roof hoping to get to meet him. And now here he was standing in front of me, telling me *he* liked *my* playing and that his young son Jason liked playing along to 'Virginia Plain'! I was on the ceiling... Some hours later I was invited up to a suite on the ninth floor. Zep had the whole floor, with an armed guard at each end. The room was looking a bit worse for wear. There was a screen in the corner that was in tatters. "Yeah, Moonie was here last night," Bonzo said. "Listen to this, I wrote this. " He dropped the stylus of a huge hi-fi system onto a copy of Physical Grafitti - full volume, of course. It was 'Kashmir'. There I was, sitting with the god of rock 'n' roll drumming - heaven. Next day I was flown on Zep's jet, the Starship, to San Diego to see the gig. It was all a long way off from the time in the late '60s when a guitarist friend of mine from the band I was in, The Influence, played me the first Zeppelin album, which he'd heard the night before on the radio."You've got to hear this," he said. "The guitarist reckons the only way to listen to it is full blast." So we did - with the radiogram about to explode: 'Communication Breakdown', 'Dazed And Confused', 'How Many More Times'. The power! The drummer! My whole attitude to music, to drumming, was turned around. Next rehearsal we learned 'Communication Breakdown' and 'Dazed And Confused'. "They're playing at Newcastle City Hall!" was the cry. I think it was the first concert I had been to, so I was doubly excited. Liverpool Scene played first, then Blodwyn Pig. 'Hurry up and get Zeppelin on,' I thought - and they did. The size of the drums, the size of the sticks, the size of the sound, that bass drum technique - it sounds like he's using two bass drums. And the drum solo! "He's playing with his hands," I said to Vic. "It's as loud as the sticks!"  I was drawn out of my seat and onto my feet along with the rest of the audience, like there was a magnet on top of the concert hall. I floated back to Jarrow on a cloud that night: John Bonham and Led Zeppelin had blown me away. Although it's probably not that obvious within the context of  the work I did in Roxy Music, JHB had a profound effect on my playing. You can talk technique till the cows come home, but no musician has ever inspired me so much. He taught me to play with power and energy and to make every time I play the drums a performance. On the morning of September 26th 1980, I stepped out of my London flat to buy a newspaper and read that John Bonham had died. That was a very sad day for me. He was a very special musician, so unique in his technique and his approach to playing the drumkit. The best compliment was paid to him by Led Zeppelin: they never tried to replace him. They could never have gone on without him."

DRUMMERS,RINGO STARR, KEITH MOON, MITCH MITCHELL, BILLY COBHAM , JIM KELTNER,TREVOR MORAIS,BOBBY ELLIOT,MICHAEL WALDEN & STEVE GADD ALSO had a great influence on my playing !

CURRENT FAVOURITES

JOHN ROBINSON, OMAR HAKIM, MANU KATCHE, STEWART COPELAND, HAL BLANE, PETE ERSKINE and ANINDO CHATTERGEE (TABLA)

FAVOURITE ARTISTS/ BANDS,-LED ZEPPELIN,JIMI HENDRIX,CREAM,SANTANA,FAMILY,BO DIDDLY,LITTLE FEAT,RY COODER,MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA,FRANK ZAPPA,CAPTAIN BEEFHEART,PINK FLOYD AND-

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The Beatles had a lot to do with making me want to play music!

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