Todd: Other than Van Halen, musically, what are you influences?
Paul: ?Just about every Rock band and every guitar player from 1964 to 1984. To me, that?s the golden period of Rock. From the first Beatles album hitting America to the last Van Halen album with David Lee Roth. That?s where all my favorite Rock exists. More specifically, for guitar players, it would be Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Robin Trower, Pat Travers, Alex Lifeson, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, the guys from Def Leppard, the guys from Aerosmith?Nancy Wilson, Johnny Winter?the list just goes on and on and on.?
Todd: At first I was going to ask you why your list stopped at 1984, but I guess I already know the answer to that one?
Paul: ?Sammy Hagar was good, too, but there was a certain intensity in the early stuff that was just unmatchable. Also, Bon Jovi came out then?and to me, that was the end of Metal? ?And I love Pop, but to me, Pop should be more like Beatles-influenced. To me, you had to have a least a couple of ugly guys in the band. That?s why Saxon was great. I remember seeing Saxon and I had no idea who they were. They were opening up for Triumph and they just sounded great. ?They sounded great, they were really ugly and I didn?t care. Maybe I was jus jealous because all the girls were into Bon Jovi. ?Plus, I could never get my hair that cool. It took me years to get my hair right?after years of perms, conditioning?Nirvana came out and it wasn?t cool to have big hair anymore. It was just a horrible injustice.?
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