Paul got involved in playing in bands whilst studying at Newcastle University. At the time the local music scene was buzzing about a Jazz Band called 'Last Exit' that featured a young blonde guy on bass and lead vocals who wore dungaress and a stripey T-shirt. The singer was of course Sting.
Paul and his fellow musicians used to go up to The Gosforth Hotel in North Newcastle to watch in awe at this guy who seemed destined for great things. The rest is history as they say!
After returning to London Paul set about trying to forge a career in the music business with some moderate success. Support tours with the likes of Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Tourists (who became The Eurythmics) followed, with regular appearances at most of London's rock venues including The Marquee and The Rock Garden.
Bursting onto the post punk scene at the same time was a band with an amazing singer and infectious melodies called The Police. Paul was amazed that their frontman was the same guy that he used to go and see in Newcastle several years earlier. His conviction that Sting was something special was confirmed.
From the first time Paul heard Roxanne he was hooked. But at this stage he never dreamed he would one day be emulating one of his musical heroes.