Have you ever wondered what possesses someone to bang away at a set of drums? Meet Paul Jones and walk away feeling goose bumps, a tingling sensation in your head, and the pulse of the ground as it rocks and rolls, all under very skilled hands.
Motivated by the magic of motion, Paul Jones, known as `Jonesy’, has been playing around our community for almost three decades. Influenced by his Uncle, Jones Jr. who taught him to play drums to Foreigner to impress his high school sweetheart, Jonesy gives him many thanks. “It has been a life sentence ever since”. He too thanks his wife Samantha, children and his parents, for enduring his life sentence of “persistence”.
His admiration for the `iconic’ drummers, Neil Peart (Rush), Peter Criss (Kiss) and Buddy Rich: a Jazz drummer, who was billed as the world’s greatest drummer, provides his inspiration. A well rounded musician, he began his music career in 1984 singing in the choir and also dabbles with the guitar, bass, harmonica and keyboard, and of course, the drums. Routinely singing backup vocals when playing drums and known to take the lead, which you don’t see drummers do often, Jonsey admits that he loves being an entertainer and “when people dance, it all makes sense”.
His social defense mechanism has always been his sense of humour, “trying to make people laugh”, even at his own expense. Now into his 28th year of performing, he currently plays classic rock covers for the band, “Hardcover”: The 104.1 Dock House Band. Jonsey’s favourite gig is “when you don’t know anyone in the band”; he regularly sits in with other bands when their drummer can’t make it.
Jonesy is delighted to have several people requesting his accompaniment in bands and as a sideman over the years. His advice to performers is to “own their gigs”. This approach keeps him smiling and confident during a show.
Check out Jonesy & Hardcover (www.hardcoverrocks. com) at Molly Blooms in Collingwood on March 4th. They’re “built on driving guitars and solid rhythm,” and will remind you why you love to rock!
Written by Melanie Vollick, Freelance Writer