Paul Hayles biography is a fast moving story deeply embedded in the
music and entertainment business. With some very famous friends,
bands and tours, Paul takes us through what it was like working
with the greats and living to tell the tale. Paul Hayles never
wanted to be in a cult rock band like Hawkwind and yet there he
was, the shy father of two setting out on a journey that would take
him away from his young family and make his wildest dreams come
true. Paul knew Lemmy Kilmister from way back, both had auditioned
for the same band back before Hawkwind came together. Lemmy had
just left Hawkwind to form Motorhead, so the band was in a changing
phase and so was Paul. Playing in bands had been something Paul
chose to do as a hobby to begin with - in addition to his day job
of teaching children with behaviour problems. He played in a local
band, Ark, and thought it was just his weekly night out away from
the restraints of his daily life. But, suddenly, out of the blue,
there he was playing in Sonic Assassins, Hawkwind and then on tour
in the USA with the Kings of Space Rock. He made the most of it in
the world of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. They traversed America,
meeting and hanging out with other bands such as Van Halen and the
Blockheads, and even eating and chatting with one of his heroes,
David Bowie. His life was far from what he had ever imagined. All
things come to and end and Paul moved his family to France, where
they rented a small farm and tried the self-sufficiency life before
returning to teaching. He continued playing in bands, now with the
confidence to compose and sing, and used the Hawkwind connection to
get All Area Access entry to concerts by bands such as Pink Floyd
and U2 and even got to play with the Topper Headon Band (ex-Clash).
So his musical ambitions, although put aside for the sake of his
beloved family, were still there under the surface. In the 90's,
back in the UK, he returned to the world of boarding schools for
extremely difficult youngsters but still played music, even touring
with folk-meets-rave band The Cropdusters. But he was good at his
day job and was soon promoted to Head Teacher having three such
posts before a bout of cancer meant stopping this difficult work.
Meantime he worked on an album with Jalal Nurinda of the Last
Poets, seminal rap band, and brought out an EP with some top
Bristol musicians including Roni Size's drummer, Clive Deamer.
Then, out of the blue again, nearly 30 years on, he received an
invitation to support Hawkwind on their 2006 British tour. Back on
the road, more adventures, more chance meetings, such as Peter Hook
of New Order, and would this be the end or another new beginning?
Pauls band Lastwind release their new album High on Life with
Flicknife Records (SHARPCD19108) on March 29th 2019.
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