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Paul, 2007, with his Brian May signature guitar
|Birth name||Paul Matthew Crook|
February 12, 1966 |
Plainfield, New Jersey, USA
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock|
|Occupations||Musician, producer, recording engineer, composer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals|
|Associated acts||Meat Loaf, Sebastian Bach, Anthrax|
Paul Crook (born February 12, 1966 in Plainfield, New Jersey) is an American guitarist currently recording and performing with Meat Loaf. He has also recorded and toured with Anthrax, Sebastian Bach and Marya Roxx.
Growing up in Green Brook Township, New Jersey, he started playing guitar at the age of 10 when his father, Dennis, bought him a cheap acoustic as a Christmas gift. Crook took to the guitar quickly and found himself practicing hours-on-end. His father, after seeing this for a few years, then bought him his first "real" guitar: a black Gibson Les Paul Custom.
The 10th grade was when Paul found himself in "Triton", his first club band based in South Plainfield, New Jersey. A heavy metal cover band, members included Paul Crook (lead guitar), Mark Crook (bass guitar), Gary Columbus (drums), Andreas Weber (rhythm guitar) and Jack Scharniko (vocals). They rehearsed in Gary's basement, where most of Paul's gear remains. Currently Andreas's two sons are in a melodic death metal band of the same name.
A few years later Paul teamed up with Jack Secret (aka Tony Geranios), the keyboard tech for Rush. They wrote and recorded several songs together. Jack introduced Paul to the members of Blue Öyster Cult, who took Paul out on the road in 1986 as a keyboard/guitar tech.
While in Germany with BOC, Paul met Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake fame). Bernie took Paul under his wing. The two began to work together, writing and recording in the UK, where Paul lived at Bernie's house. In the end, nothing was ever released but Paul learned a hell of a lot about REAL guitar playing.
In 1989 Paul met the guys in Anthrax through Rick Downey. Crook became guitar tech for Dan Spitz, and, in 1995, replaced Spitz (although not an official member). Crook toured with ANTHRAX for the rest of the decade and performed on two records: Stomp 442 and Volume 8: The Threat Is Real which he also co-produced and engineered.
In 2000 Paul teamed up with Scott Metaxas from Prophet and Nuclear Assault fame. The two of them started producing local talent out of Scott's home studio in the Neshanic section of Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. Billy Milano's M.O.D. record The Rebel You Love to Hate was recorded at this location.
In 2003 Kasim Sulton asked Paul to join Meat Loaf's Neverland Express. Crook appeared in the music video "Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself" and then hit the road for a long world tour including television appearances.
A live DVD was filmed at the end of the tour (in Australia): "Bat out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra".
In 2004 Paul auditioned for the smash hit musical We Will Rock You, featuring the music of Queen. He had to audition for Brian May, one of his main influences. May trained Paul personally for the position. Paul relocated to Las Vegas to perform his favorite Queen songs. After a 16 month run the show moved to Toronto, Canada. To this day Paul remains in Las Vegas and still calls it his home.
While touring Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose a camera crew was called in to record every move the band made. This footage later became known as the documentary film: "Meat Loaf In Search Of Paradise".
In 2007 (while on a ML tour break) Crook received a text message from famed producer Kevin Shirley, who asked Paul to play on a heavy metal record for Marya Roxx. Kevin assembled a solid band: Paul (guitars), Scott Metaxas (bass), Derek Sherinian (keys) and Brian Tichy (drums). They re-wrote and recorded 12 songs in 10 days at The Document Room in Malibu, CA.
2008 brought Paul out on the road for Meat Loaf's CASA DE CARNE tour.
2009 was a very busy year. After a tour of Europe with Marya Roxx, Paul jumped back in the studio with Meat Loaf. This time Rob Cavallo was called in to produce. They began recording on June 1 in Calabasas, CA. Many stellar musicians were brought in to create the massive sound. Sharing guitar duties alongside Paul were Brian May, Steve Vai, Justin Hawkins, Randy Flowers and Tim Pierce.
While recording the Meat Loaf's Hang Cool, Teddy Bear album Paul was asked by Rob Cavallo to record on a song with Adam Lambert from American Idol fame. The song was "Time for Miracles". It was released and went to #9 on iTunes. "Time for Miracles" was a part of the motion picture soundtrack "2012".
Paul spent most of 2011/ 2012 on the road with Meat Loaf.
In early 2013 Meat Loaf and Paul began song editing and video creation for the Last At Bat Tour. All of the video media used in the show was put together by the two of them. The tour mounted in April, 2013 and took them through the UK, Ireland, Germany and Holland. The Last At Bat Tour is considered[by whom?] to be Meat Loaf's greatest tour to date.
Paul is now working with Meat Loaf on song arrangements/ video production for a Las Vegas residency...
- Meat Loaf: "Guilty Pleasures, Live in Sydney, Australia" Mixed and performed, released in 2012
- Meat Loaf: "Hell In A Handbasket" Produced and Engineered by Paul Crook, released 10/2011
- Meat Loaf: "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" Produced by Rob Cavallo released 4/2010
- Adam Lambert: "Time For Miracles" Soundtrack for the Major Motion Picture: "2012"
- Meat Loaf: "Bat Out Of Hell III, The Monster's Loose" Produced by Desmond Child
- Marya Roxx: "21?!" Produced by Kevin Shirley
- Meat Loaf: 3 Bats Live DVD and CD
- Meat Loaf: Bat out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra DVD and CD.
- Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose CD
- Meat Loaf: "Couldn't Have Said It Better" music video.
- Anthrax: Stomp 442 CD
- Anthrax: Volume 8: The Threat Is Real CD
- Anthrax: "Twister Forever" CD
- Anthrax: "The Four Horsemen" CD
- Sebastian Bach: "The Last Hard Men"
- Glenn Hughes: "Building The Machine"
- M.O.D.: The Rebel You Love to Hate CD
- John Carpenter's: Ghosts of Mars Major Motion Picture soundtrack
- Currently the Lead Guitarist for Meat Loaf
- Lead Guitarist for the Queen musical We Will Rock You in Las Vegas 2004-05
- Lead Guitarist for Anthrax 1995-2001
- Lead Guitarist for Sebastian Bach
- http://soundperformancelab.com/Ref/paul_crook.html[dead link]