Paul Cush, Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals for WA’s Creedence tribute ‘Proud Mary’ featuring Eddie Parise (ex Baby Animals), Frank Celenza (ex Baby Animals) and Lead Vocalist Ryan Rafferty (Ragdoll)
Paul credits Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live And Dangerous’ gig at The Rainbow Theater in North London back in 1978, as a life changing moment. His father Peter, returned home from the video store one night with a copy of the Live And Dangerous gig wanting his young son to check out the drummer, Brian Downey. As soon as Paul spotted the twin Les Paul guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson he was immediately hooked! Paul was twelve years old at the time and had been learning sax for a couple of months through his school’s music program.
Not long after the Lizzy moment Peter had come into possession, through his local second hand store, of a black ‘Canora’ acoustic guitar that Paul still owns today and once given the guitar the sax was history.
Paul’s father had a massive influence on his musical taste at a young age, as he too is a musician and had his own band. He always had a guitar laying around the house and would also let Paul go through his record and cassette collections. Through this, Paul discovered bands and artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Angels, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, Little Richard and even John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes!
As Paul has progressed throughout the years he’s taken interest in Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Darkness, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Creedence, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravits, Bon Jovi, Joe Bonamassa and local legend Michael Vdelli.
Paul is now reveling in his current role as lead guitarist for Proud Mary after years of just trying to get a gig and is currently writing music for original projects and enjoys playing the odd gig here and there with local musicians. He aims to have his own original band very soon and who knows what the future may bring…
Check out www.proudmarytribute.com.au