Remember the band The Payolas of the eighties and the song Eyes Of A Stranger? They later changed that to Rock And Hyde as the band was comprised of Paul Hyde and Bob Rock. Paul Hyde later went solo while Bob Rock went on to be producer extraordinaire producing such bands as Bon Jovi, Cher, Jann Arden and more.
But where are they now? According to a recent interview in Music Express with my friend Keith Sharp, Paul has drifted into semi-retirement while his partner in crime Bob wouldn’t mind a reunion maybe one day.
Having retired from touring to instead work first, as a landscaper and then as a stucco plasterer, Hyde has released four solo albums since dissolving his Rock & Hyde relationship with Bob Rock, and although the pair teased Payola fans with the 2003 release of `Langford Part One’ an Ep of new material, Hyde allowed that a Payolas revival is not in the cards.
“Bob would do it in a heart beat but the problem is with me,” Hyde explained. “I have a problem with a fear of performing. I never really enjoyed it. Going on stage always made me nervous. Apparently, as you get older, stage fright gets worse, you just have this fear of screwing up. I think the last public performance I gave was for a food bank charity gig with Colin James about four years ago and I totally hated that experience.”
Hyde also takes a fatherly pride in the recording success generated by his two daughters, Dani and Lizzy recording on the Vancouver-based 604 label and son Dave is showing promise as a rapper.
Yet he is surprisingly complacent when it comes to his own recording career which is sad having interviewed him a few times myself in the past as he is a brilliant storyteller and just an all around nice guy to listen to and chat with. His 2002 solo offering, The Big Book Of Sad Songs Volume One is still one of my favorite listens as it just takes you away to another world.
He recently joined Alan Doyle on one of his own tracks Forever Light Will Shine on Alan’s A Week At The Warehouse which is absolutely brilliant.
However according to this interview, that might be all we get from this brilliant genius known as Paul Hyde so go back and listen to some of the gems from this guy whether with Payolas or solo, it’s a great trip down memory lane to one of the great voices and storytellers of our time.
Source and Photo Credit: Music Express