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Thursday, January 07, 2010
A Chat with Paul Bonehead Arthurs
The hot sun is beaming down on the face of the rhythm guitarist playing onstage in Mexico in 1999. On occasions he gazes up to the sun, he is slightly blinded by its glare and he is annoyed that he has left his sunglasses behind in the dressing room but happy he is no longer a plasterer from Manchester.
The congregation of fans sing in unison to the hits, even though the rhythm guitarist is feeling an overwhelming sense of joy and fulfillment with each chord, he cannot afford to show his emotions. That is not the rock and roll way, you must stay cool and not appear fazed by the occasion.
He glances across the stage and gazes at his friends, as the powerful music pumps out of the speakers. They gaze back but with no acknowledgement nor a smile, that is not the rock and roll way. He bows his head and out of eye shot he smiles as he fondly recalls the journey the band have taken to get here. As the song comes to an end, the crowd applauds, while the lead singer acknowledges their delight. The rhythm guitarist thinks, this is a good life, but also he knows for himself it is time to say goodbye to Oasis.
Matteo Sedazzari from ZANI caught up with Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs at a Snooker Hall on the outskirts of Manchester, as he was shooting a few frames in-between recording and playing live. He was keen to talk about The Vortex, Oasis and much more.
© Words – Matteo Sedazzari/ZANI Ltd
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