Biography

Paul Tobias was born Paul Huge in Lafayette, Indiana in 1963. Paul met Axl Rose for the first time in high school, and they ended up being pretty good friends. They played together in the same band when they lived in Lafayette, and they wrote “Back Off Bitch” around that time. In 1982, Paul moved to Los Angeles to find a band. He ended up playing in various cover bands, and he met Axl there. Paul co-wrote “Shadow Of Your Love” with Axl and Izzy at some point in Los Angeles.

While Paul’s old friend, Axl, and his band Guns N’ Roses became famous, Paul continued playing in various L.A. bands. He didn’t really get anywhere with music, until Axl asked Paul to play guitar on the Guns N’ Roses’ version of The Rolling Stones’ song “Sympathy For The Devil” (that was made for the “Interview With the Vampire” soundtrack), in 1994. Paul accepted, and from 1994, Paul worked with Guns N’ Roses as a member of the band.

Slash didn’t like the fact that Axl had kicked out Gilby Clarke, and he didn’t think Paul was good enough for the band. Duff too had some concerns regarding Paul joining, because he felt like Axl dictated the direction of the band. He wanted to have some sort of vote about it. Both Slash and Duff soon left, and when Matt was fired after being incapable of dealing with differences between himself and Paul, he blamed Paul for the “break up” of the band. Matt later said that the last thing Matt said to Paul after Axl had fired him was: “Do you feel good about breaking up one of the greatest bands that ever lived?” Axl defended Paul on several occations, claiming Paul only wanted to contribute to the band. He also claimed no one suggested anyone else than Paul for the job as rhythm guitar player.

According to the Spin article about Axl in 1999, Tobias has spent lots of time working with Axl and Dizzy in the studio. Tobias is “the kind of guy who’s always in the studio”, according to temporary Guns N’ Roses drummer Chris Vrenna. Tommy Stinson said that Paul “has the whole Guns attitude but he’s never toured”. For the time he was in the band, he was a songwriter, and he was credited for the song “Oh My God” that was recorded for the “End Of Days” soundtrack. On the upcoming album, “Chinese Democracy,” there will probably be some songs written by Paul Tobias.

Paul debuted for Guns N’ Roses at the show in Las Vegas, January 1, 2001. This was his 4th show ever. In Las Vegas, Axl introduced Paul both as Tobias and Huge, and he later apologized for using Huge, as Paul doesn’t like that name (for an unknown reason). Paul’s 2nd show with the band, was at Rock In Rio 3. At that show, Axl said “Without Paul, there would be no more Guns N’ Roses” - a claim repeated several times.

Paul Tobias left GnR’s touring line-up before the European/Asian tour in the summer of 2002. Apparently, Paul did not feel comfortable playing live. Richard Fortus was brought in as Paul’s replacement. Paul is possibly still a “member” of the band - he’s just not touring. Sources claims he has remained in the studio, working with Axl - a claim backed up by the fact that Paul, according to Axl, was gonna be there to make the album happen.

Edited by xBrownstonex on 22 Aug 2008, 16:49

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