Paul Needs is a rock/blues singer, writer and guitarist, from south Wales in the UK - a part of the world that has raised notable artists such as John Cale, Badfinger, Man, Amen Corner, The Manic Street Preachers, The Stereophonics, Budgie, Tom Jones... and many more.
Paul performed in both original and club bands, and worked solo for nearly 20 years, with total experience more 32 years in the business.
In the early hours of December 27th 2012, he was carrying his equipment out from another successful Boxing Day show in Cardiff.
Four steps from the bottom of the staircase at the Cardiff Bus Sports Social Club, he missed a stair & fell headlong to the bottom, tipped over by the gear he was carrying, & severely hurting his neck in the process, causing a condition called ‘Central Cord Syndrome’ - a compression of the spinal cord. He was paralysed.
“While it was all incredibly scary, & somewhat undignified in being fed, catheterised & using a bed pan, I was really happy to be there. The staff were all absolutely incredible – in all departments – the nurses were amazing & took fantastic care of me, & physiotherapy got me on my feet & using at least one of my arms again”.
“For months I was unable to hold a guitar – or even touch the strings as my fingers are hyper-sensitive – touching anything – even my cats soft fur – was pretty painful”
Paul continues to recover, his playing being, “no way up to my pre-fall standard, but improving each time I play”. He has been a musician since he was around ten years old, when he started to learn woodwind instruments at school. Having moved to French Horn, he abandoned classical training at the age of 12, when he discovered the sound of electric guitar - which has been his passion and a part of him ever since.
Paul's other passions are his partner Beth, his son Matthew and his collection of cats - ‘LOL Cats’ and 'Simon's Cat' were made for him. Oh, and the other thing he really likes is tea - proper tea though, none of those fruity or herbal infusions that somehow have got themselves labelled as tea.
Musically, his taste has broadened from when he was a teenager - as usually happens to those who are lucky enough to get older. That said, his taste was fairly broad anyway, including both 60s pop and rock as well as the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, etc.
He is happy that despite a near catastrophic accident, he is still breathing and able to write and record music.