You may have seen Hobo’s comments on here, and I’d like to tell you a little about this guy. Hobo (Paul) is an old friend, going back 45 years or more, and he was the one guy in our little group who had a real and very cool talent – he was and is a guitar player extraordinaire.
I remember him playing in school assemblies as a young teenager, nailing Purple Haze, and over the years he grew to become one of the best lead guitarists in different bands on the downtown Toronto club circuit. He made the guitar sing and sizzle, he had a presence about him on stage, and I was very proud of him.
I still am, but you know what I mean. I was an aimless punk walking around in circles, and my friend was a rock and roll guitarist.
He and I would sometimes get together and spend hours or all night talking about music and the Habs, and you can tell by some of his comments that he’s very opinionated but also very intelligent with what he says. And Paul’s been a Habs fan for pretty well as long as I have, which is a bit now.
The photo above is of his 1967 Fender Telecaster which was originally clear wood but he painted it red to look more like the one Muddy Waters had. You can also see a small Habs sticker on it, and Paul would delight in pulling out this Habs guitar and strapping it on when he was playing Toronto clubs where Leaf players would go.
When I own the team, which should be soon now, I’m going to ask Hobo to play the national anthem on his Telecaster, like Hendrix did with The Star Spangled Banner.
Hopefully he’ll say yes. I’m sure he will.