Paul always made people smile when he played guitar, there's lots of photographic evidence of this! I remember seeing him with No Fun back in the day, whenever Paul effortlessly peeled off an amazing lead, there was smiling all around the room. Combined with David M's propensity to make people laugh, No Fun shows were always a hoot. Paul's proficiency on guitar was obvious in the recordings, but seeing him live, his combination of skill, spontaneity and incredible tone brought it up another notch.
I lost touch with Paul for a while, until October 2011 when Hello Polly played their debut gig at the Heritage Grill sandwiched between two sets of China Syndrome. As soon as Paul appeared in his full regalia and plugged in, I swear the whole room was smiling and it seemed no time has passed. They totally blew us off the stage.
And I haven't even talked about his songs!
Don Vito Donatiello