"The thing about high school was, there was never anyone who would sit down with me and explain to me why I was learning what I was learning at the time. I felt I had enough to get me through every day life, why do I need more? So my mind always went to things I was interested in. I wasn't interested in history until after high school. Math bored the shit out of me, then I learned that drumming and music have a lot to do with mathematics, so I started thinking: 'Wow, maybe I should've taken more of an interest in mat'."Fortuantely for Paul he graduated from Newark Memorial High School. Before playing in metalband Forbidden, he jammed with a bunch of guys called Rick Cottingham, Ken Keeler and Eric Shmidt. They played at school and at garage parties. His first real gig was at the Old Keystone in Paloalto in 1985. Paul had a special knack for a drumkit before he really knew how to play them.
"I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off with my walkman with Slayer in it. (...)I pretty much ate, breath and slept Slayer in 12 days."Many people said Paul Bostaph had awfully big shoes to fill, referring to the excellent - and very popular - Dave Lombardo. To that, leadsinger Tom said: "Actually, the shoes are a little too tight". In 1992, when Paul was still new in Slayer, he was contacted by Testament who wanted him to do a show with them. It resulted in the Testament live album "Return To The Apocalyptic City" featuring Paul Bostaph on drums.
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