The story of Paul Crook
Growing up in Green Brook Township, New Jersey, he started playing guitar at the age of 10 when his father, Dennis, bought him a cheap acoustic as a Christmas gift. Crook took to the guitar quickly and found himself practicing hours-on-end. His father, after seeing this for a few years, then bought him his first "real" guitar: a black Gibson Les Paul Custom.
The 10th grade was when Paul found himself in "Triton", his first club band based in South Plainfield, New Jersey. A heavy metal cover band, members included Paul Crook (lead crook guitar), Mark Crook (bass guitar), Gary Columbus (drums), Andreas Weber (rhythm guitar) and Jack Scharniko (vocals). They rehearsed in Gary's basement, where most of Paul's gear remains. Currently Andreas's two sons are in a melodic death metal band of the same name.