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geddy ·
USA Today Posted this article at 4:40 this morning http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2005-03-28-paul-hes...it_x.htm?POE=LIFISVA Crowded House drummer Hester found dead SYDNEY, Australia (AP) � The drummer from popular 1980s Australian rock band Crowded House hanged himself in a park in southern Australia, an emergency services spokeswoman said Monday. Paul Hester, 46, failed to return home after taking his two dogs for a walk on Friday night. The drummer's body was later found in a park...
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sharkattacker ·
Talk about Four Seasons In One Day...... I have spent the day oscilating between utter shock and sadness to actually laughing out loud remembering Paul. I first met Paul in the Do Re Mi days, when I guess he was only 'a bit' famous. He was funny and friendly. I was thrilled when he joined the Enz, he was Enz material, if he was going to be in the Enz he had to be special. Special is what we got with Paul Hester. A fantastic drummer, but always terrific fun on and off the stage. When the Enz...
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brown_eyed_dog ·
I'm new to this forum, but a long-time fan of Crowded House from Canada. I got the sad news last night via email from an Australian friend of mine, and needless to say, I've been in shock ever since. In a tribute to Paul, last night I dug out my Crowded House dvd and watched music videos - in a strange bit of irony, in the vido for "It's Only Natural", there's one clip where Paul Hester is seen coming out the sunroof of a car wearing the t-shirt of my favorite Canadian band, Blue Rodeo. To...
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Secret God (Stew) ·
Neil Finn has just recently posted an update on the FinnBros.Com website: MESSAGE FROM NEIL - Mon, 28 Mar 2005 "It was with deepest sadness and shock that I learned yesterday of the passing away of one of my closest friends, Paul Hester. Nick Seymour will be joining Tim and me here in London today to share our grief. The Finn Brothers shows this week at the Royal Albert Hall will go ahead as we don't know what else to do at this time other than to be with those closest to us and Paul and to...
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dvbtucson ·
Came in to work this morning to find out about Paul - totally devastating for me, so I can only imagine how painful it is for his friends/family. Having experienced the pain of losing someone I know by suicide before, my heart aches for them. Oddest thing is this morning I decided to listen to an old Crowded House live CD that I haven't listened to in ages. I was remembering how fun it was to see Paul on stage the few times I got to see Crowded House. Especially during Sister Madly.... Paul...
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brob108 ·
A very sad and shattering announcement for all who knew and loved Paul Hester. May peace be with you now Paul. Deepest respect to you, your family and all close to you.
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Michael280582 ·
Crowded House wil allways be my favorite band, a part of Crowded House is now gone forever. RIP Paul Hester. We will remember you. I also joined this forum just to express my condoleances. Love and respect for a great musician
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Cally's Girl ·
i won't forget this morning, i had forgotten to cancel my alarm that goes off at 7am monday to friday as it went off i could hear my radio in the back ground and at hearing the music industry is in mourning for split enz and crowded house drummer Paul Hester... then shortly after my mother messaging me with the same news it still didn't really sink in until i was watching Music max and sessions came on with Neil and Tim,laughing out loud at Paul stealing Neils guitar 7 years ago, watching as...
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Shadowman ·
Just checked my email and found a message "Paul Hester, may he rest in peace." And I thougt that he was finally going to release his cd with a new title. It's so sad that he did this......... My thoughts are with his family and his friends. Having seen the damage and anger such a tremendous shock causes, I hope that they are alright.
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Florance ·
It's very sad. Especially for is family and friends. I am a crowded house fan since a year. I have never seen live shows and I have never seen videoclips of crowded house. I have never known anything about paul hester. And there is only one Paul hester song that I like. But still I am very shocked. I hope that the finn brothers will play one of his songs on the forthcoming shows in the Netherlands, my telly's gone bung. I would have like to have known you, but I was just a kid. your candle...
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silent stream ·
from news limited newspapers in australia Hester's love turmoil March 29, 2005 From: DRAMATIC details of rock star Paul Hester's death, and his recent split with the woman he hoped to marry, were revealed last night. Friends told how the Crowded House drummer had suffered turmoil in his love life, first the end of his romance with the mother of his two daughters and then parting with New Zealand singer Kashan, whom he had planned to wed in May. But 46-year-old Hester gave no indication he...
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ovalsonic ·
It is heartening to see so many personal tributes to Paul Hester. As is once will always be...
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Nick Hamblin ·
It's absolutely shocking news and I hope the Hester family can find some comfort in the great support they are sure to receive - we are the poorer for having lost him but infinitly richer for having known him. I'm playing at an open-mic night (if there are any Bristolian Frenz then come along to the Bunch of Grapes pub) and intend to pay tribute to Paul - a version of Italian Plastic and maybe even This is Massive will be my way of honouring him.
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RecurinDream ·
I was saddened to hear about the death of Paul Hester. He was a great musician and seemed like such a fun and happy guy. My prayers go out to his family and his former band mates who I'm sure are suffering terribly at this time. May his soul rest in peace and his music live on. "Don't stand around like friends at a funeral, eyes to the ground, it could have been you...Why do you weep for the passing of ages...." "Love this life, don't wait until the next one comes...Maybe the day will come...
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boarderGurl ·
Thanks, sasswa, for the update on the gig. I wish I could've been there.....it sounds like the boys did an excellent job for their mate Paul. And thanks to all the people dropping by the Next Exit Chat Room.....it's been nice meeting you, even under the circumstances. And great to chat about the great man and musician Paul Hester. Gen
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bubsy2u ·
What an absolute shock. I always loved Paul Hester, being he was always my favourite from Crowded House because of his funny side and antics. I can't beleive we were just watching Foxtel on Saturday on Music Max Sessions and he was doing it with K D Lang, and I thought "Ohh, theres my favourite man from Crowded House!!! And he still looks great!!" Deepest Sympathy to his family and daughters. It just goes to prove those horrible demons of the mind can affect the nicest, funniest and most...
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Stiletto ·
Like everyone here, I am also in shock about Paul.....it is something that will leave a scar on us all for a long time. My family and I, all of us are fans of Crowded House and Paul and will miss him dearly. With the torment of his passing, it causes me to think back over years of memories that the music of Paul and Crowded House have brought me. I don't think that Paul would want to be remembered in the tragedy of his death, but in the joy, exuberance and enthusiasm that was his life. We...
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Nick Hamblin ·
I sitting with my family eating lunch when I heard. All of a sudden my mum turned to me and said: 'You know the drummer from Crowded House?' 'Paul Hester, yeah' I replied. 'He died. I heard it on the news this morning. Sorry'. 'Oh' was all I could say 'I never would have imagined'. As if by some sort of cosmic fate 'Edible Flowers' started playing on the radio and I had to leave when Neil started singing: 'Who wants that space? Declare it if you dare tonight...' Like a lot of people it's...
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kittenki ·
I've taken my time to write something here...but thats only because i havent known what to write. i was woken at 6 am by the sad news, one of my friends that knows me all too well broke the news, 3hours earlier when feeling a little down and not knowing why was listening to dont dream its over...now i know why it is that i was feeling so down, Paul Hester and the music he's contributed to is indeed a part of me. The music has shaped me to what and who I am today. I'm glad i got to meet him...
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karenw ·
Dear dear Paul. Words can't express how I feel about this horrible horrible tragedy. I can't stop crying, I feel empty, I don't know how to deal with this. I feel so much for his two little girls, how awful for them. My thoughts and prayers are with them, his family, friends, the CH/Enz family. I hope that God helps his family and friends to get through this difficult time. I heard the news on Monday morning. I was lying in bed with my husband, the TV was on, but i was still half asleep, not...
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adamcars ·
a. when i was 14 years old i shaved my temples to imitate paul's receding hairline...i was told i looked like i'd just had a lobotomy. b. i was fortunate enough to be at one of their first gig's in australia - at a new year's eve special taped for the abc's rock arena in the mid 80s. i was awestruck. i think his parents were there (or maybe they were nick's) and he gave me his autograph. i still have the tape and you can see me in the background. c. i was also fortunate enough to see tarmac...
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romony ·
It's strange to be crying over someone I never knew or was even in the same room as, but Hesto was such a likeable person. Not arrogant, yet so silly. It has got me thinking about some bigger things, and I wrote this on my blog this morning: �It's all sweetness and lightness that you bring and a room full of people fall to your infinite charm but when darkness should quickly descend you go quietly, my miserable friend to the depths of despair you will crawl black and white boy� The drummer...
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unilooney ·
A link to a sweet little video tribute TVNZ did http://tvnz.co.nz/view/video_index_skin/video_index_group See 'Close Up' - RIP Paul Hester. Such a loss.
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mike hilliard ·
I saw Crowded House In Nashville,1994-the day AFTER Paul Hester left the group! I missed him by one show! I always held out hope of a possible reunion. It's too bad that now there will be a sad cloud forever over such a positive group. I hope the music is remembered more than this sad event. God bless Paul and God bless us all!
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Lula ·
Thank you Paul Hester for your talent and humour..You are dearly missed.
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messagetomygirl ·
The outpouring of sadness and love is a testiment to the man, both as a musician and as a person. That he was loved by so many, shows us how much we can be touched by his talent and humor. The death of Paul Hester is truly a tragedy, both on a personal level and for the world of music. I have never felt so sad to hear the news of someone passing who has not been in my immediate family. I have been watching the music channel Max as much as I can today, singing along but crying as well. From...
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spencer@work ·
It is tragic that Paul Hester is no longer with us, as many others have said, he was a remarkable artist who gave us all great pleasure. One memory I'd like to share is from 1994/5 when Crowded House played an afternoon gig in Palmerston North, NZ. The weather was fantastic and it was very much like a camp atmosphere. I'm not sure if it was Paul, Nick or Neil who suddenly decided to have members of the audience run a race (boys and girls, then men and women) around the outside of the...
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Parallelexism ·
Hi. Found out about this yesterday morning when my Mum told me. I nearly thought it was somekind of strange nightmare and jumped on the net and checked google only to find it was horrifyingly real. Then I thought to come here. And since then I've wanted to post, but really haven't known what to say. It still feels like a nightmare that someone as seemingly warm and talented could just leave the world in such a sad manner. Not to be rude but I couldnt' believe the sheer dumbness of the...
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dave ·
I just wanted to pass along this touching tribute from the Ron Sexsmith mailing list: Paul Hester was part of the one of the truly gifted musical ensembles of the 80s and 90s. Ever the clown, he was the heart and cheery smile of Crowded House. Forever playing pranks on his fellow musicians both on and off stage, supporting Melbourne's music scene, talking to any and all who approached him on the street. Often, a smile masks unimaginable pain and so it was with Paul. He hanged himself in...
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Angelbaby Bekky ·
And we may never meet again�.� (Throw your arms around me- Hunters and Collectors). When i was working at Moores in Balaclava (St Kilda), there used to be this funny bloke with a permanent dumb struck smirk on his face. He would wander up and down Carlisle street making conversation with the odd person at the coffee house beside the train station. It�s not this guy who i miss. Its the guy with the feverish smile staring out of the Woodface Cd insert, the snare in the background of �Whispers...
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mando ·
My daughter and myself went to the Royal Albert hall last night to see the Finn Brothers we thought the concert may have been cancelled.. what can I say it was a very poinant, we were all there as Neil Finn said feeling the same way shocked and very sad from the news of Paul Hester.. When they started they had 3 microphones and a little snare drum set up on the stage and Neil and Tim came on then Nick appeard to and played some of the greatest of all there records as Crowded House ...It was...
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nicola hunt ·
I hope you don't mind me joining your forum, I found the link in the Magne F forum and I just wanted to say how shocked and saddened I was to hear of the death of Paul Hester. I was always a big fan of Crowded House and my biggest regret is never getting to see them live. I am currently in 'recovery' from clinical depression, and events like this hit home hard - I'm sorry he didn't make it through as I have. Kindest regards, nicola, uk
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Scully ·
I opened my email this morning to find a friend sent me a link about Crowded House. As soon as I saw it, with the last words in the link saying Hester%suicide, I burst into tears and have been crying on and off all day. It hit me like a punch in the stomach. I have been to this site before but never registered until today because I just had to be a part of this wonderful community with all its kind words about Paul and his work. Crowded House has always been my favorite band since I first...
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Jack Horry ·
Today I realised that one of my dreams disappeared. Watching Neil and Tim Finn with Nick Seymour at the Royal Albert Hall made me realise about 5 songs into the main Finn Bros set that I would never see the full line up of Crowded House. I always remember what Paul Hester said at the last Crowded House concerts press conference. Its not word for word but it went something along the line of "we'll be bull****ting about getting together for the next 10 years" I hung on to that comment until...
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Nads000 ·
My significant other woke me to tell me the news that Paul Hester had died. The only other time he has done this was to tell me that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center (9/11). While I cried, I remember thinking "Please God, let him have died from a heart attack." When it became apparent that Paul had taken his own life, I cried again because I can't even begin to imagine how much pain this beautiful soul must have been in. I'm a paramedic, and every time I attend a suicide a...
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bullpitt ·
I have held Paul Hester as my idol for over 20 years. I feel as though I have lost a friend. My thoughts are with your beautiful family. RIP Paul.
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tunners ·
i don't know if i want to say how cool paul was, not after this. i am so bloody sad, amazed and shocked!, and most of all, so bloody angry, what??? paul hester dead. the words are so foreign to me, it can't be true. i am sitting here, getting myself quietly pissed listening to the Largest Living Things, over and over, thinking, maybe i can wake up tomorrow and paul wont have done something stupid, wont have totally ripped us all apart. we live for the day, we throw caution to the wind, paul...
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ClairBear ·
My Tele's Gone Bung... Sweet Dreams Paul, may you be happy with all of the angels. My deepest sympathy for the Hester family and friends. Everyone lost someone dear on Saturday. If I cry I am being selfish, but if I laugh I feel guilty. I don't know what to feel.
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Nads000 ·
Please, don't feel selfish if you cry. Paul Hester gave so bloody much of himself that he touched people he had never met. That is a tremendous gift that he was so willing to give to all of us. Paul gave unselfishly, accept the joy that he gave us unselfishly also. I agree with the post on The Age - I don't cry for my loss, I cry for Paul's pain. Please, don't feel guilty if you laugh. There were so many times when Paul went out of his way to make so many of us laugh.That was who he was, why...
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starlitrhombus ·
I'm amazed at how many lives Paul Hester has impacted, and the outpouring of grief from fans world wide for this Melbourne lad. I can't help thinking that wherever he is, he is deeply regreting taking his life. Although, I hope he has found peace. I didn't know him (wish I had met him at least once), but he seemed like the sort of down-to-earth person who would baulk at all the speculation surrounding his death. I personally don't believe that he suicided over his love life. At least his...
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Ian M ·
Those three boys just had this great chemistry going on. A collective personality that made the music come to life and won them a place in your heart instantly. A lot of that came from Paul Hester - his smile, warmth, wit, and talent (as you've all been saying). It's a terrible tragedy and a real shock to my system. Things should never come to this. My heart weeps for his family and those close to him. I will remember you in my prayers. Ian McPherson
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Stevelah ·
Paul Hester is a real loss. Met him in Toronto, Canada in the late 80's and he was great- happy and hyper and quite engaging. He put some levity in the already great Crowded House shows. He is truly missed- my thoughts are with his family, friends and bandmates.
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pharmgirl ·
A lovely tribute to Paul appeared in today's online Age newspaper: http://www.theage.com.au/news/Opinion/Vale-Paul-Hester/...9/1111862387248.html Vale Paul Hester The sudden death of a celebrated musician stirs powerful emotions, writes Alan Atwood. I never met him. Didn't know him personally. Yet still the death of Paul Hester, the musician, has hit me harder than I would have expected. I've been trying to work out why. It can't just be that, like a great many people, I have a couple of...
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suzanne ·
I don't know if anyone has posted this already because there's so much information on this site now, but I felt I had to do it anyway.. Band reunites for Hester By Rachel Kleinman March 29, 2005 - 10:13AM Former Crowded House bass player Nick Seymour flew from Dublin to perform with Neil and Tim Finn in London last night in honour of drummer Paul Hester, who committed suicide at the weekend. The Finn Brothers played on Monday night (London time) in the first of three scheduled concerts at...
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Crowdieman ·
Just been Watching the farewell to the world concert again and during hole in the river i cried.Man i can't listen to that song now without thinking of Paul Hester. and the words Neil says towards the end : 'Its abit emotional for us tonight,feels more a celebration than a funeral does'nt it really' 'thats the way its should be' Those words he spoke echo true today,We should mourn for Paul but at same time celebrate his life and all he gave to us. Roger RIP Paul
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Winterpumpkin ·
The talk of depression reminds me-last night I was lying there trying to get to sleep, and I saw an ad for a site to go to for help with depression, and I was just like, "Aw, hell...". Such great timing, huh? Also, for those of you who've battled depression or know people who've battled it or lost family members/friends to this kind of thing, I send hugs and my deepest condolances to you all. I really hope we can get this issue taken care of, because nobody should have to experience this.
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emagles ·
Hello to Everyone, my name is Emanuel and I'm from Argentina, way down south america. I've read the notice today at my job and I felt so sad, so sad that it hurts, and when someone asked me "what's with your face?" I didn't say anything, Almost no one knows C.H in my country, so if I'd said "Paul Hester died" he'd probably looked at me weird, I felt so alone. Right now there's nowhere I'd rather be than that square, to put flowers and a candle at the exact point where the tragedy happened,...
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Tanchira ·
At first I wasn�t going to write anything here because I feel unworthy of being called a fan. I only have Recurring Dream and though I love it and the band, and have watched all episodes of Hessie�s Shed but one, I still don�t know half as much Crowded House or Finns as all of you Frenz here. I don�t own any other album of theirs and I�ve never seen any member play live, or met them. I never even knew quite how special and amazing Paul was � even more than I ever surmised � until I read...
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emsie ·
I'm another lurker, first (and a good few years ago) on the Tongue in the Mail list, and now here. Have been reading all these messages for the past couple of days but now I feel compelled to emerge from lurkdom to add my two cents. Wow. Paul Hester. I'm 31 now; I guess I was in my first flush of Crowdie mania at about age 18 - totally obsessed. Though my passion has definitely waned a bit, especially since the band broke up, that band is still my favorite and I think it probably always will...
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Riverdeboz ·
I was listening to some Crowded House music this weekend, remembering their appearance on an MTV Spring Break concert, must have been 1986. They were so full of life, so full of the enjoyment of performing. I was thinking how Paul Hester had boundless fun and spirit and wit. And then I logged onto the Forum last night to read the news of his passing. It's ironic that the one who seemed the clown had perhaps the worst demons of all. Such a sad end to a life not fully lived. Prayers go to the...
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