Paul LaPlaca

Paul LaPlaca


Paul LaPlaca is a multi-instrumentalist from the Buffalo NY area. He is a two-time first place winner for the Western NY Hottest Guitarist competition and played with several award-winning bands before moving to NYC in 1994. 


His first professional gig was with noise guitar legend VON LMO who LaPlaca recorded tracks for his last studio album. They played the final days of New York City’s most important live venues – CBGBs, The Continental, and Max’s Kansas City.


LaPlaca moved on to front Brooklyn’s prog-metal juggernaut October Thorns which launched the career of late bass virtuoso David Z who went on to play with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Joan Jett, and ZO2. When ZO2 toured with KISS and Poison in 2004, Paul was invited to play keys as well.


Chris Caffery from Savatage and Ted Poley both utilized LaPlaca as a utility keys/ guitar/ backing vocalist for several international tours.


Bass opportunities started opening up with Adriangale at the Melodic Rock Fest in Chicago, the reformed Carnivore in NYC, and Drift Into Black.


Paul has also played with The Great Kat, THOR, Grey Skies Fallen, and Zandelle. As a touring tech he has worked for Testament, Living Colour, Metal Church, and DORO.